Friday, 12 September 2008

Al di Meola

Last night we attended a brilliant show: Al di Meola live in Bucharest.

Not much to say, really, because the show was indeed outstanding. Accompanied by (I’m sorry I didn’t get their names) an Italian on guitar, a Croatian on accordion and his old band matte Gumbi on percussion, Al proved again, although unnecessarily, that he is a great musician and guitar player.

Edit: According to this article in the online edition of Washington Post, they were Peo Alfonsi and Fausto Beccalossi:

In addition to his longtime percussionist Gumbi Ortiz, a master of Caribbean polyrhythms, Di Meola was accompanied by two Italian-born musicians: accordionist Fausto Beccalossi and guitarist Peo Alfonsi.

I don’t know where did I get the Croatian thing, but I stand corrected.

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Monday, 13 August 2007

The Robert Plant concert

The music, the sound quality, the light, the musicianship — they were all exactly how I expected. In other words: the show was great!

The event management on the other side — typical for this fucking country: a complete mess.

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Saturday, 7 July 2007

Just one more day left

Robert Plant and The Strange Sensation, Bucharest concert poster

Tomorrow night we’ll have the privilege to see the great rock legend Robert Plant performing live in Bucharest.

I’m very excited and I can hardly wait. I hope it will be great. I haven’t followed his music in the recent years, yet even if I (supposedly) don’t like it, it’s going to be a great show, performed by true musicians. A must see.

I’m a little bit concerned about the location though. It’s going to take place in a parking lot and it’s going to be the show that concludes a series of live performances starting today with some (crappy) Romanian bands. I’m really curious about the acoustics in that parking lot.

But I’m more concerned about the seats. I’ve bought the so-called VIP seats because I wanted this concert to be a surprise and birthday present for Crenguţa, and of course there was no way to get her standing for several hours into a crowd of thousands of crazy rockers. The website I bought the tickets from had a really bad schematics of the stage and seats areas, one thing being clear though: the seats are at an angle from the stage.But there was no way to tell how the visibility is going to be. But we’ll see.

Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Finally joining the club

I am the fresh, proud and happy owner of an 80GB iPod! 😀

After years of drooling, my dream has finally came true, thanks to my incredible wife Crenguţa, whose idea I believe it was, and with the financial help from my sister Ancuţa, my sister-in-law Alina and my mother-in-law Iuliana. Thank you, I love you!

My wife never ceases to amaze me, even after all these years (we were class mates in primary school, and our love story took off during highschool — although according to family folklore I had a crush on her since the first grade, and we were more or less flirting since the seventh or eighth grade).

She is to be committed to the hospital again tomorrow for the second hip replacement surgery, yet she finds the time, the energy and the will to think about my birthday! I know she’s really worried and has a lot on her mind right now, and this shows just what kind of person she is: so caring, so thoughtful and so altruist…

I must confess that I would have probably behaved completely different in her situation. I think I would have felt so low and unable to think of anything else. But not my baby! That’s why she is so special, and I must be really lucky to have her in my life.

I love you very much, get well soon so we can get on with our life, OK?

Family picture

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Lurking around

There’s too much time between my posts. I know it and I hate it. I wish I had more things to say, things to get out of my system.

Err, in fact there are too many things I’d love to get out of my system, but nobody wants to know about my personal problems. Most posts of “blogging tips” type will tell you that.

And as a matter of fact, I’m really really tired of talking about my problems, even thinking about them, but unfortunately I can’t help it. A few days ago I heard for the first time a song of Adriano Celentano called Miseria Nera, although you could probably count on the fingers of one hand the songs I’ve never heard before. The chorus speaks better than I could ever do it myself:

“Io vendo il cuore<br/> Io vendo, per non morire<br/> La vita e bella,<br/> Ma e bella per pochi<br/> E non per me.”

“I will sell my heart<br/> I’ll sell it not to die<br/> Life is beautiful,<br/> It is beautiful for few<br/> And not for me.”

Listen to a fragment of this great song on the Clan Celentano website.

Tuesday, 15 November 2005

Song of the day

Oh please let it rain today.
This city is so filthy, like my mind in ways.

Wash, by Pearl Jam

Wash my love!

Note: This is a scaled-down version of the original image found here: Concert photos on

Edit Nov. 21st: Due to popular demand (just kidding, only my wife actually reads this) I’m currently looking for options to embed a player inside these kinds of pages. Probably a flash one. I intended that in the first place, but being caught up in other things and all… I’m not really sure it will happen very soon.

Thursday, 4 August 2005

My depression resonates…

… with Adrian Belew’s last album, called Side Two.

Yes, it’s strange because it’s not something I would normally listen to very often, at times it gets too experimental for my lack of patience and mood. Continue Reading

Monday, 20 June 2005