Ottawa, Canada
December 15
Greetings! I am a terminal music fan who will be writing about my life as a concertgoer from 1975 to the present. It’s about the music but also about the lives lived along with it. Many entries will feature a scan of the original ticket as well as a recollection of each gig as a whole experience rather than simply being a description of the performance. Therefore, this blog will be a mixture of memoir, concert review, music history, and philosophical musing. Concurrently, I will be writing about shows that I am seeing in the present. Thanks to Cublet for artwork assistance. **** I’m on Facebook ( mylifeinconcert) ... and have just launched a YouTube channel, VATV ( I also re/cross-post on my stand-alone blog ( Non-OS members who wish to comment can do so over at that site. *****

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VA-Tel Presents 20 Outtasight Xmas Sensations

(Cover by VariousArtists; Pics grabbed from ye olde Internet)

20 Sensational Hits! 20 Sensational Stars!

Here's some fun’n’hip shakin’ musical accompaniment for the annual Santafest.  This splendiferous list mostly avoids the obvious or overly solemn, and shou/… Read full post »

178b. Enjoy Yourself: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Pt. 2) with The Specials, The Waterboys, Animal Collective, Solange, Balkan Beat Box, and more, July 8-12, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 12 Bluesfest Day Pass
Oooh looky, there's a curmudgeon onstage ...

OS front page Nov 2014

Look familiar? 

An important OS anniversary beckons, one that deserves our attention and commemoration.  I am of course referring to November 27, 2014: one year to the day when the OS front page became frozen in time.

But how to mark the occasion? Certainly there are many creative/… Read full post »

variousartists 13 halloween listening recommendations

 (Graphic and pumpkins by VA.  Stills grabbed from web and videos from YouTube)

Last week I laid out 13 possibly Halloween-friendly viewing suggestions and this week I have an unlucky 13 list appropriate for the season of graves'n'goblins.  I've tried to avoid the more obviousRead full post »

VariousArtists 13 Halloween Viewing Recommendations

(Graphic and pumpkins by VA.  Stills grabbed from web and videos from YouTube)

Here is another VA seasonal viewing guide for you, dear readers, following my Easter and Xmas recommendations.  And, as with those previous lists, I am taking my own idiosyncratic liberties as to what cou/…

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185. In The Flesh: Blondie, Ottawa Bluesfest, LeBreton Flats, Ontario, Thursday July 10, 2014.  Approx. $50

2014 Bluesfest Wristband Blondie variousartists
  Blondie's 40th and Ottawa Bluesfest's 20th

I first encountered Blondie in the pages of NYC-based Rock Scene magazine in the summer of 1975.  It was a single page feat… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 7:46AM

VA's KARAOKE: Proceed With Caution!

  VariousArtists karaoke

"Fasten your seatbelts.  It's going to be a bumpy night." Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve.


NOTE: I’ve been off OS for another periodic pause.  More is coming, but in the interim I’m throwing this silly quickie out there.  Mind you, it dRead full post »

 variousartists 4th blog anniversary judy garland at carnegie hall

“I’m going to get a sip of water.  I’ll be back ... Talk to each other or something ... Mill around for a second ...” (Cover mock up by VA)

Four years on from when I started this blog project, and OS and I are/… Read full post »

    June 1 1974 Cover

While I’m a fan of both recorded music and live performances, I’m not frequently overly enamored with the results of their intersection: the live album.   More often than not, they are merely contract fillers, between-project marketplace bookmarks or l… Read full post »

178a. Magic Chords: Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 (Pt. 1) with The Black Keys, Sharon Van Etten, Femi Kuti, Neko Case, Bahamas, and more, July 4-6, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 ticket variousartists

"Summer's here and the time is right for ..."

The Black Keys, Femi Kuti
Thursday July 4, 2013

For… Read full post »

024. Discopravity: Psychic TV, Danceteria, New York City, New York, November 17, 1983. $n/a

FACE ad for Danceteria 1984 
An ad for Danceteria from the December 1984 issue of The Face. (Scan by VA.)

