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Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Rockin Boyfriend Ronnie Dixon: Digging up some of his bands from the past

I decided to do a blog post of some of the bands my boyfriend used to be in. I used to go to some of these shows. There's quite a bit for Method of Friction that you can find online, but the other one, Dirty Sanchez, is from about 10 years back and pretty rare. So check out Ronnie Dixon rockin out on guitar.



http://youtu.be/9i_JdwOnruo


http://youtu.be/yPt9DqPsEvc


http://youtu.be/rDMRIjd71Fk


http://youtu.be/XWLBm3l0ONs


http://youtu.be/4_seG8NYQWg


http://youtu.be/zVv0zt2SW2E


http://youtu.be/IQ5XbSArdyY


http://youtu.be/9_bSnmwSvrs

Fuel and Tantric in Fredericksburg

Hard Times Cafe in Fredericksburg, VA, my home town, has been getting some bigger acts in this year. I got to catch Fuel there in May and Tantric in June. It's been awhile since I posted a blog due to being busy with my personal life and a new job, so I haven't had the chance for any big concerts lately. But luckily a few decent ones came to me so I was able to go. Both bands were rocking and it was a good time. Here are some pics and videos from those shows. Enjoy!



http://youtu.be/nync8-3V708



http://youtu.be/k4h72sUdvyE


My favorite Fuel song. 
http://youtu.be/9sUbyFH8ldA

http://youtu.be/kaq_2VMNuRA



http://youtu.be/VtBT67_mZSQ

I loved the bottom of his mic stand.

http://youtu.be/1j8IMazpZpI



http://youtu.be/o8gHeF-Ec_8


http://youtu.be/mUx4JKXA-TE


http://youtu.be/Yw2WMwpKMc4

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Farewell Filter/Thank You Dido

A lot has happened in my life the past few months, which is what delayed this blog posting. This will be my last blog entry regarding Filter. I will still keep my blog, because "mewzak" is MY blog. I just used it as one of many tools to help promote one of my favorite bands that I've been especially focused on the past few years. I will not get into personal details, except that the reason I will no longer be going to Filter shows or posting blogs about them, IS just that, personal.

The first week of June I went to 4 Filter shows and it was also the new album release week for "The Sun Comes Out Tonight." I love the album and wish the band success with it. Two of the shows were the closest the band has ever come to me, as part of the Summerland Tour. And I also won entry into an acoustic performance for 102.1 The X in Richmond. Musically, that was a highlight of all the Filter shows I've seen. It was very intimate and I'm glad I got to attend a rare acoustic performance.

Here are some videos and such from that week:











We also got to meet Everclear
I also have some more videos of Everclear and Live on my mewzak youtube channel.

Now, as I said, a lot has happened the past few months. Amid troubles, I got a Samsung Galaxy tablet as a gift for my birthday. And when I registered it online, I got some free credits to the Google Play store. So I got Dido's latest album, "Girl Who Got Away", which I didn't even know was out. I love her and as usual, the right music came to me at the perfect time. So here are some songs and lyrics from that album that fit my life the past few months. The music can say it all better than I can. So thank you Dido (which is kind of funny because one of her earlier well known songs was "Thank You" haha).

"End of Night"
Only now it's gone
I can see the year
See for what it was
And start another day
All the liberty you took
The love that you abused
The friends that you turned
Against me if you could
And youre twisting what I say
All that saying you were scared
It doesn't matter anymore
Cos Im not there
You were careless when the beat kicked in
And careless when it left
And careless all the way
I didn't see it till the end

I feel nothing
When you cry
I hear nothing
See no need to reply
I can smile now
And turn away
Come over here
So you can see me walk away
And celebrate
The end of night
The end of night

It only takes one lie
To bring this house down
Behind closed doors
No one tells the first time round
Pain is worse when you bring it on yourself
The sweetest bully building
A love that couldn't last
You were ugly when the beat kicked in
And ugly when it left
And ugly all the way, I didn't see it till the end

I feel nothing
When you cry
I hear nothing
See no need to reply
I can smile now
And turn away
Come over here
So you can see me walk away
And celebrate
The end of night
The end of night

After the fall comes love
I hate to hate and love to love

I feel nothing
When you cry
I hear nothing
See no need to reply
I can smile now
And turn away
Come over here
So you can see me walk away
And celebrate
The end of night
The end of night



