Who the BLEEP is Aimee Mann?

My apologies in advance. You must keep in mind that I am the kind of guy who doesn’t know a lot of the things that many of you do. Yes, I am sure that a good number of you also have never heard of Aimee Mann (though it is likely a minority?), but I doubt many of you ever concluded that Puff Daddy was a “famous limo driver” after several months of your girlfriend having pointed and said “Puff Daddy” every time she saw a white limo drive by in Manhattan.

So now I know who Aimee Mann is, and also who Puff Daddy is.

The Aimee Mann thing crept up on me pretty gradually, over the last five years or so, I guess. It all started when I decided to date (and later marry) a singer-songwriter – one who happened to look fondly up to Ms. Mann. So I heard the name a lot, but never the music, and really had no clue who she was.

More recently, I began to have more context for this mysterious person, although I can’t say for sure if the name came up in conversation if I would have been able to say it was a musician, a “celebrity”, or a tennis star. I just wasn’t tuned in. That’s okay – I have other interests (or so I assure myself, placatingly). But the name started to come up in household conversation with my wife more frequently, because now this person was going to come play a show in my new home town – Metuchen, New Jersey. That sounded fun to me, even if I didn’t know the music.

Even better, my wife, as founder of a groovy songwriting blog called Songwriting Scene, had recently landed an interview commitment with Aimee Mann. So she broadcast that to her blog readers, getting some ideas for what some of her fans would like to ask, and then did the interview (by phone – presumably Ms. Mann declined an opportunity to hold the interview at our local coffee shop). It’s a great read – you should check it out!

Then even more recently, my wife and I met for a quick bite on Metuchen’s Main Street, and then walked a few minutes to the Forum Theatre Arts Center, where I finally had the opportunity to see and hear this (apparently rather well-known) folkie.

And you know what? She was great!

Now, you should know that in my life I have been to barely a dozen “concerts” – for example, I’ve seen Rush a few times, thenΒ Tori Amos, Barry Manilow, Ben Folds, Steely Dan, Lucinda Williams, and I once half-saw Bon Jovi on top of a building in Manhattan while doing Letterman. Add to that the dozens and dozens of smaller folk shows, festivals, open mikes, and house concerts I’ve been to with the community of friends I’ve met through my wife.

But I can’t say that I’ve been to a show with the sort of ratio of great performer to smallish venue that I had when I saw Aimee Mann at the Forum Theatre in Metuchen on April 8, 2011. It was, truly, awesome – and I think most people would have immensely enjoyed it whether or not they knew who the BLEEP she was. She sang a little ditty about our town of Metuchen during the show, and later she even tweeted about how much fun she had in Metuchen. Needless to say, we gave her two standing ovations…

Now I know who the BLEEP Aimee Mann is, and it would be nice to see another show sometime! πŸ™‚

And I also know how BLEEPITY BLEEPIN’ nice it sure is to see a music show at the Forum Theatre Arts Center… πŸ˜‰


Acoustic Night in Metuchen – April 21, 2011

Proud to be a part of this ongoing series of live “folkish” music in my new hometown of Metuchen, New Jersey. The series is held at our local coffee shop – Brewed Awakening. The shop has graciously provided a stage to more than two dozen local and regional folk artists over the last year.

And of course I am especially thankful to my wife, Sharon Goldman, who hosts the night each month, and generally is the catalyst for this all to happen. She’s a great hostess, in my highly biased opinion! πŸ˜‰

This month’s artists are:

And of course, my darling wife…

As for me, I carry stuff, plug-in equipment, and generally stand by cheering for the talented folks on-stage.

Hope you can join – starting at 7:30pm this Thursday, April 21, 2011.


Acoustic Music at Metuchen’s Brewed Awakening on Thursday

It’s a small-time roadie’s favorite gig – the home town show. Thursday, September 16, 2010, at Metuchen’s own Brewed Awakening, starting at 7:30pm, running till about 10pm. No cover, tip jar appreciated:

Here’s the deal, for me – the roadie: I load up the P.A. system into the car before leaving for work. Then, I work-work-work at the cubicle farm. Then, I take a leisurely walk from the train that evening over to.. MY FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP, and I.. have seat, order a cafe au lait, get a nice grilled chicken panini, catch up with some friends and acquaintances (representatives of Metuchen Living, for example, tend to attend, and cover the night on their website). If I get bored (just kidding – there is nothing of bore in these spectacular evenings of songwriting song) – well, I’m just sayin’, if I did get a little bored, I could just trounce on over to.. MY FAVORITE ICE-CREAM SHOP, and get myself a sugar cone with some butter pecan or mint chip.

Oh – somewhere in there I have to lug the P.A. system from the car into.. MY FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP, and do a little Irish jig while I plug in some cables and move a few tables. I am the roadie, after all. πŸ™‚

And sure, my only payment is to.. BASK IN THE MANY VARIETIES OF MUSIC OF THE FOLK GODS AND GODDESSES. So it’s not a half-bad gig, I’d say. And I’m not just lauding the talents of these folks because I’m married into the folk family. Well, maybe I am – but still, these small-town folk shows tend to be pretty freakin’ awesome, and I will do what I can, roadie night after roadie night, and shamelessly promoting blog post after shamelessly promoting blog post, to laud these folks. After all, the World needs more music! (And the coffee is pretty darned good, as well.)

Hope to see you there. I’ll be the guy who lugs but doesn’t strum, beat, sing, shake or toot. Oh, and if you see me lugging too hard, feel free to lend a hand. πŸ˜‰