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GOODBYE MY SWEET CHEVY MALIBU

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Yesterday morning, I slammed into the back of a DHL Delivery Van and totaled my car of 10 years. I was at fault, I’m pretty shaken up about it,  and my neck and back are a little sore, but that’s not what this post is about.  It is about all the sweet, funny, not so funny, and sad moments I experienced in that Chevy Malibu.  I literally teared up today because I didn’t even get to say goodbye to her, instead my “knight in shining armor” went to the body shop today in my stead to gather up all of my personal belongings (mostly junk) that I had left behind before they do to her whatever it is they do to irreparable vehicles (which I honestly don’t want to think about).

10 years is a long time to have a car.  She wasn’t much in the end, but she was mine.  Not sure if it was the fact that I’m happy to just have something simple that gets me around, or the fact that she had been paid off since day 1, but I have a feeling it has more to do with the fact that a decade finally came to an end.  My “Malibu Era”.

The Malibu Era saw 180,000 miles of growing up, self-discovery, shitty relationships, school, gigs, and stretches of Florida from Miami to Orlando on more occasions than I can even remember.  Although she held up as long as she did, she did not run without the occasional trouble, and more recently the troubles started to become more prominent.  The blinker worked sporadically, the AC had been fixed at least 3 times, and she had strange electrical problems I liked to attribute to “gremlins”.  Still, even so, I’m a sentimental, in fact it’s probably for the best it happened this way – I always said I would drive her until she would no longer run – I would step out and say, “Thank you” and simply walk away.

So goodbye sweet Malibu.  Thank you for being so reliable (for the most part) for so long, Thank you for all the memories good and bad, from the stormy drives to Miami, the steamy make-outs, the quick changes, the multiple flat tires, the 4 times you were towed, the 98 degree summers  with no AC, the random animals we braked for and encountered (to include peacocks, chickens, and that awful dead rat I discovered in your back seat during our South Beach summer.  Thank you.

Most importantly, thank you for getting me where I needed to go.

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sexy miami v. cheesey orlando – good times.

This past week I was in Miami – Miami Beach – South Beach to be most specific.  If you’ve been a reader for the past two years you would know that I have a very special place in my heart for that city.  On this particular trip I managed to get in quite a bit of the typical touristy tripe.  Eating on Lincoln Road:  Sushi Samba (although I still like Doraku better), Serendipity 3 (wondering where 2 is…but the food was unreal and the cake martini, although tasty, should have been chocolate) and Polar Burger Bar (where I ended up eating a salad).  I was poolside at the Flaming North Tower Pool and the famous Clevelander Hotel, had alcoholic slurpees at Wet Willie’s and hit Saturday night at Bamboo – it was packed which .  


I also had a spontaneous photo shoot with my friend Aris – Photographer – http://www.fashify.com/ and I attended the Samsung Galaxy S III launch party at the Ice Palace – I met some very cool people, and free booze and food was provided.


On the last day, I had an afternoon to kill on my own so I decided to go to a movie by myself.  Not something I normally do, or anything I’ve ever done now that I think of it… but I figured it was raining and it might be nice to get lost in a film.  After staring at the showtimes for a good 10 minutes I finally decided on Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE (an awesomely animated flick)  I purchased my 2:45pm matinée ticket + 3D shades and proceeded upstairs to get a $2 small popcorn and a MASSIVE ‘small’ Coke zero before grabbing a seat.  As I looked around for the theater number – I noticed a guy wandering around with a confused look on his face, I didn’t think much of it and went to theater 8, as designated on my ticket stub – but when I got to theater 8, it said “ICE AGE” was playing.  I looked at my ticket again, and realized my ticket also read “ICE AGE”  – wtf?

OKAY … I went down to customer service and as I approached I noticed the same guy getting his ticket swapped out.  I informed the Customer Service lady I wanted to see Brave, and she said, “no problem.”  I then asked her if the same thing happened to that guy.  YES.  it had.  weird.  As I walked into the correct theater the “guy”  who we can refer to as Dave caught me at the door and said,  “I’m sorry, I have to ask – did you have the wrong ticket too?”  I told him yes and the lady told me his had been incorrect.  As we entered the theater during the previews – he asked politely if I would like to join him in watching the film – since it was coincidental that our tickets were wrong etc… and because we were both alone.  I figured why not.  So I watched BRAVE, a movie about fate and destiny next to a complete stranger named Dave, who shared some laughs and some of his sour patch kids with me – who I probably would have never known existed.  Turns out Dave works at Sushi Samba – so if you’re in South Beach – go say “hi” to him for me and tell him I told you to do so.  🙂

I got back to Orlando just in time to attend the Orlando Weekly Annual “Best Of”  bash at The Beacham.  I was voted 2nd Best Pop Act in Orlando by Readers (THANK YOU ORLANDO!!!! – I am So HONORED, and surprised!) I walked up to the event and passed Tommy Mot on the way in – He informed me that is was packed inside, and that it was.  I had a great time hanging out with Kevin Collier and Brandon Zeiders of Smile For Camera.  And I ran into some familiar faces I hadn’t seen in a while including Chris Cooper and Mr. Robert Johnson.  The night was finished up at IBar for Mac & Cheese Wednesdays where I danced like an idiot to Miami Sound Machine’s Conga.  Good times.

