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X is for X-treme unreality

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by itsallgrey

So, I’ve been thinking about relationships. Having been through several significant relationship changes in my personal life over the past few months got me thinking about the changes in relationships I’ve had with, oh let’s say…some musical artists that I was enamored with. Some relationships are healthier than others. Let’s compare these relationships to a marriage, or hell…just living together.

You hear a new artist and it’s love at first note. You buy their cd’s, know all their songs by heart. You see your own life reflected in the lyrics that they write. Then, you see them on tour. Maybe you get to meet them, maybe you’re cruelly taken out of the lottery for a meet and greet. Maybe you see them slurping soup in a restaurant, maybe you spill your drink all over their tour merchandise. Shit happens, people.

Anyway, you feel like you know them very well. Maybe too well. Maybe so well in fact that familiarity begins to breed contempt. Pretty soon, you find that you’ve entered the stage in the relationship where, figuratively speaking, you walk in the house..and the kids are running around in soggy diapers, he’s laying on the couch in boxers and a t shirt with his hand stuck down the front of his shorts, Cheetos and empty beer cans lying around. Instead of hearing some soul soothing melody you hear…”What’s for dinner, woman? Come give Daddy a kiss!” Ugh.

Think about another life, with a different artist. New music, new soul soothing melody. You know that he wouldn’t leave the kids with soggy diapers. Hell, he would probably make you homemade mac and cheese with a glass of red wine. The house would be clean, the kids bathed…and he would actually be dressed.

Is one relationship better than the other? Is there something to be said for blind loyalty? When does compromising stop being okay?

I guess my point is that we are all in different stages of our “relationship” with Taylor Hicks and his music. There’s nothing wrong with that. I may not be as enamored with him as I used to be, but my ears have been opened up to lots of different music thanks to the people I have met along this journey. Many of those people I still call friends. I’ve been called many things by certain factions of the Soul Patrol…and that’s okay. I can be a bad fan or I can be a bitch. I’m at a point in my life where the blips on the computer screen aren’t as important as they used to be. All this nonsense on Twitter regarding Taylor and his mama bears “protecting” him is pretty laughable. All it does is give credence to my opinions of some of the crazies out there. I try to keep this blog as sane as I can, which at times is pretty damn hard, especially when bullshit from other boards gets brought over here. I’m just going to try to keep it about the music…that’s really all Taylor has ever asked of us.


This is just…wow…and random Taylor stuff.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 8, 2010 by itsallgrey

I am absolutely loving me some Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Her voice is absolutely amazing.

Yesterday he said my eyes
Were fading fast away
I said well what do you expect
You asked me not to stay and if it had all been for the best
I wouldn’t feel this way
And he said

Oh he said it’s crazy
How love stays with me
You know it hurts me
Cause I don’t wanna fight this war
It’s amazing to see me reading through this scene
Of love and fear and apologies

My love is like a blanket
That gets a little bit too warm sometimes
I wanna wrap somebody in it
Who can hold me in his arms
Cause when it got a little too hot in there
He was always stepping out for air and he froze
Oh he froze

He said it’s crazy
How love stays with me
You know it hurts me
Cause I don’t wanna fight this war
It’s amazing to see me reading through this scene
Of love and fear and apologies

Yesterday he looked at me
With a tear in his eye and said
I’ll always tell you you’re my friend
I hope i don’t have to lie
Cause it’s clear you love another man
I said you’re damn right

And he said
He said it’s crazy
How love stays with me
You know it hurts me
Cause I don’t wanna fight this war
It’s amazing to see me reading through this scene
Of love and fear and apologies
He said it’s crazy
How love stays with me
You know it hurts me
That i didn’t figure it out before
And now it’s too late for a soliloquy
It’s way too late for dignity
It’s time for apologies

On a Taylor note…I’ve been watching Celebrity Ghost Stories. Not for Taylor, but because I love that stuff. I have lots of stories from my childhood, but that’s for another post, or another blog perhaps. Anyway, I remember Taylor saying he taped an episode, but there’s only a couple of episodes left this season and he’s not on them. So, what gives?

And just because I know some of you out there enjoy some good pictures…take a peek at this.

And for Dee….check Jimmy Smith out!!

A view from the outside…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2010 by itsallgrey

Just got home from the concert. Now you have to know that this auditorium is a pretty big place. When I walked in, I thought…oh, surely more people will be there. But no, there were probably about 100 people there. Other than the two kids sitting behind us, I’m pretty sure that we, in our mid thirties, were among the youngest there. That being said, it was a fun crowd. We took our seats in the front row and awaited the arrival of Mr. Hicks. My tickets said no cameras, and honestly I’ve been debating for a while on whether or not to take pictures. I left my camera at home, but since I had my trusty iPhone with me, I assigned my friend to picture and video taking duty. She’s used to it. She’s done it at more than a few Taylor concerts.

