Happy Halloween! “Joel Pugerman”

Since Tally and I didn’t get dressed up this year, I decided to just share photo’s of her costume from last year. She went as Joel Zimmerman (her favorite musician). Since then he has released a new album entitled “>insert album title here<“. It kicks ass, go check it out! ~Shay



Matisyahu Concert: Oct. 23rd

This past Tuesday I was lucky enough to see Matisyahu live for the first time. Matis is a rapping, Reggae musician that I have been a fan of for a very long time. My mother surprised me with a whole bunch of cd’s for my birthday one year, and “Youth” was one of them. It was so refreshing to hear something that wasn’t the usual country, or praise and worship that I had become so used too. But eventually, bands like My Chemical Romance, The Offsprings, and of course Linkin Park, engulfed most of my time. I began to stray from Reggae, and instead ran to the arms of Alternative Punk Rock.

About 3 months ago I was at my sister’s house in Pensacola. We were just walking around talking with, I believe it was VH1, playing in the background when all of a sudden, I heard it. It was a familiar voice singing an unfamiliar song. The song was “Sunshine”. I found the tv that was emitting this beautiful song and was literally floored by what I saw. That was the first time I had seen Matis’, “new look”. So cute! After the song had finished, I instantly went out and bought Spark Seeker. The track “Crossroads” is without a doubt my favorite, but the video for “Sunshine” makes me tear up. Overall, I love this album. I think I fell so hard for this album because it was not only a symbol of change (for me), but also old times- my “youth”.

I seen Matis a couple hours before the concert. We were out walking around and I seen him sitting down on a set of stairs. He had his shirt off, was really sweaty and winded. (He had clearly just got done working out.) He looked straight at me when I had him, and I just instantly said “Hey, looking forward to tonight”. He just smiled at me, gave a little nod and I just kept walking. (Didn’t want to keep him.)

There was a photographer standing to my right during the concert. Her name is Destiny, and the above photo’s were taken by her. Be sure to check out ThePeir.org for more of her photo’s. (Is also a great site for fans to stay up to date on everything Reggae.) Go check it out! ~Shay

Matt And Kim Concert @ The Ritz Ybor

Last night my sister and I attended a Matt And Kim concert at The Ritz in Ybor City. I expected it to be a bit like a party, but damn was it so much more than that. I absolutely love these two, I’ve made mention of this in this blog post about how Kim is my 3rd all time favorite drummer. But hearing and watching her perform live was a real treat. Being right up front was a first for me, and I have found it to make a concert experience that much more amazing. There is nothing like being up close and having them constantly stare you in the face.   I was very glad that I wore makeup and did my hair, or I would have been a bit embarrassed. But being that close is an amazing experience and I will never forget it. Definitely worth the wait and hassle that comes with trying to beat a crowd. I guess it really paid off but seemed to be almost unnecessary. If you got there when they opened the doors, then you were pretty much guaranteed a good spot. (One of the advantages of having a week-day show during the school year, I suppose.)My only complaints would directly pertain to the venue. They decided to wait until the last-minute to print out the guest lists for people who purchased tickets online. So we had to wait an extra 40 minutes, a problem that could have easily been avoided. Their will-call employees did not handle the situation as well as they could have, and were for lack of a better word, a bit dumb. Having the night started off on the wrong foot dampened our spirits a bit, but after a tall $10 shot of Patrón and a bit of luck, we still got right up front.

  If you know a bit about this fantastic band, you should know about how Kim goes into the audience and booty dances on top of everyone. When Matt picked out our side for her to dance over, she needed help up into the audience. So naturally, I held out my hand for her to grab to jump over us. She totally held my hand for like, 3 seconds. Oh my god I am fangirling so hard right now. *Cue high-pitched squeal*

I will never forget last night and highly suggest you give their music a listen. If you’re thinking about seeing these two in concert, do it! It’s a wild ass awesome party that has justifiably helped me deem this day as; the funnest day ever! (Top 3 photo’s were taken by my sister Jena. Others are from The Ritz Ybor site) *Edit* I forgot to mention, when we came out of the venue some guy was playing the Addams Family Theme on his sax. Lol! ~Shay



Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mother’s 58th birthday! She is such a great mom and deserves the world, but being unemployed for a year now has made it hard for me to spoil her here lately. So, we all came bearing gifts of food this year! Here’s some photo’s from the party today. Happy Birthday mom! We all love you! ^_^






After watching the Vice Presidential debates, I need some good music to mellow me out before I settle down for sleep. I’ve enjoyed the tracks by Ellie Goulding that I’ve heard from the radio, but I’ve never taken the chance to sit down and listen to her music extensively. Sometimes I’m not sure what to make of this genre of music. It’s such a strange mix of things – pop, techno, dance – and it’s so popular right now. I also don’t know how to take the performances. Ellie performed last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and while I enjoyed the song, I was so confused. Tangent aside, we’re going to have a listen to her new album Halcyon.

Don’t Say A Word starts the album off slowly, swelling until Ellie’s perfectly shaken and stirred vocals start in with perfect symmetry. This song is the right song…

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I Am A Drummer.

So, it’s no secret that I am an aspiring drummer. I have been drumming for a year and three months now, so today I wanted to check out iMovie and post a, type of “progress” video. Unfortunately, WordPress isn’t what it used to be. (I USED to be able to upload my video’s here, was much more convenient) But I just finished uploading it to my YouTube page… So here it is: me drumming to “Sunshine” by Matisyahu. (Excuse the one mess-up in the beginning)


You can read some about my drumming here, along with my top three favorite drummers. It’s so much fun and I’ll try and post more/new video’s more frequently. 🙂 ~Shay