Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Clay Aiken - August 25, 2005

I finally went to my first Clay Aiken concert. I still say he’s a phenomenal performer with an outstanding voice but I didn’t completely enjoy myself. His tour was called ‘Jukebox Tour 2005′ and was a collection of songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000+.

The first problem I had was he sang songs that were not his, enjoyable but not his.The second problem I had was he gave his backup singers too much time on centre stage singing solos! I paid to see Clay Aiken sing not his backup singers….argh..

But…we had seats in section 101 which was pretty darn close to the stage. I could see him very well and…he did a walk through the crowd at one point and ended up being 10 feet away from us!!! I almost fell off my chair trying to get a picture!…

He’s pretty funny so his interaction part with the crowd was entertaining and when he sang his OWN songs, they were outstanding especially the new song he sang. Nicely done.

All in all, it was good. Bu I hope his next tour is called ‘Clay Aiken’ and he sings only his songs. HIS songs are worth the price of admission.

Clay Aiken Concert Pictures

Thursday, August 4, 2005

New York…New York - July 29->August 2, 2005

Just came back from a 4 day weekend in New York. Trip was good, weather was hot and traffic was heavy. That pretty much covers New york in a nutshell in the Summer!

It was 35+ when we landed and left but in between it was 29, hot and humid but tolerable which was good because we did a lot of walking…a lot! You can’t drive in New York because there is too much traffic and the lights are not timed well…it would be frustrating…

We took the Subway a few times which was fine…but there are so many different lines to take…you need to walk a couple of blocks to get the line you need…so we walked…which was fine but tiring!…I think we walked 7 miles on our last day….ouch…even walking was tough because there were so many people out walking as well…but we managed.

We saw all the tourist stuff…Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Centre, Madison Square Garden, United Nations, all the stores on Fifth Avenue:), Central Park, etc…..I’d recommend everything but go early to the attractions where you have to take a ferry or line up…it’s not worth it if you have to wait an hour to get into…

Shopped well..perhaps too well :)….ate well, slept well, etc….

Our only issue was having to wait to disembark at Pearson airport because there were thunderstorms at the airport and they wouldn’t allow airplanes to leave which meant we had to wait until the storms cleared to get a gate to disembark. Waited 3 hours and then another hour for a bus to get home. Oh well…it could have been worse.