Ron "Ran" Waite Wing

In Concert: Jules Piper and Adrianne

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In Concert: Jules Piper and Adrianne
by Ran

This was a night of firsts for me: my first time at the Blue Frog Café in Cortland, and my first time to see fellow OutMusic member Adrianne. I became aware of Adrianne Gonzalez, because of her song "10,000 Stones," which was nominated (2005 OutMusic Awards) as Out song of the year, and then the CD of the same name was nominated for Outstanding New Recording Female. Then I found out that "10,000 Stones" was also one of 50 winners among 11,000 entries in this year's International Songwriting Competition. The list of her other accolades gets longer and longer. This young womyn is a very hot commodity right now.

So there I was facing the stage at the Blue Frog, the backdrop was ceiling to floor windows overlooking Main Street, Cortland. Taking the stage first was Jules Piper. Her acoustic set was loud, aggressive and full of energy. At one point she remarked about the windows behind her, "I feel weird playing in front of a window, it's like everybody's looking at my ass." Jules...there was only a small crowd outside! She performed a dozen songs, many from her first CD and a few cover tunes. She's a very passionate guitar player and offered us a hot, rockin' set.

After a short break, Adrianne took to the stage. This charming singer/songwriter is destined for great things—and now I know why. Her songs show wisdom far beyond her years, her voice has a wonderful unique quality to it, and she performs her emotions for you. The songs are in the pop vein, with twinges of folk thrown in for good measure. She sang songs from her two CDs and an upcoming acoustic CD. Songs like "Rocks In The Water," "10,000 Stones," and "Shooting Star" spelled out for us that this womyn has a very promising future ahead of her. She prefaced several songs with snippets of her psyche. "No Braver Thing" was a song about a girl who recently came upon some personal revelations (wink, wink), it will be on her upcoming CD with the group Girlyman lending their voices to the song. "December" came from being dumped on an awful December day. She said "songwriters are desperately in need of these kinds of situations, 'cause that's where the songs come from." One song was intended for another artist: she wanted to write a song for Avril Levine, but when she got done with the song she said "screw that, I'm keeping this one!"

Her voice and her demeanor command your attention; you can't help but be enthralled. The crowd loved her. She came back on stage for an encore and sang "Hurricane." She said, about this song, "sometimes you love someone so much that you don't know where to put the love, it just goes all over." During this song, she did a few rock star poses with the guitar—it's a good thing that she practiced these moves—'cause rock star status is right around the corner for this talented young womyn. You can find Adrianne on the web at .

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