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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - To the tune of T

T is for Ms. Tina Turner!

I think Tina Turner is another one of those icons that if you get a chance to see, you really should, just because.  Our seats weren't the best for this show and it was one of the early ones with my old camera so the zoom sucked but I still remember the night through these:

This was the first time I tried using one of the templates by Lea France.  It was one of the beginner series, Honey Comb.  I really like the way it came out on the paper with the round design.  I used metallic pens to color in the corner designs.  

She did hit after hit with a couple of costume changes.  She did need to sit down for a few songs and near the end of the show she got into a big basket picker and was transported out among the crowd.

The Thunderdome set was almost like in the movie.  She can still strut her stuff across the stage and she was in her 60's then!

I think if I tried to walk (not even dance!) across the stage in her high heels I'd probably break my neck!

The papers in this collection have a celestial feel, fitting for a star of her caliber I think.

Ever seen Tina Turner?  The Mad Max Thunderdome movie?  Love to hear about it!

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April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Really it's R

R is for Rod Stewart

I've seen him twice now, once with my daughter and once with my husband.  These are from the first time, in 2009.  We had really good seats, in the 8th row, and my daughter took the pictures so I could enjoy the show.  She did a great job!

The page on the right, below, was just a blank page and I added the flower stickers and ribbon to try and match the first page.  I think it came out okay.  The opening band that night was The Kin.  We had never heard of them but they were some cute kids.

Rod Stewart had a totally white stage set but because of all the different colored lights he used you can't tell that.  Most of the papers I used here were from the Simply Susan collection at Paper Wishes which, unfortunately, is no longer available.  I think the teals and pinks and purples compliment the pictures well.

During one costume change his daughter, Ruby, came out and sang a few songs.  She's got a pretty good voice!

I loved the heart display they put on the big screen.  He may be getting old but Rod still can belt the songs out.   The guitar players worked pretty hard too!

Rod is a big soccer fan and during one song he takes some soccer balls that he has autographed and kicks them into the crowd.  There are no pictures of that because we were too busy trying to catch one!

He sang quite a few of his hits and the encore was Maggie May.  Brought the house down!

The picture on the bottom right is from a T-shirt I got the night of the show.

Even though my husband didn't want to go with me that night, when we got home and talked about the show, I think he was a little sorry he missed it so the next time Rod Stewart came around, he was more willing to go.  That show was with Ms. Stevie Nicks.  Of course, those pictures aren't done yet!

That's my R.  If you are wondering about Q, that will come soon.  I decided that since I was behind anyway, I may as well get what I have out there, even if I have to skip a letter.

You can click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter, and come back to see what S has for us!  

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Predictably it's P

P is for Prince.

In retrospect of course I am so glad we got to see this legend.  I think this was a spur of the moment show as I know he was used to doing that.  I got my tickets just days before the concert and usually I am like months ahead!

When we drove into the parking lot we were handed a piece of paper that said essentially "NO PICTURES OF ANY KIND."  I have a problem (as I've mentioned before) with stars who say they don't want their pictures taken during the concert.  I am very respectful and never use a flash and don't keep the camera up in front of other people's faces, blocking their view.  I pay a lot of money for good seats and I am not trying to sell the pictures, I just want to use them in my personal scrapbooking to remember the evening.  After all, I'm getting older and you know how the memory goes!

In any case, I snuck my camera in and managed to get a few shots, certainly nothing like I usually am able to take.  This is what I did with them:

I got a printout of the venue layout because the stage was in an unusual shape and right in the center of the arena.  The black dot is where we were sitting.  Larry Graham of Graham Central Station (and formerly of Sly and the Family Stone) opened the show and really got the crowd into it. 

Then, in the darkness, we saw Prince riding a bicycle into the arena.  Unfortunately I missed pictures of that.   Instead, I got shadow pictures of him playing the piano.  That was quite stirring.

In the above layout on the left I used a digital printable from Ephemera's Vintage Garden Purple Reign collection.   She made that collection specifically to honor Prince and I was so excited to use some of it.  I printed the piano and background words on tissue paper and then tore the edges all around.  I also inked the feather and then added some sprinkles to make it shine.  I love the way it turned out.   Here is a close up:

As you can see from the set list below, he sang quite a few songs, although some of them were in medley fashion, leaving us wanting the whole song for sure!  He joked that we would be there for days if he sang each song all the way through. 

