Thursday, August 27, 2015

Someone's got a case of the Spinny's

PHISH SUMMER TOUR 2015
     The last time I saw Phish was over a year ago on Randall's Island in NYC.  There have been a lot of changes in my life since then, both personally and socio-economically.  But one thing has remained the same- the consistent inconsistencies of the way this band performs live music.

     This particular tour started with a buzz of musical rejuvenation that stemmed from Trey's recent perfomance with The Grateful Dead.  This renewed sense of excitement seemed to resonate with the appearance of few obscure tunes from the archives along with a relaxed improv tone that resembled unforgettable jams from the early 90's.

   I was excited to see the webcasts and even more elated to see classic on stage antics like rotation jams and inside jokes.  Those are the things that make phish shows special for me.  I love the feeling when you are not sure what is going to happen next, and any song is a possibility.  On the contrary, I find it a turn off when you know exactly what song is going to be played even before the first note pierces the air.

     The fantastic summer tour really set expectations high for Magna Ball, which is a recipe for disappointment when it comes to a phish concert.  And of course, I found the festival to be a little lack luster in the music department.  The funk jams seemed to quickly fizzle out into overly spaced-out improv, and the setlists were highly predictable.  With that being said, whatever was lacking in the music department was easily made up with the camping accommodations, and unforgettable moments with friends.  Beasley helped set up a campground that was fit for a king.  Electricity, running water, flag pole, not to mention we had enough room for a gym, kitchen, bathroom and a poker table.









Friday, October 19, 2012

Chuck Close

Last night I was invited to the Pace Gallery opening for the artist Chuck Close.  I have always been a fan of Chuck Close and his pixelated painting style.  I was also invited to the star studded after party.  Quite an experience.  One of portraits at the gallery was of Paul Simon.  Feeling very lucky that we had a chance to meet him.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mustache Mondays

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10/20/10




Immediately following our wedding, I spotted a group of guys gathered in China Town. They were playing a game similar to hackey-sack (footbag) but they were using this extremely unique object. I joined them and we had around a half dozen "full hacks"

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Birthplace of Cheyenne

Friends, Romans, countrymen.......... Lend me your ears. This famous speech from William Shakepeare's 'Julius Ceasar' utilizies the 'rule of three'. The same rule you must follow in order to get to the island of Capri off the coast of Italy. Plane, Train, Boat. One can also substitute a car in there somewhere, or perhaps a bike, but this is not my point. In fact, i dont even have a point! This is merely a RANT.

So without further ado, I would like to welcome everyone back to 'Adam Rants'..... The worlds most idiosyncratic blogosphere.

Oh, and the title 'The Birthplace of Cheyenne' has absolutely nothing to do with this rant, it is just something that popped into my head in the shower before i wrote this. I have also listed some interesting facts about the Cheyenne Indians below.

-Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming.
-The Cheyenne are a Native American people of the great plains who are part of the Algonquian language family.
-The Cheyenne is formed into ten bands spread across the great plains from southern Colorado to the Black Hills in South Dakota (where Lewis and Clark found them in 1804) at the same time they created a centralized structure through ritual ceremonies, such as the Sun Dance.

Stay Tuned for more tales from Capri.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Where is the Love?

Stones for Change is foundation that supports artisan miners and fair trade stones. This is a new organization that sells minerals and jewelry that is made from ethically sourced gemstones, and then donates profits to the poverty stricken communities in which they came from.

In essence, this organization supports positive change through ethically sourced minerals, and donates proceeds to mining communities around the world. One of the first projects of this foundation involves raising money for Nurturing Minds, a school for young women of Tanzania, Africa.

The idea behind this project is to provide education and build schools for this community. Ideally because educated girls will have a better life and economic opportunities, bring up healthier families, and better manage their natural resources.

Nurturing Minds is a non-profit organization established in January 2007 by Polly Dolan, who also established SEGA (Secondary Education for Girls' Advancement).

Jewelry made from ethically sourced minerals coming soon! The beautiful gold necklace is available, along with the garnets. Contact us for any questions.

Monday, December 08, 2008

OBAMA



"THE RECAP OF 2008"

This is a picture of E-dog, praying to Allah.  Its amazing what converting to Islam can do for your Poker game.  Congratulations  to E-dog for winning the $12 dollar re-buy, and closing out the year "Champion of the home game"  winning the last 3 in a row to finish in a landslide.

I filled up my gas tank the other day for around $30.00....  Its amazing what could happen in one' year
.  I started to think about how things were different, and how many amazing things happened this past year.  First of all, some of my closest friends have all gotten engaged this past year.  Paul & Marni, Andrew and Kate,  and most recently, Ethan & Melissa!  Mazel Tov.
This time last year Heath Ledger was still alive and the Giants were not yet NFL Champions.   The Economy was brighter, and people only whispered of a black president.  

At this time last year Michael Phelps did not yet break the all time record for Olympic Medals, and the Leihman Brother's were ready to give out Enormous Christmas Bonuses.

At this time last year Phish was still broken up, and my Girlfriend was not about to move in with me.  I am exited for both!

In closing, i would like to take a moment to honor our fallen soldiers of 2008, along with Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes, Paul Newman, and Dow Jones.