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the last 6 months in bullet points… and yes blondes definitely have more FUN.

 
so.  I really dropped the ball on this blog.  Which makes me feel pretty crap.  And in order to feel better about myself, I’m going to do something I should’ve done months ago.  Yep – I’m reinstating Daley Downtown.  I know you all were on the edge of your seat awaiting for this post.  Le sigh.  In all honesty I’m excited about blogging again.  I even updated my ‘theme’ and header (long over due).  In any case as much as I’d love to get you up to speed on my life in detail, I’m just going to give you a few highlights and you can fill in the rest with your overactive imaginations – you know who you are.  :\

Since my last post in December 2011 I…

  • became a blonde which automatically makes me more fun.
  • fell in and out of “Love / Like” several times.  story of my life.
  • attended WMC 2012 in Miami met a ton of amazing people including Dev, Rita Ora, Datsik and various other major players in the Industry.
  • got kissed on the cheek by Mickey Avalon (still not sure how I feel about it)
  • opened for YACT at Plaza Live, and got walked in on while putting on nylons backstage, by a member of Onuinu (who will remain unidentified, but there are only 2 of them so you have 50% chance of guessing right)  (nuff said).
  • collaborated with several EDM producers as a Featured Artist on a couple of tracks
    that were released in JUNE on Beatport and SoundCloud

  • wrote several songs that are still in the works and have yet to be released.
  • wrote a song titled, “Hi (A Song For You)”  a couple days ago… you can watch my live home recording on youtube.
  • overhauled my website:  http://brittdaley.com
  • and started moonlighting SOLO as a DJ combining LIVE Vocals with DJ set – Playing my first official set at Ignition at Firestone Live 6/28/12 (Mainstage Baby)

bing. bam. boom.  I’m done – no wait I’m not done yet….  wha ha ha. 😉

Lot’s of things in the works, up in the air…

   

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‘spreading the love’… then stomping on it: music is easier.

I had an amazing time at WMC!  The weather was perfect – and the networking was tight.  The highlights are as follows: 1. Attending the 26th Annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs)  – DEV & The Cataracts Performed (best bit for sure). 2. Sneaking in a sushi date with my sis.  3. Catching up with my college professor/adviser, Rey Sanchez during the Remixing Panel. 4. Meeting Robin S. vocalist behind the 90’s tune “You’ve got to show me love”. 5. And of course taking in that beautiful South Florida sunny sunshine … with SPF 50 of course.  😉

My BackBooth gig was also amazing because, despite it being a Tuesday night show, the turnout was pretty, pretty good.  HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who came out to support!  Additionally Jacuzzihidive was a ‘fantasmagasmic’ opener with great energy and catchy tunes.  Check them out http://www.jacuzzihidive.com – your ears will thank you.

Yea last week was pretty good.  Things have been pretty good overall, my new EP project is moving along nicely – all songs are in the production phase, Dog Powered Robot rehearsals are well under way with a highly entertaining script, I finished writing the extended version of the DPR theme song, I ‘spread love’ by passing out positive affirmations at the Winter Park Art Festival, had a super cool Sunday FUNday attempting to ride a motorized skateboard and to top it all off I’m surrounded by people who love me.

One would think, “That sounds GREAT Britt, Lucky girl, go get ‘em!”  Well maybe not exactly that – but something along those lines… right?  Well then, WTF is my problem?  What on Earth is making me act like such a brat… complete ‘A-hole’ to the people who care about me the most?  Is it because I think I can, and simply get away with it? Maybe I don’t want to let anyone in or  get to close to me? That’s right, stay where you are, at an arm’s length please… so I can be comfortable.

As I type this I am realizing how tragic and horrible that sounds.  Especially regarding my behavior last night, which was not cute and quite repulsive at best.  I’m not going to go into the awful details because they don’t deserve to be memorialized on the World Wide Web

But I will say this…

Out of a list of lame excuses, (none of them good enough to stand alone) including fear, insecure feelings, and self-sabotaging strategies, I managed to hurt someone I care about.  This person has put a lot on the line emotionally and has been completely open and vulnerable with me.  And here I am stomping out the chance of having something that is truly meaningful and real.

