Friday, August 22, 2008

Wedding Season

Summer, not only is the season for music festivals but also for weddings. I am quite blessed this summer because I have had two weddings! Since Julien & Anna and after old friends Joe & Olivia and Thuan Aun & Yanna and Benjamin & Emma, I never seemed to be in the right place at the right time and missed all my other friends' weddings, all of which Alex had to attend on his own. It's a shame really, everyone loves a wedding.

So first there was Dan & Vicky, Dan is a good friend and a wonderful person to work with, he's always happy and he can read my thoughts, I give him a vague indication of what I want or need and he comes up with something absolutely extraordinary which could not be more spot on, plus, I seem to be whinging to him all the time but he always happily humours me and cheers me up - well I must admit that when customers start demanding designs for yesterday, I start to stress out, so everytime I come to Dan, I am stressed but he has the right words to help me relax. Vicky, his lovely wife, also a designer, I've only met her on two occasions to go out drinking, and like two drunks usually do, we got on marvellously.

This wedding was shortly followed by good friend, whom you all know from the 'conference' photos, Beth! The thriller-seeker blond beauty has become Mrs. Warman this Friday when tying the knot with school sweetheart Ben. Well, not really, Ben was the older brother of her best friend since forever, so now the two best friends get to also be sisters in law.

Beth was spot on with everything, this wedding was absolutely perfect, her dress, her hair, the bridesmaid dresses and bestmen' attires, the venue, the music with a live band and a DJ, the cake, even the wedding invitations and thank you cards that she made all on her own and the BBQ dinner!

Alex with Alison and her partner Nick, both awesome fun. Sarah (who caught the bouquet), Emma (who's boyfriend said 'Thank God' when she didn't) me, Tracy (who still isn't married to her partner and father of her child after 20-odd years), Danny (who is planning a wedding for next year) and Sarah (who's already happily married like me).

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Music Season

Summer, or the poor pretence at summer that England offers, is the season for Music festivals and great music concerts. Although this post refers to concerts back in June, but let's face it, I'm not exactly good at keeping up my blog. Anyway, back in June, Alex and I did our usual concert rounds and that's one thing that I plan to keep up even when little baby is around - at least music festivals - which are day time. I've already decided that baby enjoys music, but that's because we aren't (at least I'm not) giving him or her a chance not to. In the car (about 1h30 a day in total) I sing along radio and even tell the baby all about what it can hear me sing - all that I know about the song or the singer or the band and whether Mama and Daddy actually like the song or if it is Daddy's favorite band - Radiohead - I make sure to point it out. If nothing else, our kid should be born knowing a thing or two about music or maybe even musically gifted (not from me, I could not find my talent even if it was served on a silver tray!) but Daddy is multi talented and I intend to take advantage of that to the max.

I can't find my pictures of the Radiohead gig, well it's mostly videos, it was a good gig, we went with a couple of friends, who were meeting their own friends there, so it was a bunch of us. In the celebrity spotting, Alex and Grit saw Stella McCartney (not the bitchy ex-wife, the daughter of the ex-Beatles) and Alex also spotted one band that I really like The Magic Numbers, that he rightfully described as "What's that hairy band you like called?", very nice bunch. I'm not one to go and disturb famous people, but they were a lot less intimidating than the lead singer of Stereophonics Alex spotted at the airport to Venice, who I could not bring myself to bother for a photograph. Radiohead was very good and very exciting, I enjoy listening to them more live than in the car for example (except The Bends, that sounds good anywhere).

Anyway, a couple of weeks later we were back at the Hyde Park Festival where my very favorite band in the world (since September last year!) The National was playing, and guess what, I did not get to see them once but twice!!! As we walked through the gates, I told Alex, Oh my God, this is Brainy, we're missing out on the National, they started playing already. In a panick we rushed to the small stage where a gathering of 50 were watching the band play, I was devastated because I'd missed them, I was also very surprised the crowd was so small, I was quite sure they were much more famous than that. They played 3 more songs (including Fake Empire, Yay!!!) and before walking off the stage, the lead singer announced that they were playing again at 7 on one of the side stages - Thank God for that! So I got to see them twice that day, three times since last year. I absolutely luuuuuuuv them.

Then on the main stage for the main show was Morrissey, the one and only, he put up a good show, but except for two songs, he only played his latest albums and nothing of the earlier stuff! He opened with The Last of the Famous International Playboy (with a backdrop of the Rat Pack) and I can't remember the title of the other one "If it's not love, then it's the Bomb, the bomb, the bomb that will bring us together". Other than that, he was entertaining in-between songs a lot livelier than for example Beck (I'll get back to him), but I did not enjoy the new songs as much as the old ones, so it felt a bit disappointing.

We also saw a band I had never heard of before called 'The Lightspeed Champion' who was well funny and played quite catchy tunes, but Alex and I loved it particularly when he played his very last song, introducing it as 'it is so long, you'll be booing me off the stage...' which was a rock version of all the Star Wars music, it was awesome for fans like us, very cool.

Beck also played, I am not a huge fan, as in I haven't got his albums but I had a few singles in the 90's. I can't complain because Beck played all the hits that I knew and liked in the first 15 minutes (after that I was running off to the The National stage), but Beck did not say a word (besides singing of course!), he came on stage and played his songs, no 'Hi Hyde Park, no How you' doing etc', shame really, I always imagined him to be a very cool dude and very friendly, but then again I'm a bad judge of characters, so just because his songs are cool, does not make him cool.

Also performing was Guillemots, I like them, I have all their albums, but Alex brought me once to their gig in London and it was sooooo bad, they are soooo bad live that I had to leave the place within minutes, this time, they were still bad - they just can't play live??? - but at least the guy seemed nice, chatting with the crowd in-between songs and played (badly) all the songs I normally like.

Siouxsie (previously from Siouxsie and the Banshees - a band I used to worship in the 90's) was also performing her new stuff, but after the third song, I could no longer make Alex stand this excrutiating noise, it was dreadful, we came here hoping to hear one or two old hits, but maybe she couldn't maybe The Banshees hold rights for the old songs. Shame really.

We were due to watch REM next weekend, but now, Alex is travelling to New York, so we had to sell off our tickets, anyway, I love REM but I would not go without Alex.