Thursday, December 7, 2017

Brian Setzer Orchestra

I have had the pleasure of seeing the Brian Setzer Orchestra every December for the past several years.  We are so lucky that he comes to our town every year.

Last night, they performed at the Woodruff Art Center, which is the home of the Atlanta Symphony, so you know the sound was amazing.  Of course it was very nicely decorated for the holidays.

Brian Setzer is one of the most amazing entertainers.  He just gives it his ALL - as does the entire orchestra.  I just can only imagine the hours and hours and hours of planning and rehearsal that goes into this show to make it all seem so flawless.

This year, before the show, we got to see some of his guitars up close and personal -very cool!!

 They started out with the classic Glen Miller hit, Pennsylvania 6 - 5000.

He sang a great mixture of Christmas songs, Stray Cats songs and other Rock-a-Billy hits!

The orchestra always takes a small break (union rules I believe) and he is left on stage alone to play/sing "The Christmas Song" and then he was joined on stage by the infamous bass player Johnny Hatton and Bernie Dresel on drums.  While I love the entire orchestra, this is one of my favorite parts of the show...He sang "Fishnet Stockings" and sat on the bass, stood on the bass, stood on the drums - it is just an incredible performance!

The show just leave you feeling high and puts you right into the Christmas spirit.  This year was extra special because he did a tribute to Glen Campbell by singing "Witchita Lineman" and Tom Petty by singing "Running Down a Dream"

If you ever, ever, ever have a chance to see him, trust me - DO IT!!!

Here is the set list:

Pennsylvania 6-5000
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Hoodoo Voodoo Doll
Stray Cat Strut
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (one of my FAVES)
Gene & Eddie
Angels We Have Heard on High
The Dirty Boogie
Jump, Jive an' Wail
Here Comes Santa Claus (complete with Santa Claus on stage, throwing out candy canes)
Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell Tribute)
Runnin' Down a Dream (Tom Petty Tribute)
The Christmas Song
Fishnet Stockings (another Fave)
Rock This Town

The Nutcracker Suite - major highlight of the show!
Jingle Bells

This video is not from last night's show but I just have to share because it is so wonderful

I think he must have really enjoyed the energy of the audience last night because he posted this on Facebook after the show.

Thank you Mr. Setzer for the amazing show - you are one of a kind!!
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

W.I.P. Wednesday

I have still be working away on my Virus Blanket - I recently went to the site where I received the pattern and I see the pattern is no longer free.  I am glad I got it when it was still free and I know I better hang on to it.  Although, I do believe that $4.25 (current price as of this blog post) is well worth the price for this.

I have completed 3 Caron Cakes and the size is now 48" x 48"  - I would like it to be about 60" x 60", which would be a nice size blanket.  But I only have 6 yarn cakes in this colorway (or maybe it is 7 - I can't recall but typically I purchase even numbers because I'm a little bit like Monk and like my numbers to come out even. 😃

So, however big I can make it with the number of yarn cakes I have will be the final size, which hopefully will be close to what I want.

Sorry for the wonky photo - the sides are even but the angle I took the photo doesn't make it seem that way.

Here is a little close up that shows the detail a little better.

Sadly, I think I am going to have to put it aside for a couple of weeks to finish up another project that I want to complete before Christmas (and that project needs blocking time because it is knitted) - I don't really want to set this aside but I think I will have to for now.  

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

W.I.P. Wednesday

I haven't posted any work in progress (WIP) items lately because I just haven't had much time for crafting lately. 

Last week, however, I was out of town for the entire week helping my mom after she had surgery so I had some idle time on my hands and took along a project that I started back in August and then set aside as I got kind of busy.  It was fun picking this up again.

I am making this afghan with Caron Cakes in Rainbow Sprinkles.  The cakes of yarn are 383 yards and 7.1 oz.  After one complete cake, the afghan is 32" x 32", which is about the size of a baby blanket (so if you want to use Caron Cakes for an average baby blanket, one cake should be enough using this pattern - good to know)

Here is the progress so far.  I expect to work on it more this week since it is a holiday weekend.

I like how the yarn flows - it makes it look like I have changed colors on certain row, but I never did - this is just one continuous yarn cake.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

No Roots by Alice Merton

I heard this song on "The Spectrum" channel on Sirius XM this morning and I really liked it so thought I would share it here.  Hope you enjoy.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

A Day in North Georgia

Yesterday, my sister and I decided to ride up to North Georgia and spend the the nice Autumn Day enjoying the great outdoors.

We went to Fausett Sunflower Farm, Burt's Pumpkin Farm and Amicalola State Park.  We stopped for a BBQ dinner on the way home at Jim & Nick's BBQ

It was a great day!!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Adam Ant - Anthems Tour

So...back in March, I had to have surgery to remove a tumor from one of my parathyroid I was laying in the pre-op room, I was browsing my phone and saw that Adam Ant tickets were going on sale the following day (while I would be in the hospital recuperating).  Thank goodness for my wonderful sister, who KNOWS how much I love him....

She said, don't worry, I will take care of it and get us VIP tickets and she did.  So I have been waiting for months and months for September 23rd to get here and did!!

We were in the recently renovated Variety Playhouse - they did a fabulous job renovating this place.  They raised the stage so if you sit, you can see over the mosh pit.  I am short so I don't like standing in the pit because I can't see but we were on the 2nd row and our seats were FANTASTIC!

We were allowed to go in early (since we had VIP tickets).  He sang lots of old songs - all old songs - off his first 4 albums.  I was in pure heaven the entire time.

Set List:
Beat My Guest - I couldn't believe he opened with this - what a way to start the show
Vive Le Rock
Dog Eat Dog
Apollo 9
Friend or Foe
Room at the Top
Desparate But not Serious
Cartrouble (one of my faves)
Young Parisians - another surprise - not sure I ever heard him sing this live
Prince Charming
Gotta Be a Sin
Puss 'n Boots
Can't Set Rules About Love - again - a surprise but great to hear
Christian D'or
Kings of the Wild Frontier
Greta X - I loved that he sang this - was not expecting that!!
B-Side Baby - another fave of mine
Stand & Deliver

Goody Two Shoes (expected, of course)
Lady / Fall In - so happy!!
Red Scab
Physical (You're So)

Wow! Wow! Wow!
An amazing show - we danced the entire time and I loved that it was so up close and intimate.  He was interactive with the audience and looked and sounded amazing!!

These are some of the favorite photos I took at the show (click on the photo for a close up).

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