Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thanks to Alec Baldwin, I know EXACTLY what I'm looking for in a 'Leading Male'

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I revisited Alec Baldwin's podcast Here's The Thing and realized I know exactly what I want in a man. 

I moved from Alec to Rumi only to reflect on what a charmed life I lead.

Here's The Thing - Alec Baldwin
Here's The Thing - Alec Baldwin's Podcast

Here's The Thing 

Caught up on Alec Baldwin's "Here's The Thing." I listened to Alec Baldwin's interviews with Joe Dallesandro and Kevin Kline. Millennials may need to look up Joe Dallesandro. On second thought, they may need to look both those names up.

The Kevin Kline interview was great, I highly recommend you download that episode. Actually, listen to both episodes because Joe Dallesandro's might be equally as good - but on opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum.

Little Joe Dallesandro
Joe Dallesandro of Andy Warhol Fame

In any case, at the end of the Kevin Kline interview, Baldwin paid Kline a compliment about his acting. He said, "You possess all the traits of a great leading male: masculinity, intelligence and sensitivity." I paused the podcast, rewound, and listened again. Then I wrote down the traits.

Masculine and Sensitive Super Heros
Masculine and Sensitive
Not so smart but I'll let it slide this time

I thought *that* is exactly what I'm looking for in a leading male too! Alec Baldwin hit the nail on the head! Or did he? I went back to my notepad and I scribbled one additional trait Baldwin had omitted.... "humor." Even James Bond is funny.

Masculinity, intelligence, sensitivity... and humor... that is what makes a great leading man. Alec Baldwin + Leyla

Some say humor goes hand-in-hand with intelligence, and whereas I believe that one cannot have a sense of humor without intelligence, I promise it does not go both ways. I also believe that sarcasm is lost only on the stupid... but let's move on!

Sufism In The Afternoon 

Recently, I quoted Rumi to my mom. I must've made a clarification, as if she might not fully understand the quote because she quickly gave me the hand (to use an antiquated expression). My mom said, "Oh, you're going to teach ME about sufism?" Then I remembered she grew up in Turkey, where she probably studied sufism from grade school through high school, and I only know about it from "Quote Cards" on Pinterest.

Khalil Gibran is one of my favorites
His poems remind me of the spiritual, love & mysticism of the sufis

While on my podcast discovery, I stumbled upon a Rumi quote audiobook. I thought positive Rumi quotes would be a good thing to listen to while working. But the narrator went too fast and I only listened to a few poems. One quote stayed with me. Once gain, I rewound and wrote the quote down.

You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that's already around your neck. - Rumi 

Damn it Rumi, you did it again! It's true. All I ever do is wander around looking for the diamond necklace around my neck. Basically, he's saying we search and search but our true riches are right under our noses. Similar to "the grass is always greener on the other side" but sexier.

It's so easy to get wrapped in the day-to-day baloney that life serves up. And the Rumi quote made me sit back and take a look at how awesome life can be... and so I wrote this blog post.

This is The Diamond Necklace Around My Neck

Leyla in Cape Town
My sense of adventure
And love of travel

Arsan family trip to South Africa
My incredibly odd yet amazing family
And our close-knit relationship

Leyla in Morocco
My lust for life
And the friends who join me, indulge me and tempt me

Leyla Arsan
My unintentional youthful looks
And intentional youthful demeanor

North Avenue Lakefront Trail
My good fortune to wake up to this every morning
And the wisdom to know how fortunate I am

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    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    Lollapalooza Day 2 - The Day of Crowd Surfing and Radiohead

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    Bad timing. Rain. Crowd surfing. Radiohead. The overall theme of Friday, day two of Lollapalooza.

    Crowd surfing in the afternoon and Radiohead at night. That is the gist of my recap from Lollapalooza on Friday (day two).  

    Friday Lolla Radiohead
    Radiohead at Lollapalooza on Friday
    Pics courtesy of my friend Adam G.

    Here’s how my Day 2 at Lolla went

    I missed Saint motel because I had a client call. I missed The Struts because it took forever to get to the park. Traffic was insane. Finally, there was the death march to the main entry gate to Lollapalooza - that took a while too. People were waiting upwards of two hours to enter the park. WTF.

