John Mayer, LIVE IN MANILA!
5/16/2010 Manila, PH
CBP – 1A Pasay 1300
632 + 556-0680
Fantastic video, outstanding performance, wonderful song, awesome guitar-playing, sweet inclusion of “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember”, fitting cover of “Empire State of Mind”… and perfect timing for me.
Definitely one of my favorites.
Last week, I was reminded of my mortality twice.
I was answering a questionnaire for work and this one came up: “What are 5 things that are in your bucket list? Mark the ones that you have already done/achieved.”
At first, I couldn’t think of a single answer. Am I really that boring that I don’t intend to do anything magnanimous before I die? But after a few minutes, I realized 5 was too limiting, because I have hundreds of things that I have yet to do. So I eventually drew up my 5 goals and marked one which I have reached.
That was when I realized that I still have enough time to do the other stuff on my list. And of course, I intend to reach complete them in the near future.
I was still in that contemplative mood when my phone rang, and the person on the other line gave me one of worst news I’ve ever heard recently – a workmate of mine, whom I have only met a few days before, was shot dead. I hurriedly caught a cab to the hospital where he was taken and saw tearful eyes and shocked faces as everyone tried to cope with the tragedy.
While listening to the discussions that surrounded me, I learned that the victim was only 24, married, with a 4-year-old kid. My heart bled for that little family, whose future momentarily went on a stand-still because of a crime that nobody could comprehend. And it dawned on me, a young man, who still had a lot to offer lay lifeless in the morgue, whose ambitions and plans came to a halt without any warning.
Did he have his own bucket list? How many was he able to mark as done?
If the cliché, “good men die young” is true, does this mean that he was able to live a complete life at a very young age?
In the end, I breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that I am still alive, and I could still live the life that I am supposed to live.
But a little part of me felt reflective… here was this 24-year-old guy who may have had a life worth living and who may have been prepared for the end to come…
…while here I am, 33 years old, with all my senses intact… still pondering over bucket lists.
He tweeted about it… about a couple of hours before he started!
His fans had some sort of instant transporters that they immediately flocked at Hotel Cafe in LA last night all prepared with their trusted cameras. Some friends over at MSM were able to catch it and I can’t wait for them to give us a blow-by-blow.
I would’ve loved to be there, because according to an attendee, it was just like the old club days of John — alone, no bodyguards, no roadies to help him set up his gear, unfamiliar songs, covers, intimate banter and his obvious need for approval from the audience regarding his set list… it was just like deja vu…
…except that there were a few paparazzi outside by the entrance.
April 22 at El Rey in LA (Jeff’s 2nd show). Holy sh*t!!!
I had a very busy day that I didn’t get to do my Sunday morning Musical Appreciation ritual. As I was about to get ready to accept the fact that for the first time in months, I won’t have an entry for my weekly playlist, I found a rare track thanks to the people over at the Jeff Buckley Community (JBC).
It’s Jeff’s live rendition of “Hallelujah” in 1995 at a French TV show entitled “Nulle Part Ailleurs”:
While searching for the video in YouTube, I found other performances worth mentioning (I know that it’s not a playlist technically, but I’m sure I’d put them in my iPod if only I had the audio recordings):
Artist: Jeff Buckley and band
Song: “Space Cowboy”
Song: “Push It”
Song: “Don’t Tell Me”
Artist: The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night” band)
Song: “What They Do”
Song": “Northern Star”
Song: “Karma Police”
Artist: PJ Harvey
Song: “This Wicked Tongue”
Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Songs: “Scar Tissue” and “Around The World”
Artist: The Cure
Song: “The Last Day of Summer”
Song: “Glory Box”
Songs: “Bachelorette” and “Joga”
Song: “Drain You”
There are a lot more. I suggest that you check them out in various video search portals.