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Tags: California, Los Angeles, Machine Shop Marketing, Richmond, Say it like you mean it, Starting Line, VCU
If any one has been following me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve been talking a lot about a move to Los Angeles. Well, it’s true. On May 28th I will say “goodbye” to Virginia and say “Hello” to California. I’ve gotten an amazing opportunity to intern with a company by the name of Machine Shop Marketing. It is a boutique marketing agency in Beverly Hills, their clients range from MTV to Hollywood Records. This is such an amazing opportunity and I am so excited.
It’s very scary for me, sitting in my apartment in Richmond, VA where I’ve been for the last 5 years, thinking about living over 3,000 miles away from my friends and family. I look around at my friends and I wonder how many people will keep in touch with me when I move or who will be the first to visit, if any of them. I wish them all the best of luck with what they chose to do. I know that I would not be able to live in Richmond after graduating. I am the type of person that loves change, welcomes change, and by god NEEDS it.
The last 5 years of school have been a roller coaster. At 17 years old (yes 17 years old) I arrived at VCU fresh- faced and full of ambition. I had no expectations and no plans, all I knew was this was a new chapter of my life and I couldn’t wait to get started. By the end of my 4th year I was ready get. out. Oh my, was I ready to leave. Leave and do what? Psh, who new. I wanted to travel, move to NYC, LA, Australia, or Canada, I needed to do something.
Luckily, in February a lot of people that I follow on Twitter, kept “retweeting” a link to an entertainment internship. I was like “What the hell is this, why is it everywhere?!” I clicked on it, read it and decided I had absolutely nothing to lose, so I was going to apply for it. It just so happens that I was going out to visit my Aunt in Dana Point, CA during the month of March so I offered my time if they wanted to meet with me. Sure enough about 2 weeks later I get an e-mail back saying they would love to meet with me. I was ecstatic to say the least.
I walked in to what I thought was the coolest looking office. There was a huge mural on the left hand side and multiple music magazines next to brightly colored chairs. The guy behind the reception desk was very nice and he started playing The Starting Line “Say It Like You Mean It”. For some reason, hearing this CD put all my nerves at ease. I thought, “I can do this. They listen to great music.” I made a comment on how I hadn’t heard that CD in forever. (Which was a complete lie, I definitely listened to it on the plane ride out :ox ) ANYWAYS, I thought the interview went great. I was completely honest (and super sweaty. Note to self: sweaters don’t belong in Los Angeles).
I thought I gave it my all. One thing that stuck out in my mind was I answered a question starting with the word “Cuz”. CUZ!?!??!! I don’t even use that word in text messaging let alone when I speak. Yes, it still bothers me and YES, I still think about it. Machine Shop Marketing, if you happen to come across this blog entry, I don’t normally use “cuz” when I speak or type FYI.
Now that I’ve gotten completely off topic…I am so excited for the day I move out to LA and I get to show everyone what I am capable of. I have a lot of people in my life doubt my abilities. I am a strong woman with an even stronger ambition for success. I look forward to the last month here in Richmond, and the next 3 months in LA. Since I won’t have any friends out there….yet….I plan on going to a lot of shows and such to pass the time. So expect constant updating. I know I’ve been slacking…blame it on school…or work…or my cat…
Just blame it on him..he scares me when he stares at me like that…
Needless to say I’ve been looking forward to New Found Glory, Saves the Day, HelloGoodbye, and Fireworks show that took place on Feb. 14th at The National for months. If you follow me on Twitter, you know this. I tried to tweet the show, but because Verizon’s failed attempt at an iPhone (Voyager) isn’t capable of that much it died at about 830pm. Thanks Verizon. You owe me.
I went into this show expecting great things. It had been about 6 years since the last time I saw Saves the Day and I have never seen New Found Glory or HelloGoodbye. (I’ve never seen or heard of Fireworks until recently.) SO, I was basing my expectations on the previous show and from what I’ve read/heard about NFG.
Disclaimer: In no way do I consider myself a professional concert reviewer. I am just a chick that likes music and has legit opinions :o)
My first bone to pick is with the venue. What was going on with the sound system?! First off the acoustics are pretty bad anyways, so it all sounded like they were all singing with marbles in their mouths.
Fireworks had a pretty decent set all equipped with jumps and spit. The crowd was not into the set at all. There weren’t many people there (I know it’s what happens with the openers) and the ones that were there, stared blank-faced at the lead singer. One of the guitarists tried to talk to the crowd about it being Valentine’s Day but no one seemed to be giving any type of feedback.
The nerdy cute guys of HelloGoodbye followed.
The set started off with the LONGEST sound check I’ve ever sat through, and in the midst of this drawn out sound check, my extremely drunk friend kept yelling how cute the drummer was. I’m sure he enjoyed the compliment. Anyways, the 1st song starts, Forrest’s mic doesn’t work. Some dude behind me yells “This sucks,” Forrest hears and apologizes because he is sick. Let me tell you something rude boy that was standing behind me. They are up there performing for YOU. YOU are down in the crowd, have some respect. (R-E-S-P-E-C-T). They had commented on a tweet I sent them and they further explain their terrible visit to Richmond. It follows:
PART ONE: Got sick, had terrible sound at the national theater, lost my laptop, iPod, external HD, wallet, bathroom kit etc…
PART TWO: Arun from STD found my laptop bag with everything sitting on the sidewalk!!! Time for me to fulfill his every sexual fantasy…
I always get a tinge of jealousy when a band or artist is asked the question, “What’s your favorite place to play” and it’s never where I’m located. This probably won’t be the case in HelloGoodbye’s answers either. I do wish them the best of luck with the rest of the tour. I hope Towson, Maryland treats you better than Richmond did.
Saves the Day picked up the next set.
This is the 2nd time I’ve seen them as I stated above. The last time I saw them was right after the release of In Reverie. The show consisted of red, yellow, and orange lights. Chris also was situated at the far left of the stage. A different place to put the lead singer, hey I was into it. This time, the show didn’t have any lights and Chris was back in front and center. The rest of the band didn’t smile once during the set. Chris kept a pretty constant smile on his face. (Was it forced?) The rest of the band, not so much. They didn’t seem into it and they looked pretty bored. In all honesty, I haven’t listened too much past In Reverie. I was banking on hearing “Cars and Calories” at least. Unfortunately that was a no go. I was disappointed with their set selection. However,they ended with the crowd pleaser “At Your Funeral”. I have yet to hear Rocks Tonic Juice Magic live.
**My Phone Died Mid- Saves the Day**
So, besides the fact that I was up front and could’ve gotten some awesome pictures, before New Found Glory went on, I was bummed.
I was disappointed with the previous acts and hoped the headliners pulled through. After about, less then 10 minutes of feeling bummed and another beer, they took the stage. I was more than blown away. The energy, set list, and actual stage set were perfect. The fact that they played one of my favorite albums from start to finish didn’t hurt either. They played their self- titled as well as some crowd favorites and ended with “My Friends Over You”. Call me selfish, but I wanted an encore. I know they played for about 2 1/2 hours, but I wanted more! The amount of energy the crowd had, matched with the energy of the guys and included the more than occasional belly fat of Ian Grushka. It was awesome I was throughly pleased.
I left the show with a new tee shirt and ringing ears. I played New Found Glory on the way home and couldn’t calm down; barely getting any sleep before my shift at 6:30am. It’s alright though, because my Valentine’s Day was probably better than most couples. So there.