Archive for October, 2013

30 Seconds to Mars :: City of Angels
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Lost in the City of Angels
Down in the comfort of strangers, I
Found myself in the fire burned hills,
In the land of a billion lights.

Though I still live on the outskirts of LA, though I despise the traffic, the travel, the smog- for every negative thing I could say about the place, there are just as many dreams that come true there.

I’ve found music and magic in the City of Angels. Maybe I’m just lucky. I’ve happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right people. But some part of that is the city. Anything can happen there. Good or bad. It’s up to you to find your way.

Kanye says it perfectly, “The City of Angels is my paradox, my nightmares and my dreams.”

I found pieces of myself there. With strangers who have become friends. They’ve given me hope. They’ve given me my dreams back. And this is the song that takes me home.



Live Report: Simon AmstellNumb
Largo at the Coronet – Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 20:00

I belatedly realized I should have written a follow up to this post. I’ve seen Simon a second time. He’s still brilliant, still funny. But that night, his genius was slightly upended by a mouse. About halfway through the set, a murmur went through the crowd. It got louder until Simon actually stopped and looked where someone was pointing.

“What? Where? Under the piano?”

Indeed, as he cautiously and incredulously approached said instrument, sitting forgotten at the end of the stage, a tiny brown rodent shot out from underneath it, and disappeared quickly behind the backstage curtain.