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July 21, 2011 by terpfan1980
I'm headed off to an outdoor concert tonite with near record temps forecasted (and apparently being delivered upon).  I'm looking forward to some hot music, but the hot weather, blech.

At least I'm supposed to be under the "roof" (tent type) so I'll have some shade to sit in, but just having gone outside to put the trashcan at the curb and take out a piece of furniture that is a giveaway/throwaway item was nearly enough to wipe me out from the heat.

I'm thinking th...
June 2, 2010 by terpfan1980
My daughter and I headed out tonite (actually yesterday by my local time now) to see the Taylor Swift concert in D.C.  All I can say is that there are going to be a lot of very tired little girls in the a.m.

While I personally enjoyed the show, the crowd was quite heavily tilted to the female persuasion.  Lots of screaming females, young and old.  By the morning, I might be able to hear normally again, after the screams that were going off right behind me stop ringing in my ear...
May 8, 2008 by terpfan1980

I had the pleasure of getting out for an evening of entertainment last nite.  Headed out to catch one of my favorite artists (musician) at a small club within driving distance.  In this case the artist was the former songstress for the TV show Ally McBeal, the lovely and talented Ms. Vonda Shepard.

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I became a fan of Vonda Shepard

December 30, 2007 by terpfan1980
Great to see the news that a mother/daughter combination that submitted an essay to 'win' much sought after tickets to go see Hannah Montana in concert lost those tickets after the essay that was submitted was found to be a lie.

You see, the essay was a tale of a little girl that lost her dad to a roadside bomb in Iraq.  A tale that would be heartbreaking and is sure to gather sympathy.  The kind of sympathy that would certainly have the judges in an essay contest seeing themselves ...
December 11, 2007 by terpfan1980
After years of waiting and wanting, Styx Caught In the Act (Live) is finally available on DVD.  It had previously been released (years ago) on VHS, but with only a few copies in that format surviving, it was getting more and more expensive and I have absolutely refused to buy anything VHS in quite some time (almost since the first day that DVD was available).

Actually, thanks to the lack of releasing this material on DVD for all this time, a cottage industry had sprung up of people that ...
December 6, 2007 by terpfan1980
I need your help folks.  I have a couple of free songs available to me via iTunes (sorry, don't have extras available, only redeemable to me, compliments of having bought some Starbucks gift cards).  I've not used these free song downloads yet because I'm having a devil of a time thinking of what songs I should be getting here.

Don't mistake me for saying that I don't have some favorite artists and songs.  I have plenty of options there, but narrowing down my choices is just no...
November 14, 2007 by terpfan1980
Have to love the news here: Members sue ‘Hannah Montana’ fan club - Membership failed to provide priority to buy concert tickets, lawsuit claims

Apparently taking money and promising services you can't possibly deliver is not acceptable.  Duh!  Who would have thought that?!

Basics of that story (which have been making the rounds in local news in the Washington, D.C. area, where scalpers have been charging, and getting, as much as $2,000 per ticket for tickets to the shows in the ...
November 12, 2007 by terpfan1980
Some time back there was a discussion at an internet forum site I like to frequent (sorry JoeUser's, not like I'm cheatin' on you guys, but I do get around a bit...) about one of the forum member's experiences seeing a concert that was headlined by rock legend Meat Loaf.  The Meat Loaf of Bat Out of Hell fame.  The Meat Loaf that was known for singing the songs he was born to sing, written by the writer that was born to write them (Jim Steinman).  The former Marvin Lee Aday, now l...
November 4, 2007 by terpfan1980
In the last few weeks I finally signed up for an iTunes account.  I've resisted for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is that even at $0.99 a song I still feel that a lot of music is overpriced, and on top of that, even if I do pay that $0.99 a song I wouldn't 'own' the copy but instead would be paying for the rights to play a copy on some limited number of systems and devices.

Over the last few years, the folks at iTunes (and Apple) started pushing for non-DRMed music (musi...
November 1, 2007 by terpfan1980
I'm finally getting a chance to listen to the Eagles Long Road Out of Eden set that I purchased from Wally-world the other day (see some discussion about that purchase here: I don't mind paper packaging, but come on) and wanted to come back and give it a quick thumbs up and highly recommended for those that might want to hear some Eagles tunes.

A review in the local newspaper was a bit harsh and only turned up 'fair to middlin' for the set, but personally I think it's a good collection that i...
October 31, 2007 by terpfan1980
So last night I pick up the new release by the Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden, from the local Wally-world (Wal-Mart, apparently the exclusive seller of this set for now).  I haven't heard any of the set yet, except for the one 'hit single' that has already been released and played on both pop and country stations in my area.  I like that tune (How Long), and hope the rest of the collection is good as well, though I saw some mixed reviews of the set by a reviewer in the local newspa...
October 10, 2007 by terpfan1980
At one point in time (back before Springsteen cozied up to AlGore, John Kerry and company) I was perhaps one of the biggest Springsteen fans you would find.  I had just about every commercially available Bruce Springsteen CD that had been minted, and a few rare recordings as well.  I didn't just like his music, I loved his music.  Just about all of it.

Sadly, Springsteen's political activism came along and I found myself not wanting to hear his music thanks to an association of...
August 28, 2007 by terpfan1980
So, a short while ago I was chowing down on food in one of those 'make a run for the border' places.  While I'm waiting in line a couple comes in with the female in the couple wearing a t-shirt with Gallaudet blazoned across it.  It didn't a genius to read that shirt and observe the couple discussing what they wanted to order in sign language to realize that the shirt was for an attendee of the University and not for someone that was able to hear.  Anyway, I ordered my meal, walke...
April 8, 2007 by terpfan1980
I've heard plenty of people say that the music of my formative years (Styx, Journey, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Kiss, and others) is pure garbage.  I guess the individuals that have said that haven't been listening to current top 20/top 40 music.  If they had been listening to it, then they'd have heard enough of Justin Timberlake to question just what the hell is keeping him in the spotlight?!?

His current "hits" are complete garbage.  Bringing Sexy back?!?  Since when. ...
January 5, 2007 by terpfan1980
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Ah, happy days, even if the weather is dreary and the skies are a bit grey.

Some readers might recall some earlier happiness with a "classic Rock/Pop music" channel on XM that I had been listening to (their Big Tracks channel).  This article is in praise of Sirius' version of same, and somewhat a negative comment on XM's channel.

I'm lovin' the Sirius station that plays "music from my generation", their Clas...