One of my favorite nonprofits, Natural High is doing a great photo contest where you can win 250 dollars in CASH! Yes, that's right! This season is all about giving back and helping those who are in need.
"In the U.S., the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is saturated with sentiments of thankfulness and giving; thankfulness for what you have, and giving to those less fortunate. Whether it's tossing your pocket change into that red Salvation Army can or donating canned veggies to the food bank, the holiday season highlights the noble, selfless act of giving."
Natural High and I are pledging #LiveToGive this holiday season. You can join us in this wonderful pledge by coming up with your own way to give back or I've listed some helpful ways below.
- Go through your pantry and pick out the stuff you're not using and donate to the food bank. Or pick up some extra canned and boxed goods while you're out shopping and donate.
- Give back by putting some extra change into the red kettles you see at the mall or grocery stores.
- Donate a new toy to a toy drive
- Grab a group of friends and help serve food to those without.
- Help out at your local food pantry and pack boxes to be delivered to families.
- Local churches are asking for people to help give gifts to children’s over seas. Operation Christmas Child is a great organization to help out with.
- Give Blood
- Pay It Forward and purchase the person behind yours coffee.
- Do Some random acts of kindness
- Volunteer at a children’s hospital
- Donate your hair to locks of love
While you're out giving back, make sure to snap a photo of you in action this holiday season and tag it on Instagram with #LiveToGive and #LIVENATURALHIGH and you can win some AWESOME prizes throughout the month of December/ Photos will be posted on Natural High's Facebook for public voting and a chance to win- including a $250 DOLLAR CASH GRAND PRIZE. It's simple- most votes win.
Get out there and get your good on #LiveToGive. xx Gabbie
I thought I would blog about something that has been on my heart and mind for a while. Originality vs Imitation.
There are so many amazing and creative people who are working none stop to dream up a master piece in their everyday. Those are some of my favorite people, the ones who never stop dreaming and put every last drop into making something authentic. Unfortunately they are hard to find now a days, because everything has become some form of imitation. You never know who created something first, because in a heart beat there's something similar. Everybody want’s a career similar to "Insert Star Here". Every record label is looking for the next "Lady Gaga or Katy Perry". Every CEO thinks they're " Donald Trump". I pride myself on my originality and creativeness to make anything unique. Of course it would be cool to have as much of success as those names I listed above, but I want to do it in a unique way. This blog is my biggest work of art and sometimes I look back at my earlier post and can't believe how I was writing about something before it became successful (Hello Leather Pants + New Politics).
"Gabbie Imitation is the highest form of flattery". To me it isn't and in fact it truly makes me sick to my stomach. Why couldn't someone think of something else to cover or say or write or dream up. Why does it have to be similar to something someone else created and spent days, months working on? If your friend is doing something cool, don't try and do the same thing. Don't do the SAME things as the people you're surrounded by. I will never understand the girl or boy who says "You're friends with them so i have to be too" or the friend who uses the same platform. You need your space and having someone do everything you're doing will drive you crazy. I'm currently in that mode.
Everything I represent is for this and the next generation. I don't work with companies I don't believe in, I won't write about bands who I don't feel have a spark. This is 100 percent me, real, honest and authentic.
Here's some food for thought:
- Let's start being creative and original in our every day lives.
- You are the only form of you, so make it grand
- Inspire... Encourage... Speak out
- Be you. Be Patient. Be Different
- Stop sharing everything on social networks (You don't need to brag about the things you're doing)
- Enjoy life and think about what you bring to it
P.S I Got A Website Gabbiebrown.com (It would be thoughtful if you checked it out)
It feels like it was last week that I was writting a thankful blog for Thanksgiving 2012. Am I the only person who thinks this year has just zoomed past me like a Nascar driver? All throughout this year I have been writting in a journal I carry with me about all the little and big moments I'm thankful. Which is great because it's happening year round and I feel like you should be thankful for everything in your life. 2013 was incredible and filled with really high moments and really low moments. New hair color, new state i'm living in, new job, new friends, and so much more. So here are 5 things I'm thankful and will be celebrating around the tabel with turkey and stuffing...drooling.
