When Pearl Jam took the stage on night one of the PJ20 weekend they started the show the same way they've started many shows, but I have never experienced the kind of emotion that I did on this night. It was the first time I was moved to tears at a Pearl Jam show. I could feel the love pouring from the crowd to the band and it was such an amazing experience. I still get goosebumps when I hear this version of Release. Enjoy!
Next Saturday I will be celebrating Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary with thousands of other PJ fans in Alpine Valley WI. I'm looking forward to seeing friends I haven't seen in years and a meeting some in "real" life for the first time!
In honor of that upcoming trip here is a Pearl Jam performance on MTV's Unplugged from 1992. Enjoy!
Less than a year after getting her driving permit Drill Daughter, at age 16, has gotten her drivers license. While this is very exciting for Handy Man and me it's also very stressful. Not only are we worried about her being safe while driving, we are also worried about our wallets. Insuring two vehicles with four drivers, two who are teens, is a shocking amount of money. Wow! Thankfully Star Wars Son will start paying his portion of insurance in October.
In honor of my darling daughter passing her driving exam I'm playing a band I normally would not feature on Sing-A-Long Saturday, The Jonas Brothers! Here they are covering The Beatles Drive My Car for Sir Paul McCartney.
In mid-July my friends from MA, ID and OR came to visit me... Actually they mostly came to town to see the Eddie Vedder solo concert in Seattle at Beneroya Hall. The show was really incredible. One of the best shows I've been to. Between My Morning Jacket in June and Eddie Vedder in July I saw some incredible music being played this summer and I still have Pearl Jam in WI coming up in September!
Opening for Eddie was Glen Hansard from the bands The Frames and Swell Season. The only song I knew from him was Falling Slowly (a Swell Season song) which won an Academy Award in 2007. He completely blew me away and I've since added his music to my playlist!
During Eddie's set Glen came out and sang a couple songs with him. At one point Eddie and Glen stepped away from the microphones and sang Sleepless Nights from Eddie's Ukeulele Songs album. Here is that performance:
Truly an incredible goosebump moment while sitting in the crowd!
Sunday night Handy Man and I went to see My Morning Jacket at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Next to Pearl Jam and seeing Bruce Springsteen in 1988 (or was it 87?) this was the best concert I've been to!