Friday, May 29, 2009

Ben Harper & The Relentless 7

Let me first preface this with I love Ben Harper – like die hard, obsessed, will listen to him over and over and over, own ALL his music kind of love. He truly can do no wrong.

Side note: If you have never been to the Fillmore theatre in SF, it is such a great old venue. It has been the hub for the music scene in SF: Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival – just to name a few. It is old and dirty and loud, quite fantastic really.

I knew from the CD that the band, Relentless 7, is a harder rock sound. I was impressed as they came out on stage by their youth – Ben has been in this game for over 15years.
I watched as the crowd greeted him with a very loud and very long applause, he was so moved by the welcome – I wanted to shout WELCOME HOME BEN! But I didn’t.

Never Trust a Woman Who Loves the blues – could be one of the hottest songs. It has what sounds to be the bass line from the Rolling Stones, Miss you. . . loves it. The guitarist Jason really funked it up with an ending that made me feel like Prince could have been on the stage – I know that is a big comparison but it took me there. (i believe Prince is one of the greatest guitarist ever)
The live version of Fly One Time, made me feel like I was back in the 70s. From the sound of the jam to the lyrics. . .sometimes I think I was meant to be alive back then.
They rocked this song and Ben wailed it out vocally – the electric guitar and his slide guitar. It was heaven in the room.

Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart) um the title speaks pretty loud. . . he let out a tribal like yodel during this song – there really are no words!
He went on to play most of the new album. I take a break here to just tell you – if you have never seen Ben Harper live. . . you Must!

The cover of David Bowie’s Under Pressure was seriously ridiculous. He played one of my favorite songs ever - Another Lonely Day – I sang along, sorry to everyone around me but I had to let it out. ‘Cuz’ I’ve been with witches and I have been with a queen’ what is better than that line?

A DOUBLE ENCORE! The crowd literally ate him up. And oddly enough, I think he would have played all nite. This man is full of spirit and passion - he truly loves what he does.
He closed with Faithfully Remain. . .
I learned to say goodbye
to say goodbye to young.
I learned to duck from
like bullets from a gun.
How long can you pray?
How long can
you pray
and still not see a change?
I faithfully remain. I faithfully

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Mama has found the ultimate spot for all your facial needs.
Denise at Visage is absolutely amazing. My skin has never looked and felt as radiant as it does today.

Denise has now created her own line of products: Air Repair Kit.
I took this to NY and it was the perfect set of essentials. It seriously rejuvenated my skin.

Visage Studios is a must!

Visage Studio
The American Industrial Center Building
2325 3rd Street (@20th)
Suite #411
San Francisco, CA 94107

Friday, May 1, 2009