Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas Quickie

Just wanted to say Hi and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. It's been a long, fun, and exciting day (bunch of pics in my hiplog). We took way more than the necessary amount of pictures and hopefully I'll get to put them up sometimes soon...and maybe (if I even dare) I'll put up some video of the god awful karoke that took place as well (but dont get your hopes up).

Hope everyone got to spend time with their family, friends, and loved ones and had a wonderful day.

I've been M.I.A. in the El Jay community for a couple weeks now.....now it's time to catch up.


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tis the season!

This is gonna be really quick cause I have to get back to work soon.

I just wanted to write and say Hi Hi Hi! Christmas season has been crazy so far and been full of partying, goodies, & friends. I wish people wouldn't make it so commercial, though. It makes me really sad when people forget why this holiday is so special to begin with. It always just makes me so thankful to have all the friends and family that I do. I can't tell you how much I just want to tell everyone that they are so special to me. Ok, I'm a lil cheesy, but I can't help it. I just, sometimes, tend to dwell on the things that are so problematic in my life, and when I really sit down and think...I realize that I am so lucky and so blessed. So yeah, I just wanted to say that...maybe get some other people thinkin on that too.

I can't believe how many parties and how many events I have this month. I'll give you a quick rundown:

---Last night I worked another Hpnotiq event at the new Swarovski store @ Rockafeller Center for their grand opening. It was a private showing so the clientelle was a lil on the snooty side, but I enjoyed talking to a lot of them. They were more friendly than I would have expected (unlike the events I've worked at Tourneau), so it wasn't really torturous. The stuff they had on display was really pretty...a lil too glitz for me, but I can still appreciate it. I liked watching the ice skating on the rink right outside and across from the store. (Ummm...can we go ice skating please?)

---Tonight, I'm going to a showcase (dance) at SOB's. I'm kinda really excited about this. I love supporting my fellow dancers.

---Tomorrow night...The Oohlas? Ladies, are we still down for this or did tix already sell out? I'm still down cause I freakin' love them, but I don't know if they'll be tix left. I'll have to do some 'search.

---Saturday...my first rehearsal for this gig I got as a backup dancer for some solo female R&B artist. Then...dun, dun, dun....Curbside Christmas Bash. I can't wait. It's gonna be full of cookies, cakes, drinks, board games, and the coolest people I know! I'll be bringing the Hpnotiq. One bottle or two? I'll need feedback on this one. Plus, I'll bring some things for mixing. Oh and the mud balls...oh man, you don't even know. My mom's secret recipe. It is soooooooooo good (plus, it's just fun saying you're eating mud balls). And what's this I hear about venturing out late night to Justin Timberlake's SNL afterparty? Totally loves.

---Sunday....rehearsal all day again. Then, it's BDC's last day open @ 57th street (please see hiplog)...*tear.*

---Monday....SPIN magazine party in which I will be Christy Decker for the night cause I forgot to RSVP early enough...lolz. Christy, if you can make it.....puhlease try! Kelly will makeout with bouncers if necessary, so I'm not worried about getting in. ;)

---As for Tuesday...not sure if I'm going home to visit the fam this night or the next day. Depends on what enticing escapades are at hand.

So yeah, that's my entire next week before I go home for the holidays. I should prolly fit shopping in there somewhere. Haha. Ok, back to works for me. Yuck.


PS...I have another audition for Beyoncé in a 3 weeks....eeep!

Monday, December 11, 2006

My review on A review

I haven't really sat down in the past week or so and got the chance to write on any one specific thing, so when I found myself writing a more lengthy response to my dear friend Jessica Are I's latest post...I figured it was worthy of posting on my own el jay. I feel like if I had a laptop, I would write so much more frequently because I would be able to just sit in bed, relax, and type away (hmmm...where can I score myself a laptop without having to actually pay for one, lol). Annnnyways....to give you an overview of what the topic is...it's about the lovely boys of Monty Are I...or more like about their music. Jessica gave her complete track by track review and this is how I responded:

Remember I am speaking towards JAI:
Ok, so first off, I'll state that this has been my most favorite post of yours ever. Maybe it's because I know exactly everything you speak of or maybe it's because I can hear every track in my head as I read over each of your depictions. (Plus, pictures and little side referrals are always fun.)

So now, to answer your questions...obvs you know I love these boys, and obvs you know I can't pick just one song to be my favorite. I will, however, start with saying that Between the Sheets and Hearts Bleeding (not on Wall of People...possibly their first recorded song? I dunno, but you would know this) were my first original favorites. Yes, I think I go through stages....which leads me to the release of The Red Shift where "O Brother" kinda latched onto me even though I am the most uninformed person on any form of politics possible...yet somehow, I still got it. Also, I must note, you forgot to mention the high impact choir vocals at the end of the track. That alone could have been the bait on the hook that reeled me in (bad analogy, I know). Then, my friend...I moved on to Castlebound which might have been my longest running fav. However, when Wall of People got released, I kinda dove into Dublin Waltz and Just In Time (I'm a sucker for ballads). And right now, I can honestly say there isn't a song that I don't get excited about when I hear it come on my iPod playlists. Like you, each song kinda just reminds me of someone or something or just a specific point in time. Music just does that...I hate and love it all at the same time (if you know what I mean).