Warped Tour (Can I Get An Amen?): I can't believe I got to cross off touring with Vans Warped Tour on my bucket list. Last year I was covering and interviewing the tour for BUZZNET and this year I'm on it, WHAT? I feel like I learned so much from the people I was surronded around and also about myself. I will never take for granted sweating in the heat, peace tea, Kia, dancing to Wallpaper and so much more. I'm thankful I could make my dream a reality and hope to be back out next year! Fall in love with your job and not boys ;)
Music Chats (Yep, It Makes The List Again): This year has been an emotional roller coaster ride with this topic. You might of notice I don't interview for BUZZNET anymore which is sad, because that's how I'm known on here and by a lot of people. I miss doing interviews on my page (maybe next year we can start it back up). With that, the lovely folks over on Stage Right Secrets picked me up and asked me to start interviewing for them. I'm incredibly thankful to continue to be able to do what i love and what people know me as, the funny, spunky interviewer who gets the exclusive from your favorite bands.
BUZZNET: Gosh, I love you guys. This year I tried to mix up my blog selections and get more personal since I wasn't interviewing. I wrote a ton about my life and the heart breaks that happened. The good, the bad and the ugly as I call it. The support I got from them made me so full and warm inside because I got so many emails, texts and tweets and messages about how much you relate. Yes, I give my email out, because I like talking with you guys. I feel like if one person can relate and see you're going to be okay, then it's perfectly fine to put all my business out in the open. This will always be my home and I can't belive this little blog is turning 5 years old in 2014. WOW. So so so thankful for the chance to be a buzzmaker even though at times I may not get the same opportunities as the higher up and famous buzzmakers, I'm still so thankful that I'm supported by you guys. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Penny Lane: Almost Famous has become a huge part of my life and I'm being even in the same sentence as her by people is crazy. The hippie music lover band aid has taught me so much and has even inspired a bunch of blog post on here! Did you guys know that blogging about her and the movie has become a trend in the blogging world? I'm taking full credit for it (hahaha). I hope 2014 brings me lots of chances to rewatch the movie and continue to be inspired by Miss Penny Lane.
Family and Friends: What would I do without my support system? This year I've been working on staying in touch with people better and sometimes things fall apart and sometimes they fall into place. I always say "Even though you're not friends, dating, boyfriend, or in touch with some people anymore, you should always support them". I've continued to support those who have made a dramatic exit from my life (Hey, I see you and you remembered my birthday). I also can't put into words how thankful I'am for the support that they give me and encourage me to go far in life. They always have my best foot forward in life and always looking out for me. UGH IT MAKES ME HAPPY.
I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and be greatful for the little blessings as well as the little moments where you feel like your life is about to end. Your life won't end because a boy broke up with you. Be thankful that you're a much cooler person now.
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December is right around the corner and with that comes the nostalgia of Warped Tour. Warped Roadies is gearing up for it's second season on Decmeber 4 and I can't wait to see what the show has in store. As part of the tour I got see the magic happen for this show and let me tell you, there were some good moments caught on camera. The Florida dates might be my favorite thing to rewatch, because it was a brutal day for all of us roadies (Warped Swamp park). I loved working with them everyday and helping get our tent set up for KIA. They are just as cool on TV as they are off.
You can watch an extended sneak peek on fuse (Click here). Dates were also just announced for the 2014 season!
Band Announcements will also be occuring during the season! Leave a comment below with who you're hoping to see on the 20th year of Vans Warped Tour
It was such an eventful weekend to say the least! I turned 21 and went to the West Coast run of Winter Jam to see some friends, but also interview and shoot! It was a little strange to be at the West Coast run because I'm normally use to covering it in 6 inches of snow in January (A la East Coast).
