Song of the Day – Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington

I’ve liked the Wolfman for a while, so when I discovered that he was playing at a local venue while I was in New Orleans last month, I was giddy with excitement.

He did not disappoint. In fact, the gig was somehow even better than I had anticipated it would be. He was amazing.

So, as I’m going through a few photos¬†from the trip, here is a song I thought of that stuck with me.

You Can Stay, But The Noise Must Go by Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and The Roadmasters

Song of the Day – Jeff Buckley

Okay, I’m still here. And the song of the day is “Everybody Here Wants You” by Jeff Buckley.

It’s a beautiful song, as so many of Jeff’s were. It’s also late, 2am here, and so a mellow mood is the order of the moment. But this song is also here because he’s the favourite of a good friend, so this is also a mild tribute.

Enjoy the song, I’m gonna get some sleep, and hopefully I’ll see you all in the blogosphere again tomorrow. ūüôā

Song of the Day – ‘Talk Is Cheap’, Chet Faker

So, yesterday was Australia Day, for those playing outside Australia. As such, I felt it right to use an Australian artist for song of the day today.

Coincidentally, on Australia Day each year, Triple J, a national¬†radio station, holds the ‘Hottest 100’ from midday onwards, which is voted on the couple of months prior by everyone anywhere. So we tend to have that playing over the top of our Australia Day BBQ’s with¬†our¬†mates.

The #1 song this year was by an Australian artist. So you get the winner today. ‘Talk Is Cheap’ by Chet Faker.

Song of the Day – The Commodores: ‘Easy’

I gave new meaning to the term ‘lazy Sunday’ today. After working a few nights in a row and having 3-4 hours sleep a day, followed by going to the pub then The Kooks concert last night and rocking in the city, I slept for a whopping 18 hours today. Yep, lazy Sunday iundeed.

As a result, the song of the day is late. But also, it is an easy song.

For today, a live performance of ‘Easy’ by The Commodores at the 1978 AMAs.

 

The Kooks – the wrap-up

G’day folks! Yesterday, the song of the day was ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’¬†by The Kooks, since last night was to be their concert at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.

Well, they performed¬†that song and pretty much all my favourites of theirs. It was off the hook. Second best gig I’ve seen at the Music Bowl. (To be fair, I saw Dave Matthews Band there, so, top that, bands of the world).

Catfish and the Bottlemen opened, followed by The Griswolds. Both were good sets, but, they felt like openers. And then came the big guns.

The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard – courtesy of tonedeaf.com.au

The Kooks rocked harder than even I had expected and the crowd ate it up, totally losing their heads at a lot of the older songs as well as the many songs played from their latest album, Listen, which came out last September.

The gig was awesome, and I’m still listening to them today. Here is one of their newer songs, which absolutely went OFF!

Song of the Day – Gil Scott-Heron

G’day¬†folks! I am hereby challenging myself to get on here and post one song a day. I figure it will at least get me onto WordPress and by that, I will find something else to post about each day as well. I’m using music as a gateway to posting all the things. Because, well, music is my biggest motivator.

Today’s song of the day is ‘When You Are Who You Are’ by Gil Scott-Heron released in¬†1971.

It’s a favourite of mine, not only because its sound is fantastic, or because Gil deserves so much more recognition than he receives, but because the idea of it¬†really resonates with me. Just be who you are, because that is when we are all at our most beautiful.

I endeavour each day to be just who I am. And Gil is here to remind me it’s for the better. Thanks, Gil!

And so it begins…

I have to shout it from the mountain tops!

Though¬†I don’t have a mountain.

I do however have a blog.

So I shall shout it here.

I AM SEEING DAVE MATTHEWS BAND LIVE TONIGHT!! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Actually, I can expand. Today begins the epic journey I have been planning. I see DMB and Gary Clark Jr tonight, and tomorrow I head off on a plane and a coach to reach Byron Bay for this year’s (and my first ever) Bluesfest, which will be my home Friday til Monday. I fly back Tuesday night. So much amazing music and festivities await, and it will truly be the trip of a (my) lifetime. I’m pumped.

Okay, pumped is an understatement. I’m ecstatic. I’m on edge! I’m in party mode already. Watch out, World! You better be ready to paaaaarrrtayyyyyy!!!

Promise I’ll update you all when I return. Or perhaps even tonight after the gig. Unless there’s just too much awesome and I vanish. That’s possible.

Okay, I hope you have all been well. Talk to you soon, fans!

Dave Matthews Band – The Riff

Gary Clark Jr – When My Train Pulls In

And I get to see Joss Stone at the festival! The last night, Monday night. Here’s a message from Joss. Oh she’s so adorable. I’ve told all my friends I am eloping with her and shall never return to Melbourne again. I think they kinda buy it.

Olafur Arnalds

No, I am probably not back. I am still so inescapably busy, I am more frantic than an armless man with an itch.

But check this guy out. I followed my brother into the city to see this musician put on an incredible concert last night at the Melbourne Recital Centre. He is an Icelandic man by the name of Olafur Arnalds. He makes nice music.

My 5 Must Haves On A Deserted Island

I missed a Daily Prompt I wanted to do.

Okay, so I probably missed a few. But, I missed one in the last couple days. I don’t know how. I’m definitely slipping.

Anyway, the prompt was, “What 5 things are must haves with you on a deserted island?”

1. My trumpet.

Yeah, I haven’t played in a while, but I still remember how. I was pretty immersed in it. Had a band and played in a few others and everything. I miss those days. Anyway, point is, if I can’t listen to music, I damn well want to be able to create it. So, I’d take my trumpet.