NOTE: While this second of a two-part entry covers Psychic TV’s gig at Danceteria (part one includedRead full post »

023. Back Against the Wall: Circle Jerks, Reggae Lounge, New York City, New York, November 16, 1983, $ n/a

  Fred and Ethel Mertz I Love Lucy variousartists

 Ethel & Fred Mertz (Vivian Vance & William Frawley) in a still from an I Love Lucy postcard that I bought while in NYC.  The physical exuberance depictedRead full post »

Get Lucky 13 variousartists 2013 music

Get Lucky 2013 variousartists weeknd kurt vile playing cards

Get Lucky 2013 variousartists phosphorescent john grant david bowie playing cards

variousartists get lucky 13 best of 2013 rows 3 and 4 cards

Get Lucky 13 Best of 2013 variousartists
After a colossally bad 2012, it was more like Lucky ‘13 for me this past year.  Cublet and I did have a few challenges but, hey, life’s never perfect. Overall it was far more chuckles than cheerless even if/… Read full post »

 variousartists 12 days of christmas viewing 

My final of three new Xmas entries for this year, following my pieces on Xmas Advertising from LIFE Nov. 30 1959 and on how I discovered the truth about Santa Claus.

Turn on, tune in, and drop ... onto the sofa in front of that TV: the annual Clausfest… Read full post »

VariousArtists winter 1969 1970

Me during the winter of 1969-1970. 


Two years ago, Open Salon had an open call soliciting folks to share their tales about how they discovered that Santa Claus was indeed a sham.  I was too busy during that and the previous xmas season/Read full post »

LIFE Magazine November 30 1959 Proctor smile variousartists

Just look at that radiant smile!  And it's all because of (find out below) ...


NOTE: I'll be taking a breather from the My Life — In Concert! series for December to make way for three or four Christmas-themed entries to come in the the next fewRead full post »

Beatles White Album Original 1968 Canadian pressing cover variousartists

My original copy from 1968.  I've never known why this was unnumbered as I am pretty positive it is from the first run.  Either I am mistaken or the individual numbering was solely in the UK & US. (All scans and photos on this page by VA.) Read full post »

Lou Reed New York Poster 1989 variousartists
One of the greats; not to be forgotten. (Photo by VA: A lifesize Lou that used to live on my wall at the top of a stairwell).
"What would I see if I could walk away from me" from "Candy Says"

"Between thought and expression liesRead full post »

177. We Rule the School: Belle & Sebastian, Saturday July 6, 2013, Ottawa Bluesfest, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, $19.50 (as part of 10-day pass)

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 wristbands

 This year's much-used Ottawa Bluesfest full fest passes featuring their mascot, Leadbelly.  He waved at me on Day One.&nRead full post »

176. Lightning: Ottawa Jazz Festival 2013 with David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sunday June 23 / Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Saturday June 29, Confederation Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, $165.00 for a (largely wasted) Festival Pass

McCauly Culkin Ottawa Jazz Festival 2013 Wristand variousartists

My wristband for the 2013 Ottawa JaRead full post »

175. I’m Your Man: Leonard Cohen, Friday December 7, 2012, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, $171.04

Leonard Cohen Ticket Ottawa Canada Friday December 7 2012

Yes, it was pricey.  Yes, it was worth it.

“I love to speak with Leonard,
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd,
He’s a lazy bastard living in a suit&rd… Read full post »

VA Banner of Poster Highlights 

Howdy to those of you on both Open Salon and WordPress ... I’ve had another OS/WP absence owing to a few reasons: life stuff, some needed household re-arranging, and a spell of writer’s block.  I was also having too much damn hot fun in the summertime as/… Read full post »

VA 3rd Anniversary on OS Talking Heads Fear of Music
No "Fear of Music" ... a fear of OS's obsolesence, perhaps ... (Mock-up by VA)
June 3rd marks my third anniversary of hitting the “publish” button here on OS — an anniversary that, round about six or so months ago, I really didn't think would happen.  While there… Read full post »

174. Walk Like A Giant: Neil Young and Crazy Horse with Patti Smith, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Saturday November 24, 2012, $73.11.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse with Patti Smith Scotiabank Place Ottawa Canada November 24 2012 VariousArtists

Tonight's the night ... to walk like a giant.

You can never be sure which iteration of “Neil Young” you’re going to get when… Read full post »

022c. Let’s Dance: David Bowie with Rough Trade, CNE Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Saturday September 3, 1983, $22.50

David Bowie, Rough Trade, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Saturday September 3 1983 variousartists

Ten years on from my hearing "Space Oddity," I finally get to see and hear Bowie live during the Serious Moonlight tour.

In Part One, I wrote about what

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