It seems I prefer to run in the winter. There's something about the cool air and shorter days that compels me to put on my running shoes and run. As a part of my cool-down process I always stop by my neighborhood park. My favorite thing to do is to take some time and breaths at this musical installation and play. Sometimes the local folks gather to watch and listen. Sometimes it draws in children to explore this instrument themselves. Yet, most times the park is mostly empty and I get to enjoy playing this instrument all by myself. Here is a little glimpse into my post-run musical cool down. #happysaturday
I am a former (what I deem) "concert junkie." I have witnessed well over 500 different artists, performers, bands, ensembles, and groups live in concert in my 33 years of living. My first concert was probably around the age of 6 when my mother took my sibling(s?) and I to see "Mint Condition" live at Magic Mountain, California.
After some R&B goodness I would move onto Suicidal Tendencies live at the Santa Monica Civic Center in December of 1994. It was the first time I had understood my real, true age and the severity and maturity of the activities I was partaking in. I knew my place as I was walking into the venue. So many faces looked at me with expressions saying, "little girl, you don't belong here." So I kept quite, observant, and cool. I was 12 years old at the time. Next, I would work to earn money to buy concert tickets. I would learn that you cannot always rely on others to go "see" something. I was willing to go solo, and I did many times. I learned to be front row on the barricade rail. My all time low was buying concert tickets instead of paying my car note... yeah, it almost got repossessed. My all time claim to fame is having witnessed 25 shows in a period of 9 months in the year 2003. I was 23. Now, I am 33 years old. In my time I can say that the best live performance I have ever witnessed was the entire evening's performance of Dead Can Dance at the Gibson Amphitheater along with David Kuckhermann and Miranda Rondeau. One word: marvelous. The voices and musicianship of each individual was remarkable, captivating, exquisite, and alluring. Bravo.
Another really great performance act is Tool. Being a drummer myself, Danny Carey is one that I highly esteem. Here is he is with VOLTO! live at The Mint in Los Angeles, California. I had a great time at this show to say the least.
Maybe I was having a bit too much fun... I may or may not be the one singing and hollering. <3
Mary Ann Martinez
Writings of a restless soul.