I honestly don’t know if that person will read this, I don’t know what’s going to happen.  I don’t know if I am even ready for this, and judging by my episode last night I would say, I most certainly am not.  But then again, are we ever truly ready when lovely, unexpected, people sneak up on us?

If you are reading this, I am so sorry, and sorry doesn’t even begin to cut it. You don’t deserve this kind of treatment, and honestly you deserve so much more… more than I am giving.   I certainly don’t have it together, and I am confused as hell, but you were right.  I can’t let go that easily – and I would like it if you stuck around.  If you don’t want to, I’ll understand.  It’s like you said, you’ll be fine, and I’ll be fine… but ‘fine’ is bleh.

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a v-day kiss… of sorts, DP Army, and a slide into my own march madness… boy am i a busy girl.

Dear Readers… I haven’t forgotten about you… I’m actually embarrassed that it’s almost been a month since my last post.  FAIL.  But holy wowzers have I been a busy girl.  In fact nothing has slowed down, and for that I’m thankful.  🙂

Let’s start with ‘Single Awareness Day’ or Valentine’s Day whichever you prefer (yes I know it’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day but I must recap). I participated in a performance art concept piece, Kiss Tones, by Brian Feldman.  It was a 2 hour gimmick in which I performed my own original songs, and then upon request and a small $10 fee, I also performed some “evergreens”  (standards) mainly Jazz/ Musical \Theater – esque into the mouths of observers/participants.  Now, you’re probably thinking, WTF?  It wasn’t really kissing it literally was singing into their open mouths, but only after a mouth inspection by Brian Feldman, and a 30 second Scope swishing.  This was a precaution that I was very fond of.  You can watch a clip from the performance HERE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w0Ll7rfoZ4).  I’m sure will find it strange and adorably quirky.  Other than publicly sabotaging my career I was asked out on a date by one of the observers, Scott – and of course being the sweet heart I am, I obliged and we’ll simply leave it at that for now… 😉

Ok what else?… Ah yes I did yet another photo shoot with my girl and awesome photographer Rima Nassar!  We ran around Downtown Orlando during the last couple hours of daylight, and after 5 locations, and 5 outfits we called it a wrap.  I can’t wait to see them and from the few shots Rima showed me on her camera, they were lookin’ pretty, pretty good.

In other news, the new DOG POWERED ROBOT production, Dog Powered Robot and the History of the Future, is well underway.  The DPR team or ‘DP Army’ has been working on creating new bots, merch, and video teasers.  It has been one hell of a ride.  We had an entire Saturday dedicated to the creation of new DPR merch for the Thursday, March 10th DOG POWERED ROBOT Fringe Show Fundraiser at Blank Space (which is this week, woop woop!), Thomas Thorspeken even came out to capture the day in his sketch book.  The team made limited edition T-Shirts, buttons, and posters which will be available for purchase.  We also had our first ever cast read through, and hit the Fab Fringe night to promote, promote, promote.  Additionally, Josh Geoghagen (DPR script writer) and I had an interview with Jeremy Seghers, host of Out And About on WPRK 91.5 this past Friday, in which we discussed the creation of Dog Powered Robot and the upcoming Fringe Show this MAY.  You can catch the entire interview HERE (http://outandabout.podbean.com/2011/03/04/dog-powered-robot/).

Also, If you haven’t seen the promo video teasers yet, you simply must check them out.  Click on the following links to view them, I promise you will not regret it.

Other than that I’ve been working feverishly on my Sophomore release coming at you this SPRING 2011 – AWE YEA – I can’t wait! I have 4 of 5 songs finished and Chris has been working his producer magic on them.  I am literally finishing the lyrics/melody to the last song of the project, titled, Out of Control (and it’s going to be sick, sick, sick.)  I’m feeling really good about this new EP, mainly because I think I have a much better sense of what it is I want to do musically and artistically.  This year has been a tremendous year of growth for me.  I am also excited to announce that I will be performing at least 2 new songs at my next show, TUES, MARCH 15 at BackBooth.  It will be an entirely Electronic/Indie/Pop show, with a killer opening act, Jacuzzihidive (Las Vegas).  I think this show will definitely take things to the next level for me.  If you’re local come out, this coming TUES!  I promise NOT to disappoint!  Only sweet sounds and “ear-gasms”!