"Love To Blame"
Helen of Troy was the kind of girl
Who really had it all
Not a care in the world but her head was turned
And forever changed
She said one love is lost but another is found
So just take the keys and let's just go, birds fly south


Nothing ventured
Nothing gained
It's all about love
So I'm not to blame
I'm not to blame



She said I've dotted my i's and I've crossed my t's
Had time for friends when they needed me
I try to make sense of senseless things
Try to live how I believe
And of course I leave things behind that I'll regret
But there's time enough for new things yet, for new things yet



When the dust covers the sun
And all you hope for is undone
Will you turn and say
Nothing ventured
Nothing gained
It was all for love so love is to blame
Love is to blame



When the dust covers the sun
And all you hope for is undone
Will you turn and say
Nothing ventured
Nothing gained
It was all for love so love is to blame

Love is to blame


"Go Dreaming"

Another summer coming to an end
And I'm still walking on without a care
And even if the birds have flown, the sun has gone
I'll still be here

Oh I want to walk with kings
Oh and take a chance on things
And though I may give way to those who could cause me pain
And step aside to threats and bullies
I still believe, I still believe

I'd rather go dreaming, believing in something, better than in me
I'd rather die loving, lost in the feeling of letting go
I'd rather die caring, working for something, seeing it as good
I can let it go, I can let it go

They're all flying flags and making noise
Bringing on their speeches drinks and boys
But when they're gone I'll be standing here
And picking up the mess they left
I still believe, I still believe

I'd rather go dreaming, believing in something, better than in me
I'd rather die loving, lost in the feeling of letting go
I'd rather die caring, working for something, seeing it as good
I can let it go, I can let it go


"Loveless Hearts"
I can find the good news in anything
But without you, that's all gone
No one could have told me how much I'd miss you
And how soon the world moves on


How can they not hear me
When I say
Oh, we're not safe anymore



Did loveless hearts build the world
Only to tear it apart
How did those gods tempt you to leave
Just when we needed you most



The sun will rise today as it did yesterday
And I'll keep on going too
But every hour that I get through it breaks my heart
That I am losing more of you



Did loveless hearts build the world
Only to tear it apart
How did those gods tempt you to leave
Just when we needed you most


Saturday, June 22, 2013

My Friend April Parsons


This week I was shocked and saddened by the death of a friend, April Parsons. Sure, she was kinda kooky, but she was also honest, generous and had a huge heart. I'm going to go into some things here that I would not share normally, but I feel sharing them now would honor her life.

April and I met through being fans of Filter. We talked online for quite some time and we confided in each other quite a bit. I only actually met her twice in person, the two times we went on ShipRocked.

The first time she was one of my roommates on the ship. Close to the time of the cruise, some extra things were announced for special experiences with the artists. I had spent my last dime on the trip expenses and could not afford any of them. April, never having met me in person before, paid $300 for me to go to the dinner with the singers. One of the best memories I will ever have of ShipRocked and Filter, I owe to April. I will never forget that favor.

I did pay her back months later when I could, but I just put the check in the mail without telling her, because I knew she would say not to do it. She was surprised when she received it and told me I shouldn't have done it. But she actually needed some money at that time, so I hope my karma ended well on that deed.

Also while onboard, she used her photographer access to get me in early for the Filter set in the auditorium, so I was able to be up front and center for their performance. That was the night Richard handed me his guitar pick to make the scratching noises on his guitar in the breakdown part of "Dose." Yet again, I have her to thank for that moment and memory.

The second time we were on ShipRocked, there was a night I hung out with her by the bar out on the deck and we had a heart to heart. She needed a friend and I'm glad I spent that time with her.

We hadn't kept in contact that much after that, but just a few weeks before her death, I did give her some complimentary comments on some of her photos of Filter from their recent show in Florida. While it was a small gesture, I am glad my last few words to her were kind and I hope they meant something to her.

I only wish I could have said or done something to prevent her from ending her life early... but being someone who struggles with depression myself, I know that sometimes you can't stop someone from resorting to it. I wish she would have still had hope for life. She was beautiful and talented and I hope her spirit now knows that and is at peace.

