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Well, due to problems in getting a karaoke version of the songs that they wanted to perform (We Will Rock You by Queen & Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd) they were in two minds as to whether to perform or not. I went to the auditorium at 5:30 pm and watched some of the show till just after 7 pm. It was the dumb fashion show that bored the shit outta me. So I went back to the office.

The guys weren’t sure if they should go on stage at all and so I left for home at 8:20 pm. A few minutes back, they SMSed me that they did finally go on stage towards the end of the show and were well recieved. Damn I hate myself  for missing it! But I’ll watch it on video – the whole show was taped by a professional crew.

Nothing Fancy – Jessie Farrell

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In 2002, Jessie released her debut album Today on an independent label in Canada. The songs were more of a folksy balladsy nature and I was able to download a couple of her songs for free from her website. Her voice and her beauty captivated me and I was an instant fan. 5 years later, Jessie turned country-pop and put out her second album Nothing Fancy. She also changes her appearance – gone are the dyed blond dreadlocks, she’s a stunning redhead with straight hair!

Alright, so on to the songs. We start off with the catchy & instantly memorable Let’s Talk About Love. The video, which I had embedded on a post here much earlier is as catchy and fun filled as the song. It’s a great way to introduce new fans to Jessie. Next we go to very playful & tongue in cheek I Guess – which is about dating 2 guys at the same time and not knowing whom to choose! Time for a ballad – listen to Fell Right Into You, a song about love that happens unexpectedly and comes just at the time that we need it.

Best Of Me is about giving your all in a relationship, even if your lover isn’t reciprocating the same way back to you. Lucky is a song about being happy with yourself and feeling glad to have what you have. Sorry For You is about refusing to let your friend or partner bring you down to the woeful level that they are at. Another love song is Falling Asleep (In Your Arms). Prettiest Things
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I Am Rock is about facing your past problems and telling yourself that you are above such things at this point. Jessie probably leaves her best vocal performance for the last song, Coming Home (Juno’s Song) about a young girl’s longing for home. All songs are easy listening and will end up being favourites for many a year. I love the album; go get it and you will too.

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I Only Sow The Seeds

Tomorrow is a celebratory day at the office. It’s the R&R function that’s held once every 6 months which is supposed to be quarterly but we are smart and we cust costs! (note the sarcasm) But it’s also an event that will mark our 2 years in business in the city of Cochin. It feels good to be part of something from inception till 2 years.

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I enjoyed the very first such function that we had way back in November 2007, when I got up on stage with 3 other guys (one guitarist, one bassist & a keyboardist) and sang my heart out to 3 popular rock songs. That went down very well with the people and they had wanted us to get on it once in a while. But since the bassist and guitarist no longer work with us, the band is no more.

However, I am pleased to say, that the rock bug is well and truly active with my team members. My trainers, 2 girls & 4 guys, will get on stage tomorrow and sing We Will Rock You & bits of Another Brick In the Wall. A karoke version will be playing in the background as they sing as a group. The 2 girls and 2 of the guys know nothing about rock music and if you asked them about heavy metal…..they would probably look for the nearest peice of iron or aluminium!

But they are going at it with gusto and full of enthusiasm and it sounds good enough. I only sow the seeds, the plants grow by themselves! ;)

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MJ Tribute Evening From Cochin Artists

The city of Cochin and it’s musical artists have decided to band together and pay a tribute to the departed King of Pop. As confirmed through tweets and articles in Cochin based blogs, a tribute performance has been organized at the Gokulam Convention Center in Kaloor. The entry and the event is free of cost.

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The Calgary Flames have traded defenceman Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jay, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The deal is not complete – the Flames have 4 more days to get a deal with Bouwmeester before he becomes a free agent on July 1st. Bouwmeester had spent his entire career with the Panthers, scoring 15 goals and 42 points last season.

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Toronto drafted Nazem Kadri, a player that the Ottawa Senators had hoped to snag, in the 7th pick. Instead Ottawa grabbed defenceman Jared Cowen with the ninth pick. The 18-year-old helped lead the Chiefs to the 2008 Memorial Cup championship, and had seven goals and 14 assists with Spokane last season. grabbed defenceman Jared Cowen with the ninth pick. The 18-year-old helped lead the Chiefs to the 2008 Memorial Cup championship, and had seven goals and 14 assists with Spokane last season.

The Canadiens delighted the Bell Centre crowd by taking Montreal native Louis Leblanc with the 18th pick. The Vancouver Canucks took centre Jordan Schroeder with the 22nd pick. The Calgary Flames were the last Canadian team with a first-round selection, and they snagged Tim Erixon with the 23rd pick.

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I put off watching Mel Gilbson’s 2006 epic period movie Apocalyto for 2 reasons 1) I don’t like Mel Gibson and 2) well it’s a period movie set in the Central American jungle and all dialogue is in Yucatec Maya language with English subtitles! Turns out, it was my loss afterall.

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The movie is set to show the downfall of the great Mayan civilization; infighting, sacrifices, drought & finally – as the movie ends we see Columbus and his men arriving at the shores. Great movie that shall go down as one of the best epic movies in recent years.

RIP MJ : The Way He Made Us Feel

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And yet, in a few years people will only remember his songs, videos and the moonwalk. Goodbye Michael.

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RIP Farrah Fawcett

The movie & television world mourns the loss of yet another 1970s-80s icon. They seem to be dying out on us all of a sudden.

Actress and incandescent beauty Farrah Fawcett, 62, died this afternoon at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. You may remember her for that famous poster or for her brief one year role as ‘Jill’ in the original Charlie’s Angels. When her father, James, 91, flew from Texas to see her, she passed him a note that, according to O’Neal, read: “I’ve loved and I’ve been loved. I’m happy. I’m ready.” She had written her own epitaph.

We will miss you Farrah.

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Long Way Home – Anthony Gomes

Long Way Home is a collection of songs that didn’t quite make it to the final list of Anthony Gomes’s 2006 hit album Music Is The Medicine. However there was no excuse in just leaving them hanging around, so later that same year, he released it as a companion cd. So let’s check it out.

The album starts off with guitar wails loud & in your face as Bring It hits your speakers. A wah-wah pedal drenched guitar lead breaks, it’s a kinda war cry of asking you to put your actions where your mouth is. Without You is more of the smoky bar kinds blues, with a backup singers and piano, telling a lover that the world isn’t right without her in his life. Gomes has said that this is one of his favrouite tracks.

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Quite Day Resting At Home

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There’s a little work going on around here. The apartment has 3 broken windows (the winds can really get going and if you haven’t put the hook on your windows, the glass can crack or break with the force of the window banging against the outer wall) and so we had some guys coming over to fix that. Overall it’s been a quite day and other than handle some calls from my team, I’ve had lots of rest.

Tired And Drained Of All Energy

On the road to recovery, I’m still tired and drained of all energy. The cold, adding a cough along the way, blew into a fever and joined up with a sinus & chest infection just for fun. This lead to the wounded soldier you would have seen if you had come my way yesterday evening and for most of today.

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I tried watching movies to while away the time – Star Trek V last evening, Lost In Space this afternoon and probably Apocalypto tonite. I need a day or 2 more of rest before I can get back to work. What’s been happening in your world, dear reader?