I took my lovely pal Carson out for a little bit of shopping on the strip. Hadn't seen him since March and it was great to hang out with a cool pal. If you're ever in Vegas, Fashion Show is the place to shop.
I love Winter Jam and it's a magical show, doing incredible things. 10 bands for 10 dollars, no tickets required. You just show up and hope you get in. It's usually sold out every night and they are gracious enough to play to those who didn't get in as well. I can't name you a single other tour that does it.
I started my night off with an interview from Dara Maclean. It was such an awesome moment to be able to get to play catch up, since we hadn't seen each other in over 2 years. She was the first person I interview back at my first WJ show and we've come full circle. She's married now! Most artist answer questions very vague, but Dara opens her heart and makes an effort to answer any and all questions thoroughly.
Duncan was such a surprise and privillage to get to interview. We both had been following each other for a while and he immediatly wanted to talk music. He's truthfully one of the best drummers out there and his spinning drumset is A+. Newsboys have been around for a good amount of time in music and they are still on top of everything.
I feel so humbled to be able to walk into a show that has been making an impact in young people lives and have people know my work. It's almost unreal. My favorite acts included Newsong, Dara, Newsboys and TFK!
Winter Jam has a few more West Coast dates and then they start the East Coast run in January. (Click here for dates). I HIGHLY suggest you get to one and see how they make other shows look like Wannabes. Anyways, be on the lookout for the interviews on StageRightSecrets.com!
I have a contest coming soon on my blog!!!!!!!!
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Today I'am 21 and while most people would be out flashing their newly horizontal card, I have decided that spending time at a show I adore, with my second family, and doing what I love is much more fulfilling than the typical things that come with this age. I'm getting ready as you read, to head over to Thomas and Mac arena to hang with my Winter Jam family and interview some talented people/ snap photos for the lovely folks over at Stage Right Secrets. Such a great way to spend a BIG birthday.
I made a pact to myself a long time ago that I would live life naturally. I have never drank alcohol, smoked or done drugs in my entire life. I plan on keeping it that way. I work in an industry where I'am surronded by this stuff 24-7. I spent a summer on a tour where maybe 5 out of 1,000 roadies were in the same postion as me. I think for me I want to send a postive messgae and be a good role model for not only my readers, but also the people I work with. I want to show people that you CAN be successful in the music industry and never have to touch any of that. You can still be "fun" to hang around as well. All I know deep down is that it's not my thing and I'm living a great and adventrous life without. People ask me all the time if it's hard becasue of temptation. I kind of laugh because it's not even in my brain to even give in and try any. It truthfully doesn't faze me.
I never really put it out there and thought that being a BUZZMAKER I can show you another side to my life and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
I love this non-profit Natural High, they help youth discover, ampify, and pursue their natural high so that they have a reason to say no to artifical high. For me, my natural high is a bunch of things " Music, Family, Traveling, My Job, Laughing, This Blog". That list is SO LONG.
So today is just another day in the world of Gabbie Brown, expect I got a new card + I'm a year older + I get to eat cake and celebrate with people who support what I stand for + sing at the top of my lungs to music by my friends.
Now you learned something new about me.
Almost Famous can be describe as my "How To" deal with the music industry. I've probably watched that movie a thousand times and can quote every line in that film. Last October I spent sometime in San Diego and I stumbled on several of the locations where the movie was filmed, including the famous "Band Aids" scene. I felt right at home. I would say my life is a lot like Penny with a dash of William. I am trying to become a music journalist with hopes to work at Rolling Stone.. There are a lot of life lessons + career advice hidden in that movie.
10.) Don't Make Friends With The Rockstars: The best advice anyone can ever give someone. So many people today are all about making friends with the musicians they work with. They want something from them and that can either be A.) them hoping they take them places. B.) Them wanting to just be scene with them (getting tweets from them, text messages etc) or C.) They want a relationship. In most cases it's a use use situation.