My condolences to her family and friends, especially her son. I hope he learns how special his mom was as he grows up.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) in Roanoke

Glen Phillips is one of my favorite musicians. He has one of my most favorite singing voices in the world. I remember listening to Toad the Wet Sprocket on the radio when I was a kid playing with my brother outside. I was 9 when their album Fear came out. Then Dulcinea was a staple of my teeny bopper years. I learned how to play the bass line to "Fall Down." I also have a soft spot for the album of their rarities, In Light Syrup. "All She Said" on that album is one of the most gorgeous songs that displays his voice. That one hits me right in the heart.

I remember hearing the announcement on the radio that the band was breaking up when I was in high school and I was upset! But then luckily I got the pleasure to finally see them in concert at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach on their reunion tour during my early 20s. They played a 3 hour set nonstop, it was awesome.

I followed Glen's solo projects as well. Live at Largo was my favorite CD that he did, and the DVD for Abulum was my lullaby during a period of time when I had trouble falling asleep. His voice and acoustic guitar were so soothing to me. His lyrics are raw, heartfelt, twisted, clever and poetic, making him one of my favorite songwriters.

Glen Phillips is one of the few musicians I kept up with who were connecting to their fans online before all the social media sites came about. I remember him sending out emails to his mailing list that he had personally written. And I ordered his solo stuff directly from his website through an independent label. He was one of the first ones I remember doing that.

I've wanted to catch one of his solo shows live for years, and he's passed through this area a few times, but I never made it. So this time I finally got to see him play at Kirk Avenue Music Hall in Roanoke, Virginia. My friend conveniently lives there, so it worked out to go to the show and have a weekend visit.


We got seats front and center, it's a little hole in the wall kind of place, but considering he did a bookstore tour before, I knew it would be small and intimate. It was just Glen, his guitar, and a microphone. He is a very entertaining guy, even besides his music, his witty banter in between songs made the atmosphere that much better. He's got a different way of looking at things and a warped sense of humor, as all of the best artists should.

He played an even mix of solo material and Toad songs, going by his own setlist and then taking some requests as well. There were two solo songs I don't think I've heard before, that I now love, "Blue Sky" and "Blood Pressurize." You can listen to and download a lot of his solo stuff at glenphillips.com


I got videos of about 75% of his set. I wish I'd recorded them all, I regret missing a few of them. But I got the most popular ones and my favorites of his solo songs that he played. "Darkest Hour," "Sleep of the Blessed," and "Back On My Feet" are some I would have loved to hear too. But as he responded to a moment when several requests were shouted out from the audience, he said, "There are so many songs to play..." Which was so true haha, he couldn't play them ALL.

As with a few other favorite musicians of mine that I feel a special connection to, it's always a rush the first time you make direct eye contact during a performance. I was sitting right in front, so it was pretty inevitable haha, but I still felt that intensity when he looked right at me during the first song of the evening. According to my friend, I was smiling the whole time haha, and the best way I can describe how I felt, is what I posted in a comment to him later on facebook, "You made my heart happy."


I was also happy that he came out to mingle afterwards. I bought his most recent solo CD there for him to sign. And it's kind of funny that he wrote "be happy" on it. He's very mild mannered and kind of shy and sweet. I'm glad I got to finally meet him and get a picture with him. It was a heart warming experience.

And here are my videos of the show:

"Crowing"

http://youtu.be/YBT5_mdlPgM

"Dam Would Break"

http://youtu.be/w_JSx8rbyBc

"Small Dark Movies"

http://youtu.be/XFwGHcHVFY0

"Easier"

http://youtu.be/cWyeBEik3dQ

"Solar Flare"

http://youtu.be/CZ-2adW9U1E

"Walk on the Ocean"

http://youtu.be/AbElxJwBZzQ

A NEW Toad the Wet Sprocket song from their upcoming album!

http://youtu.be/stuLzU_W68w

"Fall Down"

http://youtu.be/PO7aNGsI2OU

"Rise Up"

http://youtu.be/rJS37SLH8P8

"Whatever I Fear"

http://youtu.be/Og-bmRndblQ

"Duck and Cover"

http://youtu.be/VsBy6gNcoJs

"Something's Always Wrong"

http://youtu.be/GeeX4YUTvlA

"Thankful"

http://youtu.be/14-d38lCSqk

"All I Want"

http://youtu.be/3Li8pRVsKZ8