New Year’s Eve with Blind Melon

I cannot believe I am not going. The NYE show is even in my original home state, so I should be representing hard. Having had the NYC show cancelled just about a month ago, it would be so good. How many times have I actually done something on NYE that I was really psyched about, that I was really invested in.

But I do have my sister in town (from Portland, OR), my dad decided to come into town, some really good friends of ours are coming in for NYE/day (with their brand new baby boy. Welcome, Jonah!)…so this is what I need to dive into and focus on and be grateful for.

To all of you going, make sure you give your sweat and tears to the band, to each other. I would.

Blind Melon – The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

Oh my! Oh my goodness! Oh me oh my!

Just like my so called and soon to be album review posts, I just can’t find a lot of words.

Yes, I was the dude who couldn’t walk for 3 days after the show because of my euphoric bouncing and hopping in front of Rogers. Pretty much going off, going in, going out, going up. Sweated my ass off. High-fived the band and Nell. Talked to Travis’s fiance.

Good vibes. Great vibes.

Not sure what else to say right now. It’s been a couple weeks and I’m still feeling so good. And imagine – that was basically my first show in years. Grad school, 2 kids, living in central-ish New Hampshire.

So, yes, plug the band: buy the new album, the old albums. Go see them live. Get into it.

Blind Melon – “For My Friends” review

I can’t wait to write one. But I’m not sure I’m going to have the time right now as I’m in the middle of packing up a house and moving in under a week.

Every time I listen to it, new things come to me…new ideas, new thoughts, new perspectives on these guys.

I really think the album has some of the qualities of the other albums, which makes me smile that the 4 “veterans” are moving forward with a head of steam. There, of course, is also the “new” component, the new feel, some new idealism and perspective.

But I’ll save my review for another date.

More importantly, what do YOU think of it? What’s your experience been with this band and their music? I’d love to hear from folks who are just getting into them for the first time. What a great album to have as that first impression, that imprint, that “first time.” There’s usually nothing like it. But over 10 years makes this album feel like I get a second “first time” listening to them again.

Peace, Y’all.

Blind Melon “For My Friends” – Welcome back, boys

There is not enough space on this page or time in this day to tell the BIG story about my relationship with this band. But let’s just keep this short, sweet, and simple and share how great it feels to hear these guys playing music together again.

All the side projects and other gigs they each did over the past decade-plus were fun, but there really is a magic to what these guys can do. And welcome, Travis.

I have to admit that this is the first album/CD I’ve purchased in quite a long time. Go out and buy it. It’s a great listen, no matter what your story is.

Loving the importance of my friends,

J