Hanson 11/8/13 Pittsburgh, PA

Friday I had taken the day off of work because we had scored 3rd row tickets to the Pittsburgh show.  The Carnegie Music Hall Library is one of the best venues I have ever been to, ever.  It’s just a shame that it is 7 hours from me. (Fortunately, only about 3 hours from Maribeth).  Five of us were going to the show and we all packed in the car for the road trip. We ended up getting to the venue in time to catch the tail end of David Ryan Harris’ set and didn’t actually enter the theater until he was done.

The nice thing about this venue is that it was actually built for acoustics and performing without being amplified.  Hanson love this and usually do a completely acapella number with no mics.  Last time they did Change In My Life and it was absolutely incredible.  There was no doubt in my mind that they would be doing something like that again at this show.

The show started out almost the same as the night before – only with the addition of Penny and Me (a song I can do without – I think I ODed on it on the 2004 tour).  Even the acoustic set was going along the same way until they all were standing around mouthing things to each other.  I had thought Zac mouthed “Strong Enough To Break” to Taylor, but whatever it was, Taylor stuck his tongue out and said no.  They all walked to the front of the stage and Zac told us about how they liked the venue and were going to do something unamplified but we’d all have to be very quiet.  We all agreed and he said they were doing something by the “original 3 brothers band” and went in to an amazing rendition of The BeeGees “Too Much Heaven”. I freaked out (silently) in the beginning but then thought enough to get my camera recording.  For the most part the crowd stayed quiet but there was a bit of “ssshhh”ing going on and there was some phone that seemed to be talking as well – a guys voice. Not sure what that was all about.  And I’ve never heard so many phone notifications during a song in my life! 😉  But despite the minor interruptions the rendition was absolutely amazing – AND I got a new song – NEVER before performed to add to my list! (They’ve since added it into the set at the shows afterwards so I’m not feeling as special as I was – but all the other shows got it with a microphone!)

After that it was time for Isaac’s solo and he joked about how it would be hard to follow that.  He did For You Love… surprise surprise. (I’m 4 out of 6 with that as his solo).  Zac came out and did Go on the guitar and Taylor did Lost Without You – which was another rare one that they’ve done less than a handful of times.

We got the Happy Together cover as well – which Maribeth was excited about (we have been hounding them about covers every time we see them!) but I had previously seen in Vegas. (Still a great cover though!) And the encore was Already Home which was another rare one.

Overall this show was WAY better than Philly and I’m sure we will be trying very, very hard to go to shows in Pittsburgh from now on… Cmon shows on the weekends boys!


Fired Up
Ive Got Soul
Wheres The Love
Scream and Be Free
Penny and Me
This Time Around

On and On
With You In Your Dreams
Too Much Heaven (BeeGees cover)
For Your Love (Isaac solo)
Go (Zac solo)
Lost Without You (Taylor solo)

Crazy Beautiful
Happy Together
Waiting For This
You Can’t Stop Us
Tragic Symphony
Thinking Bout Somethin
Get The Girl Back
Minute Without You
In The City

Already Home

Book Review: The Leonard Bernstein Letters

leonardThis book is full of letters sent to and sent by Leonard Bernstein.  It’s kind of weird to be reading it but amazing that they were able to find in some cases the to letter and the from letter so you could really follow what was going on in the conversation.  Many of these letters were never before published and it had to have been a huge undertaking to read through them all, decide which ones to publish and how to group them together.  It’s definitely interesting to get such personal insight into a person’s life though!

I received a free e-copy in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician—a brilliant conductor who attained international super-star status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), film scores (On the Waterfront), and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this book is the first to present a wide-ranging selection of his correspondence. The letters have been selected for the insights they offer into the passions of his life—musical and personal—and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities.     Bernstein’s letters tell much about this complex man, his collaborators, his mentors, and others close to him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, among others, Aaron Copland,Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph Green, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family members including his wife Felicia and his sister Shirley. The majority of these letters have never been published before. They have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the breadth of Bernstein’s musical interests, his constant struggle to find the time to compose, his turbulent and complex sexuality, his political activities, and his endless capacity for hard work. Beyond all this, these writings provide a glimpse of the man behind the legends: his humanity, warmth, volatility, intellectual brilliance, wonderful eye for descriptive detail, and humor.

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