Friday, June 27, 2008

Everyday People

Dave Matthews Band has been covering Sly and the Family Stone's song "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" on their current tour, and it's awesome.

I was only familiar with "Everyday People" and "If You Want Me to Stay" as far as Sly songs go, however DMB has opened me up to others (including the aformentioned "Thank You", among others).

Now I'm left wondering why I had never heard their songs before. They deserve more recognition.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

You ain't never had my cornbread

Dave Matthews has another potential hit song.

But I must warn, the lyrics are a bit... not clean. They also change slightly each time the song is played. This version is taken from DMB's performance in Camden, NJ on May 31st of this year.

Dancing with the devil 'round the fire
mess your mama's bed for a little more magic
make you wanna run around naked
'cause you know it looks good on you
you ain't ever had my cornbread
little bit of heaven and a little bit of
cut it down the middle, open wide, and jump right in

Seen you there behind this miller's shed
got your boy and giving him head
naughty little girl but you know instead
joy is steeped with sin
cover yourself with guilt and shame
well what that good ain't no one to blame
enjoy yourself while you're in the game
the joy is steeped with sin

It soars inside my soul because of you
all this innocence that you inspire
you know you are as heaven intended you
come on show it off, your lovely flower

Dancing with the devil 'round a fire
mess your mama's bed for a little more magic
make you wanna run around naked
'cause you know it looks good on you
you ain't ever had my cornbread
a little bit of heaven and a little bit of
cut it down the middle, open wide, and jump right in

Yeah, yeah, know you love me
yeah, yeah, know you love me
yeah, yeah, know you love me
joy is steeped with sin
yeah, yeah, know you love me
yeah, yeah, know you love me
yeah, yeah, know you love me
joy is steeped with sin

It soars inside my soul because of you
and all the innocence that you inspire
you know you are as heaven intended you
come on, open up your lovely flower

It's all inside your head
[?] enough inside your head
all you need now to make love happen
it's all inside your head
quite enough inside your head
all that you need to make love, yeah

Dancing with the devil 'round a fire
mess your mama's bed for a little more magic
make you wanna run around naked
'cause you know it looks good on you
but you ain't ever had my cornbread
little bit of heaven and a little bit of
cut it down the middle, open wide, and jump right in

It soars inside my soul because of you
all the innocence that you inspire
you know you are as heaven intended you
open up your lovely flower

It's all inside your head
it's all inside of your head
all that you need to make love happen
it's all inside your head
love inside your head
all that you need to make love happen

[scat singing]

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

More regarding Andy Bellomo

http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2008/06/11/20080611teendeath0611.html

Andy Bellomo took baseball seriously. His coach said the 14-year-old was his own worst critic and constantly demanded excellence.

Andy managed to do that while still having fun, said Brad Brazell, head coach of freshman baseball at Phoenix's Barry Goldwater High School.

"He was just a quirky individual," Brazell said. "He (was) just one of those kids who loved
life."

It was that love of life that friends and family said they will remember about Andy, who was injured Saturday in a Phoenix grease fire.

The accident left Andy with severe smoke inhalation and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body, fire officials said.

Andy was pronounced dead Monday at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, authorities said. Several of his organs were donated, his friends said.

Andy was a freshman baseball and football player at Goldwater High School who drummed in his own band and loved to write, friends said Tuesday.

"He wanted to be a pro baseball player, but if he didn't, he would join the Marines or become a drummer," said Marcus Holt, one of Andy's best friends.

Andy's aunt, Victoria Bellomo, said his death was "absolutely horrific."

"In my mind, I can't imagine how this happened except that he was meant to be with God," she said.

"It's such a stupid tragedy, I just can't get over what happened."

The fire was caused by a pot of cooking oil, said Capt. Jeff Peabody of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Andy had been up late at a friend's house planning to cook french fries, but the unattended oil caught fire and set the entire kitchen ablaze, officials said.

The mother at the house tried to evacuate the three boys in the house, but Andy got lost in the smoke and firefighters found him without a pulse in the bedroom, officials said.

Andy was an intelligent teenager who was not afraid to express his affection for loved ones, Victoria Bellomo said.

"He just hugged and loved you," she said.

"(He was) just like an angel. This just breaks my heart."


Brazell said Andy, who was a pitcher, was proud of his school and had wanted to play baseball there since seventh grade, when Andy first met Brazell at baseball camp.

"He was just one of those unique personalities that every high-school kid wants to be," Brazell said. "He was certainly one that didn't worry about fitting in; he was just being himself."

On Thursday, baseball players from Goldwater High will hold a baseball game and barbecue at 5 p.m. at the varsity baseball field, with donations accepted to a memorial fund in Andy's honor.

On Tuesday evening, several hundred people attended a candlelight vigil to remember Andy's life.

They gathered in the area of 19th Avenue and Union Hills Drive, the site of the house that burned.

Shawn Lord had been one of Andy's best friends, along with Marcus, before a falling out in December. Shawn had known Andy for about four years since playing with him at a talent show in school.

While neither had seen each other very often since their fight, Shawn was confident that the two would get back to normal, especially after the two apologized to each other and began to reconcile their conflict.

But Andy died soon after the two had begun to repair their friendship. “I just felt destroyed,” said Shawn, 15.

“He knows I'm sorry.”

Shawn said Andy was an enormous influence on him. Musically, Shawn said Andy helped him to progress as a guitarist, Shawn said.

Andy was very gifted at writing poetry, and he composed the lyrics for the band's music, Shawn said.

Andy's close friends and family are left with fond memories of the times they spent with him. Shawn said one of his best memories with Andy was a time the two of them spent together on the roof of a house discussing what the “beyond” after death.

Marcus, 15, said he recalls singing karaoke with Andy and going to the park to practice baseball.

Before Andy's death, Marcus visited him in the hospital to try to cheer him up with jokes and play music for Andy, who was unconscious at the time.

Marcus said he took some comfort in knowing that Andy's transplanted organs could save lives.

"It makes me feel a little bit better because he just became a hero for . . . other families," Marcus said.


Now if I'd only known him better than I actually did. Seems like he was a really cool person to be around.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Andy Bellomo (1993-2008)

I'm really sad right now; trying to hold back tears as I type this.


I didn't know him as well as I should have, but I considered him a cool kid, though we disagreed on our favorite sports teams.


Andy died over the weekend after getting trapped in a house fire during a sleepover with two friends. They tried to save him, but there was just too much smoke and Andy couldn't see and after a while, collapsed in the hallway of the house. He was taken to the hospital, but it was too late.


He loved baseball. He was a pitcher for Goldwater High School (I graduated from there in 2004) and he dreamed of turning pro someday. If that didn't work out, his family said he also wanted to join the Marines.


Andy's tragic death did turn out a positive, however - his family donated his organs and now three lives have been saved.


Goodbye, but just for now. We'll see you in Heaven when it's our turn.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Does anyone else have a Playstation 3?

Because I now have one, and am looking for people to add to my friends list.

My PSN name is pikachu99, because I'm a Pokemon fan and Pikachu is my favorite Pokemon.

So... any takers?