Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Reeve Carney at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles

For my first concert living here in the Los Angeles area, I went to see actor and musician Reeve Carney at Molly Malone's last night. I have only been aware of Reeve for about 5 months now, and that's due to Netflix streaming the excellent but recently cancelled Showtime show, Penny Dreadful, where Reeve plays the beautiful but deadly Dorian Grey. Reeve also recently starred in the remake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show where he wonderfully played Riff Raff!  I soon started to research Reeve and learned about his primary occupation as a singer and composer. I started to follow him on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and I listened a little bit to his music. What small samplings I heard was enough for me to determine that he was someone I should see in concert if I got the chance.

Well, lo and behold, Reeve's new Fall tour commenced in LA Monday night, October 24 at LA's Molly Malone's, a popular Irish pub that host bands in its 150 occupancy concert room. To describe Reeve's music, I would say that he's an artist that is obviously influenced by blues, soul, rock, a little bit of country, and jazz; he's truly a person influenced by all genres of music. He plays the piano and the guitar with brilliant precision, and he's very animated, engaging and lively during his show. I had the pleasure of being in the front row of the general admission, standing room only audience and it was amazing being so close to such a beautiful soul who knows how to sing and put on an excellent show. Reeve was also supported by his equally talented and photogenic brother and sister, Zane and Paris Carney, musicians in their own right.

As Reeve explained, although he was born and raised in New York City, he went to high school and college in Los Angeles. So in the early 2000s, he was a regular entertainer at Molly Malone's where he honed his musical talents and developed his following. The audience really loved his music, and we all queued up to buy his CD and other merchandise where Reeve manned the merchandise stand to sign the merchandise and pose for pictures. I did not want my picture taken with him, I was content with the hundred photos I took of him with my camera and iPad. But when I got up to him to have him sign my CD, I shook his hand and told him how much I enjoyed the show and that I've only been following him for about five months and that his show was my first concert in my new home of LA. He thanked me for the honor and asked where I was from, I told him I was from Ann Arbor, MI and he knew the city. In fact, he said he did a show at the Ark on Main Street one time, and he was really impressed with AA. He signed my CD, and I asked for a hug, and he gave me one, before apologizing for being sweaty and wet. Lord, if all mankind can be as delicately sweaty and still smell good like him, we'll all be the better for it.

To Simone, Love, Reeve Carney :-)
In all, Reeve Carney put on an excellent show promoting his new CD, Youth Wasted, featuring the sexy Prince-esque song, 'Truth'. One listen to it and you will be hooked on this beautiful and very, very talented, and very sweet man. I look forward to seeing Reeve again in concert one day and I hope more people learn more about his music and see that he is more than a model handsome guy, he is truly talented in the musical sense and offers a stage presence that is greatly lacking in the under 35 musical act scene.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

California Here I Come!

My visit to Los Angeles over two weeks ago was a success. I had two networking meetings, stayed at a cool and comfortable AirBnB (my first time), and checked out some potential places to live. The palm trees cast against the beautiful blue sky was taken by me while I was relaxing and reflecting at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, just off the PCH and Sunset Blvd. I got accepted at both residences that I looked at, and wound up selecting one place immediately over the other for a variety of reasons. Last week I put in my two week's notice, and people have been very supportive but sad to see me go. I know I'm a great worker and Los Angeles is going to provide so many more opportunities that Michigan just cannot provide to me. I have plotted out my 3 1/2 day trip to LA starting Monday, October 17 with overnight pit stops in Iowa, Colorado and Utah. On the last day of the West bound trip, it's only 6 hours drive from my hotel in Utah to my new home in the LA area.

I'm in the process of talking to a great possible future employer, related to work in healthcare services that I greatly enjoyed at a previous job that was eliminated. And after the on-site interview visit when I arrive, I could start work in a matter of days. The timing is just perfect. I have put so much time, effort and universal energies into making this huge life change happen, that it's actually happening and I know I'll be ok and this will prove to be the right decision.

I'll be living in a suburb of LA, just about 30 minutes East outside of DTLA. The peace and quiet and cleanliness of my new home will serve as the perfect starting point as I get acclimated to live in LA County. I won't be close to the beach, but what's a mere hour's drive to the beach, compared to the costs associated to booking a 4 hour flight and getting a hotel to go see the same beach. In the meanwhile, I'll enjoy the views of the San Gabriel mountains from my bedroom. I've known several people from Michigan who lived for a brief time in Los Angeles, but found it to be too much for them, too densely populated, too expensive, and just too big for them. I have been visiting LA for over 10 years and it's the only state that I feel that will truly feel like home for me for the rest of my life.

Keep an eye on my Instagram account as I document my drive from Ann Arbor to Los Angeles starting on October 17. Thanks for the support, positive vibes and well wishes!