I had to really sneak to take these pictures so of course not all of them turned out the best, but given that Prince has left us, I am so happy to have them.  The ushers were walking around making sure that no one was using a camera, even so far as to put their hand up in front of someone if they were caught.  Yet at one point Prince took out a camera himself and took pictures of the crowd and during the last song, Prince told us all to take out our cameras and cell phones and use them because he wanted to see the lights!  It was a great show.  

Have you seen Prince?  Got in trouble for taking pictures at a concert?  Love to hear about it!  

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Friday, April 21, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - On to O

O is for "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger.

I'm just a little behind here but definitely not gonna stress or rush through these layouts.  This is another one where I'm using a song title to fill the letter rather than the name of the band.  

I'd say almost everyone knows this song, made even more well-known by Tom Cruise in Risky Business.  We've seen Bob Seger twice now and I've heard that he may not tour anymore so I'm glad we did.  The first time we saw him was in December of 2011.  That night was at Oakland Arena and we actually had a celebrity sighting in the Club Bar.  Ross Valory of Journey was there and he graciously came and said hello to me after my husband went and asked him to.  I wrote about that last November.  You can read that here.  

The next time we saw Bob Seger was in March 2015.  He had just come out with his new album, Ride Out, and we went with some friends to San Jose SAP Center.  I'm not finished with the whole concert but here are the first few pages:

For the page on the right I used a 3-D embellishment of a motorcycle from the Debbi Moore collection, Cards for Men Vintage Transport CD.  

I think it really adds something to the page.

We had pretty good seats, in the 16th row so I was able to get some really good shots.

I used this punch by EK Success to make a border to match the papers I was using.  

You can see that on the page on the left below.  On the right is the saxophone player in the band, Alto Reed.  I think that is such a cool name for a sax player, don't you?  When he starts the song "Turn the Page" with the sax it gives me chills and his solo on Old Time Rock and Roll is really good too.  I can't get over how big the sax is in the middle picture.   

So, there's my "O."  I'm going to try to get P and Q done this weekend and then I won't be so far behind.  

How about you?  Keeping up?  Have you seen Bob Seger?  Like the sax?  Love to hear!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Now to N

N is for Ms. Stevie Nicks.

I know I mentioned her when I did the letter F for Fleetwood Mac but Stevie Nicks is my idol and she deserves her own letter.

The first time we saw her was in 1983 for her Wild Heart Tour.  I have no pictures from that concert but I do have the tickets and the program from the show.  We were in the second level that night, which is not where I go now, but it looks like the tickets were only $11.50!!  No wonder we could afford to buy a program!

Aside from her performances with Fleetwood Mac, we've seen her two other times.  Once was with Rod Stewart and the other time was just last December when she did her solo tour.  Her opening act was Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders.  

I was able to get quite a lot of pictures so the whole concert is not finished yet but here are the first few pages.  

For the page with all the small pictures I wanted to match the opposite page, which is like chalkboard so I took a stencil I have and some liquid paint and decorated the edges of the page.

I think it came out pretty good, don't you?

One of the reasons I love Stevie so much is her gypsy style clothing.  I love all the layers and frills and her shawls are to die for.  The one on the right page is one she has had for a LONG time.

To make a decorative border around the next couple of pages I used this punch called a Mini-8 by We R Memory Keepers.  They come in several different styles.

I used it to make the borders around the middle background papers here.

Then I added a flower to each page to make them pop out a bit with a bit of bling in the center.  

I still have to make some notes on these pages about the song she was singing, Gold Dust Woman.  When she comes out with her gold shawl on the crowd goes wild because we all know what song is coming.  Stevie seems to go into a trance while she is singing it and dances and twirls around.  This time she was particularly mystic, even messing up her hair at one point.  I tried to catch that in pictures but it is hard when she is moving around so much.

An interesting thing happened a this show.  We had pretty good seats on the floor to begin with but my husband went to the restroom during one of her songs and when he came back he had found a ticket on the floor for the 7th row center!  We took turns going up closer and he was able to get some very close shots.  I was a little hesitant about using the ticket but toward the last few songs I went up closer too.  I figured the worst thing they could do was send me back to my own seat.  It was magic.  

I once did an art journaling project where I was asked to pick a muse and Stevie Nicks was the most obvious choice to me.  One of the prompts was for us to tell about the similarities and differences between us and our muse.  I wrote this:

How about you?  Have a muse?  Like Stevie Nicks?  Shawls?  Love to hear about it!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Made it to M

M is for Sir Paul McCartney.  When I found out that Sir Paul was going to be performing at AT&T Park, home of our San Francisco Giants, I knew we had to get tickets!  He is a Beatle, after all and my favorite to boot!