As for live shows, I've almost been to as many as shows as my ex's band. Ok, maybe not quite that many, but the number is quickly growing. I will definitely say I am going to miss shows at the uber tiny venues like The Continental and not just because it is no longer a performance venue (may it rest in peace), but because MAI is just getting too big to be playing at such places anymore. As for my favorite show, it would have to be my first show ever in RI at Lupos (yes, the night I met you). And when I say first show ever, I literally mean that. It was basically my first rock concert...shocking, I know. I had only seen people like Britney Spears and DMB in concert before (with the one exception of a Local H/Alkaline Trio show in high school that a friend snuck me out to). But anyways, as I was saying, Lupos was pretty much my first real rock experience...or at least what I consider it to be. Being a dancer, I was never really interested to see people just singing and playing their instruments on stage (not to mention I was way into hip-hop and rap and didn't quite have the right kind of appreciation for rock music as I have today). I didn't think there was ever much to it, but when I saw Monty on stage for the first time it basically blew me away. I fell in love with the rock scene almost instantly. Their energy and passion equaled to what I always thought so captivating about dancers moving around so intricately on stage. It was visually gratifying to see them totally rocking out on stage and getting so caught up in the moment. Their connection with the hundreds of fans in the audience has to be my favorite part of it all...it was just awesome. I tend to notice even now, when I go to show, I'm just watching the crowd's reaction to the band playing, and just seeing the connection going on between the two...it is beyond rad. I find it totally fascinating and most definitely inspiring...to do something I love just as much...to find that sort of bond...to have a reason behind what exactly makes us tick. So that would have to be my favorite show, but I can't go without mentioning Warped 05 (another first) on Randall's Island in NYC. All I can remember is tons of dirt, dust, trash, and filth everwhere. I was completely covered in dirt and grime from head to toe...and loved every bit of it!

So in my reply, I'm sure you got more than you bargained for a response, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And now, I must go to sleep. Good night or good morning to you.

Rock on all MAI fans!

So yea, lately I've been taking on a lot of different tasks...y'all know me...busy busy girl. I'll prolly go into detail about what I've been up to at a later date in time, since I'm still waiting to get a few things off the ground. I do have to say...I'm excited about all my upcoming projects It's kept my mind occupied. Tomorrow I have another day off (a nice 4 day weekend...using up all my vacation time that's not allowed to be carried over in the new year). I plan on resting up seeing as I went to bed at 7am this morning (insomnia always gets the best of me), and right now the effects of my lack of sleep is kicking in at this relatively decent hour (at least for me). 2:00am is about my normal bedtime hour....really, there is something wrong with me.

Ok, seriously...I getting really tired. Gnight!


Saturday, December 2, 2006

Are you L.A.M.B. enough?

Yes, I know...It's a lil late to be writing an entry, but I called in sick today at work because I woke up feeling oh-so ill...and I caught in a nap in the early evening hours, so I'm still a lil awake. Not sure why I felt so sick this morning. I did go out last night (to The Annex for a Stolen Transmission evening & the debut of DJ Erica Are I) but I didn't drink or anything like that. The only thing I can think of is that I tried this new energy drink, Tab, for the first time (definitely not liking it either...I'm gonna be sticking to Red Bull even though its getting uber expensive). Anyways, I felt like throwing up all morning long but did everything not to since I have a huge fear of it (yes, weird...I know).

But speaking of last night...I had so much fun. (Pics are now officially up!) Erica bringin back the 90s...definitely a hit. I swear, my feet never stopped moving. Mike and I definitely stuck it out till the end...even Miss DJ herself went home before us (don't worry, there was still music going). We said we'd stopped at "SexyBack," but then "Beating Hearts, Baby" came on...and I couldn't contain myself, so we ended up leaving a lil after 3:00. Doesn't Erica look super hawt in her new L.A.M.B. cashmere hoodie?

Now...speaking of L.A.M.B....I picked up some way mega-ly awesome L.A.M.B. gear myself the other day and I suppose I'll give you a lil fashion show. You can find more pics in my hiplog. Sidenote for those that don't know: my friend Anthony works for L.A.M.B. and was the one that came up with the phrase in the title of this entry and he said Gwen asked him to come up with some ideas for the upcoming season, too...so we'll see.

That's all I can write for now cause I'm starting to feel tired and sick again...I guess that's my cue to go to bed.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


PS...I fixed some things on my website (as you may have already noticed...the music is back up)...and I'll try to fix everything completely by the end of the weekend...not to mention, hopefully updating the music and media pages.