    I arrived and had two bud light limes while waiting for friends to make it over to the park. It started to rain, so I headed to the Bud Light Toilets (sheltered under the trees near the Bud Light stage). Plus, they were the cleanest toilets in the park.

    Cherub on the Bud Light Stage - Friday, Lollapalooza
    I've moved on from Bud Light Lime to white wine

    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - Bud Light stage.
    I came across Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls while waiting out the rain near the toilets. They were playing on the Bud Light stage. I thought they were really good. I listened to four songs. Frank is a cute British guy. He was wearing a buttoned dress shirt and a skinny tie. And he stage dove / crowd surfed whilst wearing a tie. I was smitten, naturally.

    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
    Crowd surfing in a tie-guy

    How the evening of my Day 2 went 

    At some point, I stopped by Lettuce at the Petrillo band shell. I looked for friends. The band was not for me, so I left. I went to the Citi Lounge and charged my phone. Then I found Adam.

    Leyla Chicago Lollapalooza
    Leyla and Adam at Lollapalooza 2016
    Friends since freshman year of high school

    Cherub at Bud Light stage.
    Interesting and confusing because they’re dance-y with a rock vibe. They were enjoyable and the kids really liked it. We saw a boy wearing a kimono, he was a crazy dancer. Crazy dancer boy did this backwards skip, punching thing when his favorite song came on. He did this odd dance move all around the crowd.

    Cherub at Lolla - Kimono Dancer Boy
    Boy in Kimono during Cherub
    Lollapalooza 2016

    M83 at the Samsung stage.
    Very enjoyable. We decided to hang back by toilets - again. Not quite in the toilets, but up on a hill, above the crowd, where we could hear well. I was happy that we saw them.

    Lolla16 M83 Chicago
    M83 from the hill at Lollapalooza
    And some dude named red beard

    Wolf Alice at the Pepsi stage.
    Best show of the day winner! They were definitely beloved by their audience. The whole band was into it. The lead singer is talented and engaging. The music is great.

    But the best part of the show was the guy standing in front of me. He was loving every minute and recording the whole experience. AND... he was wearing an LA Guns t-shirt from the '88 tour. What?

    Lolla 2016 Wolf Alice - LA Guns T-shirt Guy
    LA Guns No Mercy Tour '88
    at Lollapalooza watching Wolf Alice

    I mean, the second best part of the Wolf Alice was that guy. The best part was the lead singer of Wolf Alice crowd surfing. And then catching a photo of her crowd surfing on my phone! And not seeing it until the next morning. An then tweeting it the following day at 9AM. And the band re-tweeting my photo of her crowd surf a few hours later.

    Miike Snow at Lakeshore stage.
    Only caught a few songs, which was too bad. I missed Miike Snow at Lollapalooza in 2012 and I really like Miike Snow. At least I did get to see a bit this year. Miike Snow (just wanted to drop it in one more time).

    Miike Snow Lollapalooza 2016

    Radiohead at the Samsung stage.
    I know everyone loves Radiohead and they were the top headliner. I hate admitting it but I'm not a fan. I can appreciate their talent but the music is not for me. Friday night of Lolla was my first Radiohead show. I wanted to keep an open mind and I was there for most of their show (i think). But I had to get out. I was having a physical reaction to their music.

    From what I heard, the fans liked the sirens, I mean songs. Radiohead was a hit with the olds... and the youngs.

    Radiohead Headliner Lollapalooza Friday
    Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2016

    Radiohead playing Leylapalooza 2016 in Chicago
    Radiohead at Leylapalooza 2016
    Leylapalooza is not impressed!

    And... doesn't anyone else think it's weird that Radiohead had their entire internet history wiped clean? They deleted social media accounts and a bunch of other crap (or so I heard). I mean, the only people who have their internet history scrubbed are porn stars (Sasha Gray), ponzi scheme dudes, and two of my ex-boyfriends.

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    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Lollapalooza 2016: Day 1 Recap of The Bands We Saw (Not Just My Outfit)

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    Recap of the Bands on Day 1 (Thursday) at Lollapalooza

    This is my (and my friend Adam's) recap and it isn't any less special on Day 3!