2. A pet.

I’d need some form of companion. I think it would help my sanity massively to have a pet dog there with me. I don’t have one at the moment. I live in an apartment. But in the future, when I have my own place, I’ll have a dog for sure. I grew up with them. Love them. Man’s best friend. I’m assuming I can gather enough food for the both of us. He may even help with the hunting, if I take the right breed.

3. A hatchet.

You know that shit is gonna come in handy. Firewood needs chopping, branches for shelter need chopping, etc. Anyone read that novel, ‘Hatchet‘? … exactly.

4. Fishing reel.

Thinking practical now. Fruits and such are great, but meat is handy and I’d assume fishing would be easier than hunting. I at least have practice with that one.

5. Flint and steel.

I’ll want a campfire. Warmth, cooking, all that. And try starting a fire without a flint and steel. Tough work.

So that’s my list! What would you want to take on a deserted island with you?

Sunshine Award

I got a Sunshine Award!

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The absolutely, spectacularly, amazing Super Saiyan M over at I’m just Super Saiyan¬†decided to throw the above treat at me. And I caught it, gratefully.

I think the deal with this is to share ten things about myself, and then throw the Sunshine at another ten people who are deserving. Sounds like fun.

But firstly, I want to pimp out Super Saiyan M’s blog, because her blog is just as magnificent and funny as she is.

Seriously, why aren’t you worshiping this girl and her blog already? She’s the bee’s knees, folks!

Okay, now that you have finally caught up to speed with the most-worth-following-blog on the interwebby blogosphere, I have ten things about me to share! Well, actually I have decided to answer ten questions, for I feel they may be more revealing.

1. Put your music player of choice on shuffle and list the first 10 songs.

  • Alabama Shakes – ‘I Found You’
  • Johnnyswim – ‘Heart Beats’
  • Death Cab for Cutie – ‘I Will Possess Your Heart’
  • Alexi Murdoch – ‘Orange Sky’
  • Jason Mraz – ‘Make It Mine’
  • Norah Jones – ‘Turn Me On’
  • Donavon Frankenreiter – ‘Day Dreamer’
  • The Beautiful Girls – ‘La Mar (The Ocean)’
  • Gomez – ‘See The World’
  • Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band – ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’

2. If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Would you take anyone with you?

Oh, too many options! Right now, I’d probably spend a week in New York. And I’d take my housemate with me. I’ve been to the US once, but want to return, and he has never been, and really wants to go. And I know we’d have a blast together. So that’d be cool.

Wait, California! I choose California! You all know who lives in Cali… Sophia Bush!

3. What is your preferred writing implement? (eg. Blue pen, pencil, green pen)

Black pen, typically. I don’t mind a pencil, either. I like the feel of it. It feels lighter to me. Less industrialised. More rustic. There’s a word I’m circumventing, being almost 2 am, but the feel is somewhere around there. And I much prefer jotting notes with pen than computer or other electronica. I’m old school, baby. I’d write my novel in fountain pen if I could.

4. Favourite month and why?

December, I think. It gives us Christmas, which is great family time. Plus lots of warm weather here. You all know by now I am a summer person. The hotter the better. And I’m hoping to spend most of the month down the beach this year. January a close second.

5. Name 3 items you could pick up from where you are.

Well, I have just retreated to bed. From here I could grab Sara Bareilles’ new album ‘The Blessed Unrest’, a deck of Dave Matthews Band playing cards, and a book entitled “The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told’.

6. What is your desktop background currently?

Right now it’s a photo of a baby lemur I took at the zoo that turned out quite nice. I posted about it here.

7. What pets do you have? What are their names?

Right now, no pets. ūüė¶

I know, I hate living in an apartment. I grew up with plenty of pets. My first was Kipper, our German Shepherd. He was the nicest dog ever. So gentle and chill. When I was really little I used to ride him. Mum and Dad had him for a few years before I turned up. He was 17 when he died. I was 12. I was devastated. Best. Dog. Ever. Miss ya still, Kip!

8. Inspiration behind your blog title?

I think I’ve tried to explain this one before. Probably struggled then, too. I just wanted something that reflected who I am, and who I want to be perceived as. ‘Eclectic’ is one of my all time favourite words, and suits me to a ‘t’, so I wanted to use that in some form. And the blog was always going to be about a bit of nothing. Just fun. Just whimsy. Eventually it all clicked!

9. Favourite item of clothing?

That’s tough, there’s a couple I love. I’ve never been much of a material possession lover, but I adore my hippie pants. They are so comfy. I’ll have to throw up a photo on the weekend so you know what I’m on about. I also love my Chicago Blackhawks Jersey. That’s my favourite winter-wear.

10. Name at least one book you loved as a child.

My favourite book ever from childhood is ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. Dude was such a tripper. I loved everything he wrote. But that was just perfect to me. I still adore it. I’m due for another read, actually.

And now, I throw Sunshine at 10 amazing bloggers. If I could give one back to Supersaiyan M, I would, but she’s got one. So I give them to…

Amb at Words Become Superfluous

Kaela at The Girl Who Blogs

Suzie at Suzie81’s Blog

Michaela at The mmmmm Family

Escaping Elegance

Alienorajt

Zooboo

Christy at Words for the Weekend

Meka at Love Mekanism

Jolene at Valley Girl Gone Country

Well done you lot, you’re all some of my favourite bloggers. Why? Because you’re all awesome. Your bloggy ways mean a lot to me, and this experience here would be naught without you all. Thanks for being my bloggy buddies!