9.) Be there for the music:
This is probably one of the most iconic scenes in the whole film. In todays world, so many "fans" have forgotten about the music. Instead, they are focusing on the people that make up the band. This is what Penny is talking about, groupies just want to be near someone famous. Sure groupies may be a little outdated (They're still out there), but today people will do anything for a picture, autograph, etc. So let's just be there for the music. Loving a silly piece of music till it hurts.
8.) Don't make them look cool (Unless they really are).
The problem with todays music journalist is that they have made friends with the rockstars. Therefore they are not being truthful about the actual music. When was the last time you actually saw an article that just laid it all on the line? Not for a while right. In the words of Lester Bang "I know you think they're your friends. If You want to be a true friend to them, be honest and unmerciful)
7.) He doesn't love you.
You'll spend your whole life asking this question. He won't love, because he doesn't know your worth. He couldn't see that at the end of the day, you saw him for what he was. You didn't see some rockstar, you saw a guy who was insecure of himself. You accepted him at his good and bad, but he sold you for a 50 bucks and a case of beer.
6.) Things We Never Said:
This will never happen, not anytime soon. The rockstars never come to you. Take the call, and instead leading him to you, lead him somewhere else.
5.) Never take it seriously:
Always have fun, enjoy the ride. The record store will always be your best friend.
4.) Appreciate the small things.
Dancing in a venue when everyone has gone home is one the most fulfilling things you'll ever do in life.
3. Outsiders See You For You:
You will never truly see who you really are until somebody writes about it or tells you. In your head you think your one way, but to someone else you are actually another.
2.) You're Uncool.
Everyone thnks they are actually cool in some shape or form. They hang around certain people and BAM they're suddenly Golden Gods. Let's just share uncool moments with people who actually accept you for what you are... UNCOOL.
1.) Be the Enemy.
To all you music journalist........ BE THE ENEMY
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I have made a big change in my life and moved to sin city, Las Vegas. I have no idea what made me do but I have done it. I think it's because I needed a new start and change in my life. I have also become a brunette (GASP, I know legally blonde no more). I'm about turn 21 in a month and things are just all about starting fresh. Starting fresh usually comes because of heartbreak, being kicked down, and losing a sense of who you are or how I like to describe it, The OH SHIT moment.
My Oh Shit moment occured in a parking lot where I thought things would go back to normal but instead I realized that I might of completly screwed up and things have been ruined. I ran into Hollywood and he barely said more than a sentence to me. He was completly cold and I was suddenly taken back. In my head I pictured the rendezvous going a lot smoother. One of those I don't hold a grudge. I remember when he texted me one night telling me that I hold this grudge towards him. Maybe it was because it's what he had did to me. I never expected him to hold one on me now. Maybe it was because I blocked him on twitter. Somebody asked me if that was the end all be all moment. All I thought about in that spot was that I should of done it sooner and things were reuined long before I hit blocked. The moment for me was a big one because I realized that I'm over him.
For me things happen differently. I usually have a lot of doors open at once and of course they all close at once. And then a fluke happens, one door opens and that door stays open. Yesterday I had a conference call with the producers of a show that I had watched for a while. They were looking for someone to talk popculture with next to their star host. I know popculture, and I feel like I blew it. I'm one of those people that HATE telling people why I deserve a job or be perfect for it. I'm much better at showing and feel like I truly shine. Words can be altered, tell lies, and be misunderstood. If you show someone I feel like they can get a better understanding of what you can bring. I of course felt like I could of explained myself better (showing what I could bring wasn't an option) but in the end if it's not meant to happen, It's not meant to happen. Some other doors opened but they also all closed. The moment occured to me that I will probably have to open a billion doors before the perfect one is shinning.