I’ve been super busy,  but as they say, “Work hard, play hard”  – and I managed to get in a little playtime over the past few weeks including a game of croquet at Lake Eola with my friends of the Orlando Broken Hearts Croquet Club, a birthday bash at Stardust Video & Coffee, and a night of dancing er… geeking it up at Eye Spy and Midnight Mass at BackBooth.

Well Dahlings, that’s all for now.  I’m currently in SOUTH BEACH attending WMC …. and on that note…. I’m peacing out and going for a mojito.  😉

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january =ing INSANE month, but i still stopped to enjoy ‘The Pauses’.

I NEED A HAIRCUT

I would like to start off by saying, EEEEEEEEEEEE GAH!  My schedule this month has become insane!  All of it is wondrous, so I’m not complaining at all, but the craziness of it literally just hit me today as I was going over my mental list, which by the way also includes me getting a haircut… my bangs are driving me bananas.

The first two weeks of 2011 went by incredibly fast and these last two, I guarantee, will probably blow by as well.  “What’s coming up?”  you ask… well I’ll tell ya! With bullet points!

  • Playing a show tomorrow night @Tatáme Sake Lounge, SAT JAN 15 / 9pm
  • Releasing brand NEW SINGLE, Never Done This, week of JAN 17
  • Filming a live performance at FULL SAIL with the BAND on JAN 20
  • Audition in MIAMI JAN 21
  • Interview with ORLANDO LIVE @ City Arts Factory on JAN 27
  • Shoot with Photographer Mark Harmon on JAN 29 …Location TBD
  • And oh yea… the bangs are getting cleaned up on Monday 😉

And on top of all that … I’ll be in the studio writing/recording my sophomore release, and working on several Music Video concepts to be filmed this Spring.

Phew!!!!!

These past couple of weeks have been relatively laid back in comparison to what is to come, but I have been plugging away in the studio… and let me tell you … I am GRINNING EAR TO EAR over these new tracks.  “NEVER DONE THIS”, which was written in just two hours during the Taxi Road Rally with Sergio Ruelas, Machael Hazani, and Duff Watrous, is hands down my new favorite.  Chris and I started  working on the recording in December and it sounds SICK.  I will get the final Mixed/Mastered version on Sunday – and then I’m gonna let it fly!

The other tune we are working on is a fun indie dance tune, titled, “ONE AND ONLY”, nothing serious about it,  just a little something to replace a frown with a big grin. 😀  I keep waiting for Chris to roll his eyes at me in the studio… but he seems to be enjoying himself despite the challenge of getting his head into it. Goal is to have the entire sophomore project released by March!

Other than studio time, rehearsals, and day job stuff – I managed to catch a cold (I’m all better now) and catch The Pauses at Backbooth.  They are a local indie rock band that  delivers some sweet tunes against a colorful, homey backdrop complete with a  “window”  with a brightly animated green grass and blue sky landscape with school buses, bunnies and other random puppet passer-byers.

It was their CD release party and they seemed to bring out a fairly “plugged-in” group of locals, many of whom I’ve met over the past year. It was a good night, lots of laughs and lots of familiar faces.  In fact the lead singer of The Pauses looked very familiar to me – so after the show I stalked her out on Facebook and sent her a message.  It turns out that Tierney Tough and I used to work at the same cafe years ago (small freaking world).  Giving me yet one more good reason to have attended that night.

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FUN in Miami, two EPIC shows, my 1st official EP release… not yet a rock star, but i can pretend.

