Blue Man Group

I recently had the opportunity to see Blue Man Group at the Plaza Theater in El Paso. It was a fantastic show, truly one-of-a-kind, full of comedy and PVC music. The light show was neat, especially the balls tossed into the audience with lights that matched the music, as well as the instances where the audience was fully illuminated in bright white light. I slightly regret not getting a “Shake That Thang” t-shirt from the merchandise stand.

The Plaza Theater is very nice; the recent renovation was very tastefully done and the seats were very comfortable.

Best musical performance I’ve ever attended. The band was engaging, the crowd stayed engaged, the light show was great, and the sound, oh the sound—unlike most concerts, 1) the instruments didn’t drown out the vocals, and 2) the volume wasn’t ridiculously high.

And man, their cover of the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams is fantastic.


In the world of musicians, there are those who stand by the traditional form of their instrument and those who have gone digital. I am a recreational musician, and have preferred acoustic pianos up to now; I’m about to embark on a digital adventure.

When I was about 10, my family purchased our first piano, a Henry F. Miller upright. We bought it from some grandparents who had acquired it for their granddaughter as she jumped from interest to interest (horseback riding, then piano, then ballet). I used it through seven more years of private lessons, then played on it once in a while just so my skills wouldn’t vanish. It’s been in three different homes under our ownership, and now it’s time for it to find a new home without us.

Recently, I decided to search for a digital piano. Digital pianos have weighted keys to mimic the feel of acoustic pianos, as well as pedals to mimic its abilities (such as damper/sustain). They have added benefits such as headphone jacks (so I can play without disturbing others – or more realistically, without being disturbed by others), the ability to record as you play, and never needing tuned.

While digital pianos like the Yamaha Clavinova line are designed to sound as good and to be as responsive as a grand piano, I am a bit nervous that the change will be negative. Hopefully my new digital piano can prove me wrong.