My other Oh shit moment, this blog. I wonder if people read it, if they enjoy it. I'm not given the same opportunities as others, but I work really hard to make it as exciting as there's. I'm not a dancer, or dating a musician or a model. I'm just me, trying to make a dream a reality. I don't have the social media numbers, the following, or the big names and all those come with bigger opportunites. I hope you guys enjoy what I work on and share with you for the past 5 years. I feel like everyone and their mother has a blog nowadays.
In the end the OH SHIT moments are powerful and can be used to your advantage. I was told that if you start writting down your goals you're 30% more likely to accomplish them. I always say it's good to have a big goal and a small goal. The big goal won't happen right away, it's more like 5- 10 years. The small goal is more attainable and will happen more quickly.
Remember to be you, breathe, keep fighting, be classy with a dash of sass and believe that you are worthy.
It only seemed fitting that I travel to the magical city of L.A to close a big chapter in not only my life but also this blog. I first discovered the guys of Honor Society in 08 and final had the chance to see what they were all about in 2009 thanks to the lovely folks of USA Pear. I knew I had stumbled on something pure and almost unreal. Flash forward to present day and 9 shows later the band I had spent time flowing, working closely with and fully trying to understand what they represent has ended
My blog has been filled with cool stuff with them. From articles to interviews to my personal favorite, The Summer Of Love tour blog takeover from Mike himself (Fun Fact: I used Mike's tip about the interchangable tour bag for Warped..GUILTY).
I got LOTS of messages asking If I was going to make it to the last show and cover it. For a while the answer was no. Stuff happened and somehow I didn't feel like it was necessary for me to be there. I was quickly reminded that a lot of you read my blog and follow my journey in music because of them. You joined BUZZNET and started blogging about your favorite music because you saw them on my page. Why not finish where it started.
The Roxy was where the show was held and I was almost a lost for words because the legends that have played that venue. Guns N Roses, Genesis, and Janes Addiction recorded the backings to my fav record there. Anyways, I met a girl early on in the night who had traveled 7 hours to see them. She was telling me how she discovered them, but more importantly how she hadn't seen them in a LONG time. I asked her what made her come and her response was "I couldn't end it with out a proper reminder on why I love them".
The show was high energy, sexual, a tale with a tease. If you asked me how I would describe them, I would use that last part, "A Tale with a tease" They're brilliant at telling a tale that is not only teasing us in all the right ways possible but also a reminder of DIRTY FUNKY ROCK (A la PRINCE). I was also very impressed with the amount of 80's tribute thrown into the setlist (Queen, Michael, might of been some Metallica). You guys all know how much I adore "Run For Your Money", but it was mixed with "The way you make me feel" (Gabbie Dies...If "Let me love you" by Mario was added in the set, I wouldnt be living to tell you this). I pretty much had my eyes closed the whole time just soaking in that moment.
We got a mixture of Fashionably Late as well as, A Tale of Risky Business Part 2. I was a little bummed that, This Bed Is An Ocean wasn't added to the setlist. A long time fav of mine. It was also strange not to see the other part of Honor Society to the left of the guys. Let's not forget that he was also a big part of that band. The night was bitter sweet, ending the set with, Don't Close The Book. Almost everyone was crying and I got major goose bumps during the bridge. It was fitting, It told their tale beautifully.
These guys have been major supporters of me and this blog and I was lucky enough to call them friends. They each hold a special place in my heart. We've had our fair share of laughs, funny story telling, rough patches, but we made it through the hurricane. Things may be different. I encourage you to support them individually now.
"And The Rain Bleed Us Off The Page, Please Don't Tell Me It's The End Of The Story."
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My favorite show on TV is NASHVILLE! So when given the opportunity to travel to the breathtaking city and interview two of the cutest stars I couldnt pass it up. I love everything about that city, the people, the food, the history. I could see myself falling in love there. Anyways, Nashville is back for another season starting tomorrow on ABC (AHHHHHHH). I was on the edge of my seat during the season finale and I'm still hanging on. I can't wait to see where this season goes! Enjoy my interview for Stage Right Secrets with Lennon and Maisy!
How cute are they?