Taylor came out…wearing boots, might I add. πŸ™‚ Oh, and skinny jeans. As we were leaving the concert, one of the younger girls there said, “Skinny jeans? Really? He wore skinny jeans.” I don’t think she was impressed by his attire! HAHA! He seemed to be in a really good mood. He was very talkative between songs and nobody can direct a band like he can. It’s amazing. I watched the signals he gave the band to speed up, slow down and sometimes take songs in a whole new direction. He cracked jokes, even if he was the only one laughing at them. He’s such a dork, but that’s one of the things I love about him.

It was kind of interesting to be there, though. I looked around, watched part of the crowd (kind of hard to do from the front row) and I watched the other band members play. My face wasn’t stuck behind a camera (okay, only because I had delegated that duty, whatever). What I’m trying to say is that I watched it as a fan, not as a member of the Soul Patrol. I’m not putting anybody down, because I’ve been there. I’ve followed that man all over the southeast and the midwest. But to be outside of the drama, to not worry about getting everything on video…it was nice. I enjoyed the music..and he is quite the entertainer. There’s no denying that. It was great to see Brian Less and Sam Gunderson there playing. Bill Will was running the merch table. It wasn’t my most favorite concert that I’ve been to of his, but it was really good.

But what was the encore you ask? Not Bulletproof. I mean really…I ask for one simple favor. Nope. No can do. No, we got Taking it to the Streets. Really Taylor? Really? Oh well…it was still worth the money.

Lots of tagging tonight, too.

Here are some videos..not the best quality since they were recorded on my phone, but here they are, nonetheless.

Maybe You Should

Love the One You’re With

Stay With Me

All in all, Taylor did make me forget my troubles for 90 minutes and in the end, isn’t that what it’s all about?

It’s right around the corner, people…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2010 by itsallgrey

Okay. I’m putting a toe in the water to see how it feels. That’s it. Just a toe. I’m not going back there…not back to the world of the crazies, am I? That’s why I have this blog, so that I can talk about Taylor in a realistic way. We don’t talk about him in the “OMGIWANTTOHAVEHISBABIES” and “IKNOWIFHESEESMEINTHEFRONTROWHEWILLFALLINLOVEWITHME” way. We talk about Taylor in the musical sense, sometimes even the business sense. We discuss what he should do, shouldn’t do, is doing, isn’t doing, what we think he’s doing, what we think he’s not doing. Not of it really means anything…it’s just conversation.

So, that being said, on Tuesday, I’m putting my toe back in the water…with the Soul Patrol. This concert should be pretty interesting for me. I haven’t been to see him since 2007, and I think I’ll be able to see the whole picture from a clearer perspective. At least I hope so. Unless I get sucked back in…and I really don’t want to do that. Just the thought of it makes me shiver a little bit.

I’m pretty happy from my little corner of the Taylor Hicks fandom. The drama isn’t too deep, and the arguments are rare. And I like it that way.

When I recap…I’m going to do it honestly. No bullshit, no lies. πŸ™‚

I don’t pretend that Taylor reads here. I would assume he would have more pressing matters than reading a blog about himself, but I’m gonna say this just in case:

Dear Taylor,

On Tuesday, I’m going to be in the front row. I’ll be the sort of excited one sitting next to my friend that I drug there, who is secretly hoping that she doesn’t see anybody she knows there. And, just in case you want to make a long time fan’s night…just in case you’re feeling generous, please play Bulletproof.

Or I could go with:

Dear Taylor,

Don’t play Bulletproof. Your guitar playing sucks and you sound bad when you sing it. (Reverse psychology…get it?) Well, except for the guitar playing part…you are getting better at that.


And because enough people haven’t asked me if I’m going to this concert, the newspaper had to put an article in. Ugh. I know alot of you have seen it, because it’s already been discussed in the last post. I thought it was a pretty fair article, although I did get drunk when I read it. I’m telling you, we definitely need to market the Soul Patrol drinking game.

“But it fits the bill for me, because I’m such a visual and a musical performer.”


β€œI never take it for granted, because I know what it’s like to struggle,” Hicks said. β€œYou have to stay out there and work it.”


Here’s another article for good measure. We’ll see how it goes. πŸ™‚

Looking good, Taylor!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 12, 2010 by itsallgrey

And this:

It’s marketing time!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by itsallgrey

Just saw this:

My question to you is: What products should Taylor do a commercial for?

On another note…are you ever just walking around and see someone who reminds you of Taylor? Oh yeah, you’ve been there…we all have. I think we need to have a photo gallery of these Tayclones. Send me all your pictures that you come across in your daily travels. Take this one for instance, that my friend just sent me:

This is a true Tayclone (not the dude on the bicycle)…because in true Taylor fashion style, this Tayclone was spotted wearing black pants and brown shoes!! Kind of this like this:

Please try not to get questioned or arrested by security personnel while obtaining photographs. Thank you very much.

Taking a little vaca…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by itsallgrey

I’ve been on a little vacation to the beach…I’ll be back tomorrow. I saw Will Hoge…again. Awesome!! Until tomorrow, ponder this:

The latest tweet from Will Hoge:

photo for possible corporate sponsors from our Sirius/XM Loft session. Sony? CocaCola? Gibson? Anyone?

I wonder if Taylor could find some corporate sponsors in the same classy understated way that Will Hoge has. πŸ™‚