    Lollapalooza AlunaGeorge
    AlunaGeorge at The Pepsi Stage
    Winner of the best show I saw on Thursday!

    Lollapalooza Day 1 Bands
    This is NOT a blog post about my clothes or some other bullshit fashion blogger post. This is how it all went down. Commentary is mostly me with Adam mixed in. Most of the good pics are by Adam. Sorry for the lack of hyperlinks to the bands, in a hurry, will try to update it later. This is gibberish for your entertainment anyway. 

    City & Colour 
    Bud light stage. We arrived, it started to rain, we needed shelter from rain. We visited the Bait & Switch tent - AKA Toyota's fake contest booth - but then needed cover again. We found some trees to stand under when we heard City & Colour. We weren't trying to see him, more interested in staying dry, but the guy was really good. I only saw a corner of his eye on the jumbotron through the trees. But I liked what I saw. 

    Kurt Vile and The Violators 
    Petrillo stage. Rain stopped. He was very good. The banjo song was good. After the banjo song, that song was my favorite. I need to look it up but I think it was Walking on a Pretty Day. He kinda reminds me of Wilco. 

    Kurt Vile Chicago Lolla 2016
    Kurt Vile and I have the same Lolla hair

    Pepsi stage. This was a happy accident, I stumbled upon her when I was trying to charge my phone & use the port-a-potty. AlunaGeorge was my favorite of all the bands we saw on Thursday. An alluring vibe that pulled me away from the port-a-potty and then they kept us from going back to finish Kurt Vile's set. 

    AlunaGeorge at Lollapalooza
    Hey, can someone tell that girl to get off her phone?

    Samsung Stage (I think). Total accident, again. We were watching Schlomo at the BMI Stage and had to leave immediately. He was insulting me with his music. We wandered over to G-Easy and loved it. Great energy! Plus, he's skinny, which is always a bonus for me.

    The 1975
    Bud Light Stage. Blah. The first song was alright. The second song was meh. The third song made me want to commit crimes against humanity. And, it was TEENY BOPPER HELL. Note, in my last Lolla post I said how much I loved seeing families, well this was where I drew the line.

    The Arcs 
    Lakeshore Stage. Stayed for the whole show. I thought they were quite good... but then I saw that they had two drummers. I turned to Adam and said, "What band has two drummers?" With one eye open, he says "The Grateful Dead." My suspicions were confirmed, we were watching a "jam band". I didn't care if I was watching Dave Matthews Band circa 1992, I still liked their music. (P.S. if you couldn't pick up what I was laying down, let me spell it out for you - I hate Dave Matthews). 

    Perry's Stage. He was floating. I knew his first two songs. I liked his Trump f*ck you. He tricked the kiddies into putting their middle finger in the air (because apparently everyone at concerts does whatever the guy on stage tells them to do) and then he said F U to Trump. He was the first of two bands (so far) to say F U to Trump.

    Flosstradamus at Perry's Stage - see he's floating!  

    Last But Not Least... 

    Lana Del Rey 
    Bud Light Stage. We get to Lana Del Rey about 15 mins into her set and it's like the scene from the Wizard of Oz where they fall asleep in the poppy field - just kidding! People weren't sleeping. It was more like the dream sequence from the movie Grease - beauty school dropout. I'm still kidding!

    Seeing Lana Del Rey headline a music festival is like seeing a Buster Keaton film in 3D IMAX. There is no point!

    She sounded fantastic and played all her hits, actually, I think all her songs are hits. The black and white feed on the jumbotron certainly gave Lana Del Rey's performance a magical feel. Despite the magic, her music, along with her barely-there stage presence, is more conducive to smaller venues. Can you imagine seeing Lana Del Rey at The Green Mill? That would be a good show.

    Ultra violence sounded fantastic. She played Summertime Sadness and who doesn't have that going on right now? Totally appropriate. Video Games is always a huge crowd pleaser. And then she played an older song where she picked up a guitar. Adam said it looked like she was pretending to play guitar - but that was for the song that came after the older song I can't remember. Adam also said, "a Gibson Flying V was an interesting choice" for her to play. I dunno, too technical for me.

    I almost forgot, Lana Del Rey complained that it was hot. Stick to the air-conditioned clubs, Lana. 

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