Today is Eddie Vedder Day!

I have declared today Eddie Vedder day because I like to declare things and because every day should be Eddie Vedder day.

When I was 13, I had a poster on my bedroom wall of Vedder pulling up his shirt while singing. I was a little pervert, I guess.

Look I found it!

But more than a man with killer abs, Ed Ved has been a constant source, or voice, of comfort and inspiration throughout the years. He’s an insanely talented, passionate musician, and he has that silky but towering baritone that can tear you apart one minute and melt you like butta the next.

I took the above picture at Virgin Fest 2009 in Calgary where I got to be up close and personal with the band from the press pit. As I prepare to see Mr. Vedder this evening at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, where he’s playing the second of two sold-out shows in support of his album Ukulele Songs, I’m telling the 13-year-old girl inside of me to calm down. This concert will be one of contained passion – just Ed and his uke, singing songs, sotto voce.

While the soulful crooner may no longer occupy any scandalous wall space in my bedroom, he’s made an indelible impression on my life. I sincerely thank him for what his music has given to me and I can’t wait to spend tonight singing along with him.

Here’s a video of Eddie singing Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town – one of the first songs that started off my lifelong love affair with Pearl Jam.

Ready? 1, 2, 3, 4, 2, 3 . . .

Weighty Ghost

I love this song. Every time I hear it, it stays with me for days. It’s haunting but not melodramatic. Light but not kitschy. It’s simple, melodic, beautiful. Just right.

Wintersleep is a Canadian band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. They’ve won Junos and have released four albums. The latest is New Interiors, and it’s brilliant. Weighty Ghost is from the 2007 release Welcome to the Night Sky, also a sweet album.

I saw Wintersleep at Virgin Fest in Calgary last summer. They played right before Pearl Jam – and did a great job. When Pearl Jam came out, Eddie Vedder made a point of saying he is a big fan of Wintersleep.

Enjoy!

Pearl Jam rocks on SNL and. . . I heart Jude Law?

Since my favourite band, Pearl Jam, was on SNL this week, I stayed home to watch. The first song they performed was Just Breathe, which is not a song people expect when they think of Pearl Jam. It’s soft, soulful and romantic. Eddie Vedder’s brooding, famous baritone has acquired a relaxed thoughtfulness – I swear, that man could sing just about anything and I would swoon. Unthought Known was the second song they played later in the night. Another good one, more rock ‘n roll than the first, but like the first, also off their latest album Backspacer. It’s a touching thing to watch a band you’ve loved for almost two decades play so well – especially when the musical act at Jude Law’s last SNL hosting gig was Ashlee Simpson. Even writing her name in the same paragraph as Pearl Jam just feels wrong. Eddie and co. (including their latest member, organist Boom Casper, from Hawaii) even appeared in one of the skits, and it was refreshing to see that they don’t take themselves too seriously. I fully expected Pearl Jam to be great – and they were. What I didn’t expect, however, was for Jude Law to win me over, because before last night, I wasn’t a fan.

Jude, you sly fox, you. He was smooth. He was like butta. Law, and his clever charm, had me eating our of his hand by the end of the opening monologue. He tackled a few funny characters, let his guard down, and showed what a skilled comedic actor he really is. I most enjoyed him as the Russian ballet dancer.

The show was so good, I didn’t regret for a second sacrificing my Saturday night to watch it. The surprise appearance by Jerry Seinfeld on Weekend Update was really funny, even if it was a desperate attempt on Seinfeld’s part to get people to watch his new show the Marriage Ref, which, like SNL, is also conveniently on NBC. Politics, politics. Seinfeld and Seth Meyers were hilarious making fun of that weird politician Eric Massa who thinks adult tickling is ok in the workplace.

It’s offical, for the first time, I have a crush on Jude Law. . . I’m a sucker for the funny. Andy Samberg’s still my favorite though.