Dr. Lam is very passionate about his work and wants to hear what makes you excited about life, love, or your work. He believes that establishing a forum for you to express your positive energies will radiate to all those who are fortunate enough to read your entry.
One of my favorite bands of all time! Ok, this is one of those bands that a lot of people only know their songs that have been on the radio (This Love, She Will Be Loved, Harder to Breathe), but both their albums are fantastic from start to finish! (I rarely like the whole album from anyone). Their most recent album (It Won't Be Soon Before Long) is awesome. It's quite different from their first - this new one is more pop sounding with a lot of Prince-ish influence, in my opinion. Lots of good dance songs as well as some great slow stuff. Some of my favorites on the new album are:
Nothing Lasts Forever (Kanye West fans, you will recognize this song - Adam was featured on "Heard Em Say") Not Falling Apart Can't Stop Back At Your Door Won't Go Home Without You I also really like "If I Never See Your Face Again" which they initially recorded alone, then they did a collab with Rihanna which sounds very nice, too. Rihanna has a beautiful voice!
Their first album (Songs About Jane) never gets old. Although it has a much more R & B feel to it than their new one, it's simply fantastic! I think every single song is solid. Sweetest Goodbye, Shiver, She Will Be Loved and Sunday Morning would be my favorites (but don't make me pick!)
I'm going to see them in Chicago (along with Sara Bareilles and Counting Crows) in August and then I'm also going to Dallas to see them again in September. I'm a HUGE fan! They came to S.A. and did a small show with some other bands and they honestly were one of the best live bands I've ever seen! I can't wait to see them in bigger venues. Not only are they really talented, but they have all been friends and in a band together since they were like 14. They write everything. I also like that they weren't "manufactured" by a record company, they are just 4 guys who grew up together and loved to play music. (The 5th guy, James, came later). I had the opportunity to meet them and they were the most down to earth, sincere group of guys. They are huge Lakers fan but I guess I can overlook that one flaw!
Can't resist the temptation-jumping on the bandwagon to suggest a song/band I heard today on satellite radio. Band called 'Built to Spill' and track named 'Liar'. It's beautiful. Like many here, I'm terribly picky about music, very little new music seems to really excite me; this music does! Please check it out.
I was happy to read that Dr. L likes The JayHawks. I love the JayHawks, "Angeline Forgive Me" (maybe the title is simply, Angeline, I forget..) FWIW, iTunes doesn't have the song I just mentioned. It's from the album "Rainy Day Music", I think....too lazy to go look for it.. The entire album is very, very good.
DD and I have Reign of Love/L.I.J. on our iPods. She is NUTS for this song!! Reign is O-ver--no more reign for a while!!
I also looked up the Rachael Yamagata--awesome talent. Love "Worn Me Down".
Oh, this Built to Spill band has been around for a good while. (I didn't realize it!) They have a few interesting video on youtube--and they still sell VINYL! for purists or anyone who prefers. They're kind of old-school, the type of group one might hear in a college bar or other edifying place.
Hey, I checked out the Jayhawks and loved what I heard! How is it possible that I'd never heard of them before? Geesh! Going to get some of their stuff pronto from iTunes. Thanks, MementoMori, for mentioning them here!
That's very cool, Datayers!! I'm glad you found them. [b]I was INCORRECT about iTunes--they DO HAVE songs from the album 'Rainy Day Music' (my favorite, fwiw). [/b] I've often felt the same way--the 'how did I NOT KNOW this music??' moments. I first heard the Jayhawks when they appeared on 'Austin City Limits' and I just loved their sound, their lyrics, the lead (most recently) singer's funky glasses and hair.
Some of their music has more of a country 'thang going, some more folk. I Googled Jayhawks and found some hilarious vids they did in Germany, circa '95--the announcer, "Und hier haben wir THE JAYHAWKS-sie spielen________" I forget the name of the song, but it was totally, totally a twang-fest. Seemed funny somehow, the juxtaposition.
Glad you like them, too! I'm not certain, but I think they're on hiatus or disbanded at present.
