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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

Songs I Am Loving At The Moment:

I am absolutely loving track four on this, overall amazing album titled, “Bright Black Heaven”. “Deconstructing Gods”– odd name but awesome track! It starts out with, what sounds like a Marimba, Vibraphone and maybe bells, then transitions into a type of 80’s influenced love anthem. I am just a massive fan of the 80’s, so that might be why I have fallen so hard for Bright Black Heaven. But when I listen to this particular track, I can’t help but imagine myself on a stage -singing to whomever will listen- like a fucking rock star! I highly recommend you go take a listen to this album in its entirety on Spotify. In fact, just go out and buy it. If you’re an 80’s fan, especially of maybe Depeche Mode, Cher or Duran Duran, you will absolutely love this album. Davy Havok has a voice that may, perhaps be an “acquired taste” but trust me, your ears will want nothing less! ****


Matisyahu starts out his newest album “Spark Seeker”, with an amazing song titled, “Crossroads”. This track is definitely my favorite off of this great, circle-disk-of-ear-candy. Not only is it an epic way to start off the new album, but it’s a fantastic song to drum to! I really enjoy rocking out to it, and the next track “Sunshine” is equally drumable. I am super excited to see him live later this month, it will be my first time. I remember when my mother first bought “Youth” for me years ago. Was so nice hearing new music, refreshing music at that, and I still get that feeling with the release of Spark Seeker, here in 2012. I don’t listen to a whole lot of Reggae, but I could listen to Matis all day long! (That is for sure.) I really enjoyed this album, and hope you get a chance to check it out- atleast the 1st two tracks. ***


Overcoming Anxiety (Naturally)

Goal Outfit

Late last night I had a pretty bad anxiety attack. I won’t write down all the things as to why, just because it could happen again. So instead I will just tell you what kind of conclusion I came too afterwards: I am going to get thin. Perhaps it will solve my current problems, maybe it won’t. Is worth a short because I don’t know if I can handle another night like last night…

Started the diet first thing this morning. Woke up extremely early (8:30am) and left the house before anyone woke up. I drove to a neighboring town that has a Walmart, and bought a cheap “goal-outfit”. (Size 7 “skinny jeans”. Adorable medium shirt. Can’t remember the last time I was a size 7…) will be eating healthy, as well as less, and working out a lot. It’s going to be amazing WHEN I get there! Made a promise with my sister that I’d fit beautifully in that outfit by Summer, so she promised she’d cut her nicotine habits by then as well. The Adams Sisters are on their way to becoming healthy!

My sister has a lot of medical related problems but one of the positives from her body, is that she possesses a hyperactive thyroid. So she is nice and thin already or she would have just dieted with me as well. I wish I had a faster metabolism like her…Oh well, wish us luck! I know I am going to need it.