Mike and I will be having our first overnight date sans kiddos since Michaela was born. At the ripe age of 3.5 months and Bailey boasting 3 years they can pretty much fend for themselves…
Needless to say, we have strong reinforcements coming in to take over kid/dog duty while Mike and I have our first big adventure!
Where to, you may be asking? I am SO glad you asked!
Mike introduced me to an amazing band about a year ago. Grimes. He saw a video of a fierce little lady cruising an Escalade, wielding a Mace complete with large snakes, metal ensembles and schoolgirl innocence. He sent me a video link, with a preface of something like, “Babe, Grimes is right up your alley. I think she may be one of the girls”. “The girls” are an elite group of women artists who I hold close and will play at any moment. Sometimes on repeat.
I clicked the link and was hooked. Since then, I have all of Grimes music and listen to her daily. One night after too much wine, I contacted her via her facebook page and begged her to visit San Diego and offered her a place to stay. Does that make me a stalker? For the first time I understand why people are crazy over an artist 🙂
Last year, Grimes played Coachella but I was pregnant. From what I can see on her website she mainly plays at music festivals. However, a few weeks ago I received a band alert that she was playing at House of Blues in Hollywood. For one night. I couldn’t believe it. I told Mike about it and the next day he was working on tickets, a hotel and ample childcare. My husband seriously rocks my universe.
We have hotel reservations on Sunset, are dining at a über hip restaurant and going to see Grimes at House of Blues. I wonder if we will be the oldest fans? I have no idea what to wear. I want to look cool but not trying too hard. I told Mike to be ready because I will be the girl up front, tearing up the dance floor (Thanks Lizzie/Tana for the cool term). I am so excited I feel like a little kid.
Onto Grimes. Her name is Claire and she is 25 and Canadian. I love Canadians. In fact, I have never met a Canadian I didn’t like. I have read up on her a bit, and know she isn’t the kind of girl who likes to be called tiny or adorable. I can only describe her as a unicorn, which is the highest praise in my world(I have only deemed one other person a unicorn, which is my fabulous friend Molly, truly a magical unicorn inside and out).
Her videos remind me of my best friend Eva and I when we were 25. I recently played her music for Eva and she said, “Her voice reminds me of Enya with amazing dance music”. I think Claire has a much stronger voice but definitely understand Eva’s sentiments. Her music gives me goose bumps and I find myself putting on Grimes for when I want to dance, relax, or work. I don’t have any other musician in my humble music library that works for all emotions.
I love how simple this video is, the delicious man candy and the emotion of underlying gender stereotypes.
For me, Grimes makes me feel young and careless. Her music makes me want to dance, but also encourages me to know the lyrics because I know they are much more than a pop song. I feel happy when I listen to Claire. It isn’t often I find a talented artist who writes her lyrics, has a phenomenal voice and puts together amazing music. The best part? It sounds like she is a really cool person. I have read interviews and she is honest when she describes her music. One of my favorite songs, Vowels and Space made me think it was super deep only to find this candid interview from Pitchfork:
“The song “Vowels = space and time” was actually me angrily writing about the fact that people were always getting on me for not writing songs about things. It’s based on a theory from Russian Zaum philosophy, which is this weird, obscure pre-Dada early-1900s surrealist group that believed language was false because vocal expression had inherent emotional meanings or qualities. I was like, “This justifies my other records!”
I could write so much more about Claire. Her rider requests puppies. She is eco-friendly and polite. Her videos are tops, and quite honestly her music just makes me happy.
I cannot wait to see Grimes. Can you tell?