I played some Ishtar for datayers during her mole removal to give her a little taste of French and MIddle Eastern music. I hope that was fun. She is also filming her mole recovery!!! That is going to be cool
[quote="dr. lam"]I played some Ishtar for datayers during her mole removal to give her a little taste of French and MIddle Eastern music. I hope that was fun. She is also filming her mole recovery!!! That is going to be cool[/quote]
The music being played during my procedure was very cool! The nurses were so sweet and, of course, Dr. Lam was wonderful, too. He was always making sure I was comfortable. The whole experience was just great.
Yes, I am getting ready to film my next installment in my healing process. I hope it will help someone else like me down the road.
I've decided that live music is my new passion! This summer I got to see Maroon 5 three times (once in Chicago which was AWESOME!), once in San Antonio and once in Dallas. I wonder if they recognized me? Ha!! I also got to see Neil Diamond and Steve Wariner....very different from Maroon 5, but all WONDERFUL performers! I was impressed at every concert how much work goes into a concert. In every show I went to, I was able to appreciate the great effort that went into putting on the show. The amount of people needed to pull it off is really amazing. Maroon 5, well, their sound is amazing! Such a cool mix of rock, R & B and pop! I'm convinced they are old souls because they sounded absolutely perfect and rocked the place every time, in every city! BTW, Sara Bareilles who opened for them was SO talented. Wow! I highly recommend her to anyone who hasn't heard of her. Of course, Neil Diamond was also fabulous live! He totally surprised me with his energy and voice. Wow, truly a one of a kind voice! And the stories he told were so touching and beautiful. I especially loved the video screen with pictures that corresponded with the songs.
Duran Duran is my next concert (next month) and I'm really looking forward to that! I really think that live music is one of the best ways to get happy! Who can NOT smile when listening to music being played live right before your eyes? You just have to move and feel the energy of all the performers. I've heard many artists say that they literally "feel" the energy from the crowd. I am not sure which comes first - - does it come from the performer or does it come from the crowd and their excitement and expectation? Or is it a combined energy from both parties? Either way, this was the best summer of my life because of some wonderful concerts. I made several new friends (lifelong, I hope!) and spent some quality time with my husband. He had a great time, too, and it was good for us to have time without the little ones. I've decided that every year I will go to a minimum of 5 concerts and try to hear some new music, too. I bought tickets for my husband to see Los Lonely Boys and he said that was a fantastic concert. So now I have to go see them live, too!
Thanks for letting me share here! I hope all of you find something that brings you joy, too!
that's really cool. i was an avid concert goer when i was in med school. i saw radiohead during their pablo honey tour and was about 2 feet away from Thom Yorke since it was such a tremendously small venue then got his autograph from the tour bus afterward (it was that small). i have not done too much of that lately. i want to see coldplay here this month but can't since my commitment is to my EO group, and that commitment is sacrosanct.
my dad was a huge fan of live jazz and really got into any live music. i sometimes enjoyed the music more because of him than the actual music. i can still see him swaying and snapping his fingers to the beat of the music. when he was sick in his later years and could not go out, he would listen to classical dvds, operas, jazz performances and mostly "live" performances. with that being said, i have a special place for live music. i'm glad that you wrote your entry. i will be more attentive to thinking about getting out there and listening to more live tunes!
Ok, so Dr. Lam and a few others here know what a big music lover I am and that Maroon 5 is one of my favorites. This is a neat story and I wanted to share it.
A couple weeks ago we booked airline tickets to go visit my parents who bought a house in Del Mar. They've had the house since December 2007, but we had been so busy that we just hadn't had time to go see the new house, despite their constant asking. (They also have a home here so we would see them often when they were in Texas). Anyway, we got our plane tickets and two days later I found out Maroon 5 is doing a benefit for a childrens hospital in the same city during the time we will be vacationing there!!! What are the odds? Of course I called right away and was able to get tickets. My favorite band, raising money for a wonderful cause and a fun trip to California.....could life get any better??
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
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