Thursday, October 16, 2014

NEW YORK

DAY 1:
Travel

- Actually, I discovered that, after working at a startup of some kind for a year and spending 8+ hours a day sitting and working on a computer, I can now sit on an airplane and work on a computer and be completely distracted by the length of the fight.
- On both flights, the person next to me asked if I was a DJ.  I guess that's what happens when you spend the whole flight using Logic to make midi files.  #musicnerd
- I made an airplane buddy.
- Two people told me I was awesome within an hour of landing.
- Three people asked me for directions on my way to Brooklyn.  I told them I was the wrong person to ask.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Preparing for Travels

Since I was 18, I have wanted to visit New York.

Since I was 18, I've said to myself, "I'll go when I have extra money," or "I'll go when I have time."  Well, in over a decade, neither of those things have happened.  There was always something to pay off and there was always something to get done.

However.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

David Bazan And The Passengers

Saturday night, I went to The Independent for the first time to watch David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet.

I've never heard of either, but my friend L~ invited me and who am I to say no to a music date?

I happen to be of the perfectly biased opinion that everything is better with strings.  His music is calming and lyrical, and him + Passenger = layers of harmonic beauty.  I appreciate any music that makes me close my eyes.  If you can get me to do that, you know that I'm either really enjoying the music or I'm confused by something.

Or possibly both.

If you have interest in checking them out, you can listen to them HERE: http://www.davidbazan.com/david-bazan-passenger-string-quartet-album-tour/


Watching/listening to them really made me want to join a band.  As a cellist, that is.  How do I make that happen?


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hardly Strictly!


This year, I went to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival!

It's a free music festival held in Golden Gate Park in SF.  My first year in SF, I didn't realize it was happening.  My second year in SF, I think my aversion to crowds kept me away.  

This is, however, the year of The Naoko.  I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and trying a lot of new things.  Besides, it's not really that I avoid things because of being uncomfortable...it's usually a combination of laziness and poverty.  

Since Hardly Strictly is free (yay!), I figured...why not?!

My only complaint is that Lyft totally tricked me and I ended up being charged $40 for a Lyft ride.  I'm glad I had a coupon.

Here's the festival picture!