Music is Life.

Hello Friends & Family,

Music is Life. Live Music is Heaven.

My memory stinks.  I blame not getting enough sleep as a kid.  The TV show M.A.S.H. would come on at 11:30pm after the news and I would find myself sneaking  downstairs to watch while my parents were asleep.  Way too late for any little kid to be up.  Sarah will tell you that I can’t remember anything important but remember the dumbest things.  Well, I needed to text my buddy the exact date of a concert we went to back in 1993.  Jerry Garcia Band at MSG on November 12, 1993. 

My original JGB @ MSG 11/12/1993 Ticket Stub

SET 1
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
They Love Each Other
Forever Young
Struggling Man
Money Honey
My Sisters And Brothers
Lay Down Sally

SET 2
Shining Star
You Never Can Tell [C’est La Vie]
Wonderful World
The Maker
Don’t Let Go
That Lucky Old Sun
Tangled Up In Blue

https://jerrygarcia.com/show/1993-11-12-madison-square-garden-new-york-ny/

My high school in Connecticut was heavy into the Grateful Dead and related bands.  Not entirely sure why but it was a convenient spot to be in to be a fan because the Grateful Dead played many shows in the area.  They would do long winter runs at Madison Square Garden in New York City and summer runs at The Meadowlands in New Jersey.  So many great shows with so many great people. 

This show specifically stands outs because it was one of my first Grateful Dead (related) shows and started  a long line of concerts following the likes of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Dead & Company, Phish, Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, Pink Floyd  and Goose.   I’m not entirely sure how many concerts I’ve been to anymore — I stopped counting. I kept as many of the ticket stubs as I could until they just stopped making them and it went completely digital. Each of these stubs tell a story.

My brain has always loved the patterns with music and improvisational opportunities of genres like Jazz.  I played the guitar and messed around with the bass and drums.  There was something very therapeutic with practice that I loved so much.  I remember sitting around my bedroom just rolling through scale patterns and chords.  My mind lost in the  patterns or thinking about something else.  I’m sure I’ll never find it but my college essay was about the magic of music.   My band in high school was named “Rubbing Buddah’s Belly” or #rbb for all the “merch”.  We always joke that there would be a reunion tour one of these days.   Our wives would be the only groupies left. 🙂

Few distinct things I remember from this concert —

  • Jerry Garcia blew my mind.  I loved his solos and his vocals were still solid. 
  • Loved the lights and how they complemented the music.
  • Loved the scene and people.
  • Was very confused why there was so much smoke in the air at the set break.  I was very naive.  Haha. 

Pearl Jam @ Oakland Coliseum 5/12/2022 & 5/12/2022

One of my most favorite bands in high school was Pearl Jam.  It doesn’t get better than the album Ten.  However, I’d never seen them live … until this past month!  They did not disappointment.  Fantastic show! 

Life is short.  Find your joy.  I told myself I would spend more time seeing live music.  It’s so great to see the performers back on the road after COVID.  This year should see my first visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater and possibly a couple of shows with my girls in hopes to pass down the music bug. 

Thank you reading my ramblings. Comment below or send me a note! 

-rjm

iLike Is Pretty Cool

A friend of mine at work and and I were chatting this morning about the classic problem of discovering new music. Low and behold, Web 2.0 to the rescue! Introducing iLike! iLike proclaims to have the following services.

  • – social music discovery
    Discover and share playlists, new music that matches your tastes, and concerts by your favorite artists. The iLike Sidebar* scans your music library, recommends new music, and helps you connect musically with your friends and the broader iLike community. (*Windows Media Player support now available.)
  • – artist services platform – Post Once, Publish Everywhere
    To learn more about iLike’s free suite of services to help artists build viral fan communities on Facebook and beyond, visit www.iLike.com/forartists. Also, see which leading artists use iLike Artist Services to reach their fans.
  • – iLike on facebook
    Add music to your profile, discover concerts by your favorite artists, and see what music and concerts your friends like.
  • – artist community
    Where ordinary listeners pick the hits. 1,000 radio partners. Take a quick tour of GarageBand.
  • – broadcaster community
    Personal broadcasting made simple.
I have to say the concept seems right on. I have a terrible time discovering new music and socializing around music. The toolbar is kick butt. Unfortunately, I was only able to try it on my laptop which doesn’t have my music collection on it but it really integrated well.
The funny thing is that the only person in my gmail account that is a member of iLike is my friend Joe who is the co-founder of Flixster. And, at the bottom on each of the pages there is a strange advertisement for Flixster. I guess they have some sort of partnership in place.
According to Crunchbase, the company was valued at $53.2 million in 2006 and then got a bunch of money from Ticketmaster.com (owned by IAC). (That’s probably the connection back to Flixster because it was reported that Flixster was in deep acquisition discussions with IAC a while back.) Also, take note of the amazing leadership team in place:
Overall. thumbs up. Let’s see if I can find some new music!