It was easy for us to get to the concert as the train station is just a block away from our house and it takes us to a couple of blocks away from the stadium.  No worries about parking.

The only thing we didn't particularly like was that Paul took an hour to get on stage.  We heard as we were waiting that that is typical for him.  Until he came out, they did a montage of pictures on the big screens from all of the Beatles and Wings memories.  That was kinda cool, but not worth an hour.

For this layout I chose papers from the Creative Memories collection called Color Vibes,

and a couple of papers from another music collection that I had.  I used my template to get all the pictures of Paul playing the piano to fit on the page.  I really like all the different faces he makes while he sings.  On the page with all the words, I used special metallic pens to color in some of the words to make them stand out.   

Sir Paul was very engaging with the crowd.  The last time he had performed in San Francisco it was at Candlestick park with the Beatles.  He joked about our cold summer weather.  He talked about John Lennon and sang a song he had written about him, "Here Today" and also played George Harrison's, "Something."  He sang "My Love" in memory of his wife, Linda.

He sang 39 songs and had some pretty good pyrotechnics, especially with "Live and Let Die."  I think he could have sung another 39 songs and we would have stayed!

There was a really good write up about it in the newspaper so I included that.  It was a great show.

Since I never got a chance to see the Beatles in person, I am really glad we got to see Sir Paul.  Oddly, I don't have any desire to see Ringo Starr, unless of course he's with Paul.  I think a great show would be Paul, Ringo, Dhani Harrison and Julian Lennon.  What do you think of that?

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Friday, April 14, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Let's do L

L is for Loverboy.

Loverboy was one of the bands my husband and I saw in our very first concert together, Day on the Green, in 1982!  I don't have any pictures from that concert but I did make a page in the album using the ticket stubs and pictures of a T-shirt Bill bought me, along with a picture of the promo poster.

Once we started going to concerts again, I wanted to try and catch the bands from that first show (except Iron Maiden - I'm not a fan of theirs). 

We live just about an hour away from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and they have free Friday night concerts on the beach.  In 2009 Loverboy was one of the groups playing so we decided to go see them.  Free is pretty inexpensive, right? 

Well, not quite free since we took our girls with us and we went on some of the rides while we waited for the concert to start.

I have fun riding the rides too!

It was also a good chance for me to use some scrapbooking supplies that were not necessarily music related.  I had some papers from a summertime collection that had the tram rides on it and I used some beach-type embellishments like the starfish and shell.

There were tons of people on the beach but we watched the show from the railing on a walkway.  We were just about center stage and I didn't mind standing (as opposed to getting all sandy from the beach).  

I am really bummed though because after Loverboy had sung six or eight songs they said they had to take a break and leave the stage.  They said they would be back but I thought they would do the same songs over again and I knew we had an hour drive to get home so I said we should leave.  I found out later that they did different songs and that we should have stayed to see the rest.  I've been waiting for them to come around again, but so far I haven't seen them playing near where we are.  If I find them, for sure I'm going to try to catch them.

And there's L - Have you ever left a show thinking that it was over and it wasn't?  See any free concerts at the beach?

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Kindly follow me to K

K is for Kihncert.  When Greg Kihn was working at a local radio station, he would put on a concert called Kihncert at Shoreline Amphitheater.  In 2009 the line-up was Greg Kihn Band, .38 Special, REO Speedwagon and Styx.

Greg Kihn Band
We had pretty good seats, close to an aisle and several times band members would come and play at the end of our row.  It was quite exciting. 

.38 Special
Greg Kihn Band was good but my favorites of the night were .38 Special and REO Speedwagon.

REO Speedwagon


Styx - I love when all the confetti flies.  Glad I don't have to clean up that mess though!

This post was originally going to just be about REO Speedwagon and their song "Keep On Loving You" because I didn't think we had seen any "K" bands and I love that song, so I set up my whole picture presentation around REO.  I even made 6 more scrapbook layouts from another concert we had seen them at, but I wasn't able to finish the pages and time was running out.  I decided to just post what I had so far.  When I was starting to put together the story, the first thing I typed was about "Kihncert."  DUH!

Has that happened to you along this A to Z?  Sudden change in plans the night of the letter?  Here I thought I was so well organized.  

You can click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter, and come back to see what L has for us!