There I was last night contemplating whether or not to get started on this post about my weekly … uh… ten day recap, when I got the 7:00pm call from John Paul with the news that I was anxiously awaiting. Hell YES! We were going to see MASSIVE ATTACK with Thievery Corporation at Hard Rock Live. I don’t know how these random opportunities keep happening to me, but I’ve stopped questioning it – and instead I roll with it… and speaking of rolling… We rolled up last night at about 8:45 in the Jag (which I had been wanting to ride in for some time now – and until recently it was in the shop) We were so COOL that we kept the windows down despite the 91 degree heat. I know it’s Florida, but what gives? Wasn’t it a cool 65 less than a week ago? As we approached the will call line after our 100 mile commute on foot from the parking garage to the venue, I immediately recognized a tall thin man standing near the entrance. It was Gary, from KUSH – I love that place, and I love Gary – such a sweetheart, but I may have embarrassed him just a bit when I yelled out towards JP, “HEY, THIS IS GARY, HE OWNS KUSH!”- and now I recently I embarrassed myself. :\ The show was brilliant and I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. Soooooooo Goooooood – I am now adding Thievery Corporation to my list of “LIKES”. I may not be a rock star, yet – but having a week like this and I can almost pretend…. I don’t think I’ve ever hit two concerts on back to back days – seems kind of extravagant.  Tuesday night I saw Phoenix at the House of Blues – and they blew me away. I knew they were going to be excellent but they were better. Listening to them live was like indulging in a glass of Dom Pérignon Rosé accompanied by a chocolate truffle soufflé – after all, they are French. Over the past weekend I went on a mini excursion to my beloved MIAMI – to hang with my beautiful and unfairly tall sister – Emily, catch a Hurricanes game, and pick up some strange (kidding – just wanted to see if you were paying attention.) It was great to finally hang with my little sis and her girlfriends – and I had been meaning to see her ‘non campus-dorm room’ digs for a while. She has a pretty sweet place – despite her complaints about the management and long list of “a la carte” add on fees – but it’s really nice… better than most of the apartments I had during my college days with a couple of exceptions. Her roommate Liv is a trip – and she holds the record for best quotes of the weekend. We tailgated with a proper setup minus a grill – subs, chips, salsa, 7 layer bean dip, and beer with koozies to boot. We drank and ate and were very merry mingling with Miami fans and students alike. We decided it would be a good idea to go into the stadium about 20 minutes before the game in order to get decent seats – except just as we began to pack everything up it began to rain – so instead we jumped into the car with some of the various food items we were about to pack up, and a very serious Liz shouted, “WAIT, but wait…. Did anyone bring in the dip?” At first I laughed, but then my next thought was – wait how long do you think we are going to be in here? Thankfully, not long.  The downpour was typical – heavy and quick, and it wasn’t long before we were stadium side trying to find the appropriate gate.  Apparently we were just one over from the correct student entrance – but rather than turning around – we took the “scenic route” and we kept walking forward – ultimately walking around the entire perimeter. FAIL. The girls were a little miserable after that, and well it was pretty dumb, but I tried to stay up beat – on the bright side, we did need the exercise after all that beer and starch. Tailgating is fun – but we pre-gamed a little too hard… this was obvious because we were the only four girls quietly sitting while everyone else was standing and rowdy. While we were sitting down being lame, and my sis was distracted trying to avoid being seen by an ex-boyfriend, I had my own little distraction. Sitting in the club seats up one level and about 4 rows behind us was a very good-looking guy. I turned to Emily, Liv, and Claire and said, “See that guy up there, he is most definitely the hottest guy I’ve seen here.” Now that normally wouldn’t probably be saying much considering the fact that we were surrounded by frat guys (whom I find utterly grotesque) but this guy actually was SUPA CUTE, and of course I had to look back a few times. As I turned around one last time to spot the “eye candy”, his friend smiled at me and motioned for me to come over.  I turned to Emily, smiled, and said I’ll be right back. He must have thought I was cute too because he gave me two tickets for the club level. I tried to convince Emily to go with me – but she passed. I went up to the club level which is pretty nice by-the-way, and chatted with the two guys for a bit before the girls wanted to jump bail to avoid mad traffic. They were both in their early 30s – and the conversation started off respectable, but after the cute guy’s response, “you should go as a playboy bunny” after asking me about my Halloween plans, I realized that men never really change, and perhaps I would have had more stimulating conversation with one of the college boys. Pfft. After we got back from the game I met up with my Dan and his buddy Mike in the old stomping grounds of Coconut Grove. They were watching a fight at Sandbar, a local staple that hadn’t changed a bit from the days when I used to dance on their tables. Mike was so surprised to see me – he was actually shocked, apparently Dan forgot to mention I was coming – it happens, and it was kind of amusing because he had been drinking for a while and my explanation wasn’t exactly clicking for him. We hung out for a few drinks and I actually stood there with the boys watching a man’s face get beaten in to a pulp on national television before we left to make our way to their buddy Ryan’s place. I’ve met Ryan a few times – so it was no big deal to pop by – what WAS strange when we arrived at his place was that Ryan was not there, and instead there were two 14 year-old boys, and two sleeping 60 year-old men…. I guess they were family, or family friends. Mike and I played beer pong with the boys until Ryan and his entourage arrived from drinking post Miami game. Don’t worry! The little boys had water filled in their cups. On Sunday, Emily and I went for sushi and it was so good I’m still thinking about it.  We hit a newish place called RA Sushi  in South Miami – it had a very posh interior and decent outdoor seating.  The menu had some very interesting  starters and their specialty sushi had an unusual twist with funky names like “Hot Mess” and “RA Lollipop”.  We split the New Zealand Roll with mango and kiwi and the Spicey Rice Crispy Treats – and it was so delicious – I even took a picture – those rolls look so sexy.

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