Thursday, November 05, 2009

An Amazing Musical Night

I know, I've been bad about posting. (Thanks, Lindsey, for the encouraging comment!) And in years past I've done NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), where you commit to posting every day in November. No way that's happening this month.

Part of my lack of posting is due to being way too busy. And part of it is because I've had to become very careful about what I say because of who has found and is reading the blog. I've gotten several text messages referring negatively to my blog from a couple guys who were previously in the picture. I've been debating about moving my blog to another platform which will allow me to password-protect certain posts, like fellow blogger Catherinette does. But that takes time, which I am currently short of.

But I HAVE to share what I did last night. A coworker sent around an invite to a talk at NYU featuring Clive Davis, the legendary recording producer who has launched the careers of Janis Joplin, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Chicago, Santana, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, and many many others. It was amazing to hear him speak about his career and hear his passion for what he does.

The after party was at the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square and was a fundraiser for Bob Woodruff's Foundation to support wounded veterans. (Bob Woodruff is the journalist who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq.) He spoke briefly, as did Wilmer Valderrama, who is adorable but seems very down-to-earth. And they introduced The Fray, who sang several songs. My friend and I were standing 10 feet from the stage, and it was incredible. They are so talented and passionate about the music. The lead singer, Isaac Slade, looked directly at me twice while he was singing. And when he came out on stage, he brought his Apple laptop and announced to the crowd that the Yankees had won the World Series. He set the laptop facing the audience on the piano so we could all see the live feed of the Yankees hugging and celebrating. The crowd cheered and watched the celebrations while The Fray sang their first song. The whole thing was fantastic. And although I didn't get to bed until 2 a.m., I feel like these are the kind of opportunities that I have to take advantage of in NYC.

Update: Adding a few pictures taken from my iPhone. The first is Wilmer Valderrama and Bob Woodruff. The others are The Fray.


jman said...

Glad you had a fun evening. However, the anal side of me is moved to state that it was John Hammond who signed Bruce Springsteen (he also signed Bob Dylan) to CBS and maybe at the time Clive Davis was head of CBS. I know he's been around a long time.

Am thinking that if you have never been to a ticker tape parade you should go tomorrow. Who knows maybe Derek Jeter will take one look at you and say "Minka who?"

Vetmommy said...

Another amazing NYC night!

Anonymous said...

How exciting! I'm glad you had a fun night out. I am saddened, however, that you feel you may have to password protect your blog. I think there are many of us out here that are virtually strangers but love to read your thoughts. Please don't let those few 'men' cause you to change your life in any way. You never identify them by name. If they can't handle what you say (and maybe learn from it??), they can just skip your blog. I can't believe they think they have a right to send you messages of any kind at this point. Losers. Rock on, Em!

jamie b said...

So glad to read that you had a fab night. As a Fray lover to another Fray lover, I wanted to pass along our link of photos to the night in case you wanted to use them or just check them out :)

DSS said...

I left you a surprise on my blog! Congrats!