The Drums….They Played……I Died!

Before you get totally engulfed in what will be an awesome blog post go to iTunes and download anything from “The Drums”.  Once you have done so you can continue to reading while enjoying their music.

Thursday that just passed was the night that Taya, Tristan, Matthew and I headed down to Toronto.  First stop was The Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner.  We all filled up on bread, pasta and salad before we made our way to a show that we couldn’t wait to go see!  “The Drums”  The freaking Drums!!!!  These guys from Brooklyn, NY have been in my shower…at the gym with me…in my car…chilling me out…changing my mood…in my head…on my phone…on my computer…out on our lil’ sailboat…and just about everywhere we go!

To put things into a little more perspective, I need to explain that the show was moved to a different venue than where it was originally.  The show was all ages so we were stoked that the kids could come with us.  The venue was called Adelaide Hall.  Smallish venue with two floors.  The top floor is where the minors…parents of minors…and boyfriends/girlfriends or minors were banished to.  We did have a great view of the stage as the top floor had the middle cut out of it with a railing around the cut out to watch the show.  However, the vibe of the show we thought would be lost as we stood there waiting for the music to start.  We wanted to be in the crowd and dance and sing, so we were a little bummed.

Once The Drums came out and took the stage it no longer mattered where we were standing.  Jonny Pierces’ voice consumed me.  His fluid movements had me in a trance.  At one point he mentioned something about not having the greatest of days that day….you couldn’t tell by the show he was putting on.  After he said that I kinda drifted away just for a moment and realized that this guy whom writes songs that bring a smile to my face, that get my feet moving, and make my drive to anywhere so much better is human and has bad days just like anyone else.  I wondered if he actually realized what his music does for people?  As I said above, The Drums go everywhere I go.  Music invokes thought, inspires, and so much more and the people that are gifted enough to have this power may sometimes forgot what they are actually giving to people.  They are giving us everything.

When I wasn’t singing along or just in sheer awe I took some time to look out in the crowd.  Being one of the oldest at the show I couldn’t help but notice that cell phones and cameras have totally changed how kids behave at a show/concert.  98% of the show I spent actually listening, actively watching, singing and dancing.  The other 2% of the time I noticed kids taking crazy amounts of selfies, texting,  filming and taking photos.  It seemed to me as though they were so worried about telling the digital world where they were and what they were doing that they missed out on so much of the actual experience.  They couldn’t just be.  Just enjoy!  After witnessing this I thought about how difficult it must be to put on a show in front of a group of people taking photos of themselves.  I have a new respect for musicians.   “The Drums”  took it in stride and played what I consider to be the best show that I have ever attended…..and I have been to lots!

I had made a deal with Tristan that if he was able to meet Jonny and have a photo taken with him that he wouldn’t have to go to school the next day.  We waited in a alley behind the venue for about an hour and half and then Jonny came through the back door.  Even though we only spoke to him for 2 min I couldn’t help but feel that he had a kind heart.  I’m not sure why I felt that, but I did.  Tristan, Taya and I took our photos with him and I thanked him for putting on the best show that I have attended and hugged him goodbye.  When he said “Thank You”, I think he meant it.

Leslie
xo

Jonny Pierce

Jonny Pierce

 

Hey Rob Ford I found something better then crack!

Luv Bugs!

As I had mentioned I had gone to the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto this past Saturday.  There were a few bumps on my way to finding my new addiction.  For starters the meat section which is pretty large was like a freaky horror movie for this vegetarian.

To get to the cheese you don’t have a lot of paths that are clear of dead animals hanging from hooks or fish heads chilling on ice.  We found our way to the cheese and this is where the gong show really started.

I took a sample of some sort of cheese…bright orange with flecks of either grey or blue…I’m not sure.  To be honest cheese is my bitch!  I’ve never met a cheese that I haven’t liked, until this sample at the market.  At first bite I couldn’t really taste much but as I started to chew the shear awfulness started to fill my mouth.  I kept trying to get it down my throat hole while my taste buds were screaming out for help, there was no getting it down!  I could not keep this stuff in my mouth for a minute longer.  Spotted a few steps away was a box being used as a garbage, I ran to it as if it was life ring about to save me from drowning.  Damn it!  I almost made it!  My mouth opened, my tongue pushed the cheese out one step shy of the garbage box.  That lumpy, stinky, orange and grey, chewed up piece of cheese hit the floor.  The second it landed I could hear a guy working the cheese stand say “oh man you missed”.  I was slightly embarrassed and just kept walking….not looking back but feeling really sorry for whomever had to pick up my mess!

Now for the crack.  I don’t even know what this stuff was called or the name of the stand that I bought it from.  Let me tell you this shit was like crack.  After my first spoonful I was hooked.  I scarfed it down letting my family only have a few mouthfuls and we all agreed that we were willing to give in to this food addiction.

So I’m going to post a photo in hopes that someone knows what this stuff is!  Maybe I’ll be able to find a recipe, we just need one more hit of this stuff!!!

Please Help identify this pure yummyness!

Leslie
XO

Food Crack! What is this stuff??

Food Crack!
What is this stuff??

Toronto, Friends, Family and shopping!

Luv bugs
Its not even Sunday yet……I love that feeling of knowing that your weekend isn’t over yet!

So my family and I took off to Toronto yesterday.  Along the way we stopped at the handmade market.  We bought some honey, some treats and an Owl pillow.  After that we stopped for lunch and had a really great salad.  The sun was shinning the entire way to the city right until we found a parking spot on Queen St.  The Rain didn’t stop us from enjoying some Davids Tea and shopping. Tristan fell in love with a white ukulele which Matt was more then happy to buy for him.

When we arrived one of my really good friends house (Erin) we were greeted with her sister-in-law laying down having acupuncture done on her leg.  Tristan was the first to man up and try it out….I took a lil longer to get the balls to do it.  I am so glad that I did, I can’t describe the feeling but it felt really good.  Matt and Taya decided stay away from the needles.  We enjoyed a great show put on the two of the cutest kids that consisted of them throwing balls at each others heads while we watched and laughed.  Erin is such a great person and I am truly lucky to have her as a friend.  We met at camp when we were little, and have remained friends ever since.  She has always been so welcoming.  Eeeee I just love her so much.

Thats all for now I have a hot bath calling my name!

Leslie

XO
Toastand Honey