Summer Days

I’m trying to find joy in simple pleasures more and more every day. However, there are also a lot of things I stumble upon that make me happy. Or things I find by accident. Or things I used to hate but grew to love. I’m such a lucky girl. I truly am.

This morning I was at the university library, studying for my upcoming exams when I decided to text a friend to see if she was up to grab some lunch together. I was hoping we could grab a quick bite to eat because I wasn’t sure if I’d see her before the summer holidays again. She agreed and then asked if I was up to go see Passenger at the Rathauspark because there was supposed to be an impromptu gig happening there. The Rathauspark (a park right in front of the city hall (=Rathaus) is right next to the university. It’s literally only a two minute walk. So we went to the supermarket, bought some salads and drinks and then plopped down in the park, listening to Passenger sing us some songs.
It was truly amazing. I’m not a huge Passenger fan. In fact I know all of two songs. One of them is being played to death by the local radio station and the other one’s a duet with Ed Sheeran. In any case, I was completely blown away. He was funny, cute, charming and humble. He seemed to truly enjoy himself while he was playing, bantered with the crowed, covered a couple of songs and encouraged everyone to join him and sing along. I know I just sat there and sighed because right there, in the middle of this crowd, sitting in the grass at 30°C weather, listening to him sing, I was so unbelievably happy.

Here’s to a summer full of unexpected opportunities. Full of possibilities. Full of joy and fun. A summer in which I hope to grow yet stay a child at heart and take pleasure in… the simple things.

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Rocky Votolato Live!

A few years ago someone introduced me to Rocky Votolato and for a while I was completely and utterly obsessed with his “Suicide Medicine” album.

So when I saw that he’s playing a show in Vienna, I made the last minute decision to go see his show with a friend – and what a treat that was. It was at a tiny, tiny venue, very intimate and just perfect. It’s the kind of concert I love the most, I wish all concerts would be held at tiny venues.

After the show he and his support act (Denison Witmer, more on him later!) were talking to guests, signing merchandise, taking pictures. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this. He was so nice and enthusiastic about this show, so thankful people came out to see him. Yes, I fell in love a second time.

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[Above: My outfit. | Below: Support act: Denison Witmer.]

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[Above: Rocky Votolato!]

And here are some tunes:

Bon Jovi Live!

I should probably begin this post by saying that I’m not a huge Bon Jovi fan. In fact, I barely know any of his songs – I mean the real versions. You’re probably confused now, but the thing is – I’m OBSESSED with his unplugged album “This Left Feels Right“. Obsessed. Completely. Utterly.
I’m usually the kind of person who listens to songs, and it’s very rare that I can repeatedly listen to an entire album and not skip at least half of the songs.
This is how good “This Left Feels Right” is.

It’s so uncharacteristical from how this band usually sounds – which is exactly why I love it so much. I’ve heard from a lot of people who like Bon Jovi for the classic version of their songs that they don’t really know what to think of this unplugged album. That they’re not really that impressed. In any case – if you want to listen to it, here’s your chance:

So, while I’ve been listening to that album for quite some time now, I know the songs, I know the lyrics – just not the rhythm they’re originally played in – which kinda sucks at a concert….
It didn’t matter much because they’re live just really, really amazing. It was an open air concert – and of course, it started to rain the minute they went on stage. How could it not? But even standing in the pouring rain for 3 hours didn’t do much to dampen our mood. If anything, it made us dance and jump around even more!
The atmosphere was great, as was the band – it made getting soaked to the bone so worth it, trust me. There are not a lot of other artists I’d endure this for ;)

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[Above: Starting the evening with burgers at MQ Daily. | Below: Still dry during the final songs of the support act.]

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[Above: Open air concert gear: LL Bean Boots, Denim Jacket (from Mango), Barbour Flyweight Jacket – I still got drenched. | Below: And so it begins….]

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[Above: We witnessed a stunning sunset before… | Below: the rain started.]

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[Above: A cup of coffee to keep warm.]

Is anyone planning on seeing them live on their European Tour? Has anyone seen them live before? What were your thoughts? Let me know!