Song of the Day- Keep the Car Running- Arcade Fire
This song helped me make it through my very first 20 minute straight run today. This is a huge deal for me; I have always HATED running, and basically believed I just couldn’t do it. Today, I proved to myself I can! So yeah, good song for running. Enjoy.
Amazon mp3 has some great albums on sale for only $2.99 right now, and as I already have quite a few of them (Fallen Empires, My Head is an Animal, Hospitality) I’m listening through some of the others to see if I might like them. Quite liking the Scars on 45 album.
Thursday night I dragged my husband with me to see Snow Patrol (second time for me, first time for him) at a smallish but great venue here in town called Stubb’s. Stubb’s holds around 2,000 people, and is an outdoor venue, which in Texas in May isn’t always a great thing. The last time I saw Snow Patrol (in 2009) at Stubb’s, it was early October, and it was UNBELIEVABLY HOT. This time, if you can believe it, it was actually not too bad outside. When I saw the band in 2009, I was lucky enough to hook up with a couple of hardcore fans who got in line around 1 pm and who let me line up with them when I arrived around 6pm. We were the first people in and were dead center on the barrier.
This time around, I didn’t feel the need to be in the very front row, but I’m child-sized, so I did want to get there relatively early to get a spot from which I’d actually be able to see. When we managed to make it into line right about 5pm, there were only around 40 people in front of us, so I felt pretty good about us getting a good spot. When gates opened at 7 we found that we were able to get to the front, about 3 people back and just to the right of center.
I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t get Ed Sheeran as our opener, but I was pleasantly surprised by Gary Go’s set. It’s just him and a keyboard(s), and though some of the songs sounded kind of same-y, he had a great voice and a really great stage presence. My husband and I both enjoyed his set. In between his set and SP coming on, I struck up a conversation with three girls in front of me who were decked out in homemade SP/Fallen Empires t-shirts. They were obviously big fans, so I was glad they had gotten such great spots.In fact, I was fairly well surrounded by people (mostly women) who appeared to be really big, and long time fans, so that was cool.
When the band finally came on to the remix of Berlin, which I really liked, they jumped right into Hands Open, and from there, the show just flew. Gary was chatty here and there, though it seemed to me that he didn’t talk quite as much as he had the last time I saw them. He did mention them having had a great time wake surfing that day on Lake Travis, and that some of them, he said, indicating Pablo, had gotten more “tan” than others. :) When I read that tweet about them being on the lake that day, my first thought was definitely about how that could affect the show that night. But really, they all seemed to be in good spirits and sounded great. Gary sounded great, too, which I really noticed during Set the Fireand Make This Go On Forever. When In the Endstarted, I pulled out my camera and started filming, as that’s one of my favorites from the new album. I had also decided I wouldn’t film any more than 30-45 seconds, because I really wanted to be able to enjoy the show, not just watch it through the camera. But I was so glad I had it out for that song, because that’s when Gary decided to jump down off the stage and sing to the front row. Well, really he was singing to a guy up front he’d been teasing the whole show. He stood on the barrier for a second at the center, and then came over and did the same RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. I decided to keep filming rather than lunge for him, like everyone around me did, because I was just out of reach and I didn’t want to squish the people in front of me more than they were already being squished. But, it did make for some really crazy video!
The rest of the show was much more tame compared to that moment, but I was so glad to finally hear him singSet the Firelive, and I thoughtLife-ningwas really beautiful. All in all, the show was fantastic and we had a great time.
After the show, I hooked up the t-shirted fans in front of me, and we devised a divide and conquer strategy to get to meet the guys after the show. There were a couple of different “stage doors” they could have come out of, so we positioned ourselves at different ones and waited. The girls did get to see Johnny McDaid emerge from their door, but we heard after waiting about 20 minutes that Gary, Nate and some friends had quickly come out at a different door, met with just a small handful of fans very briefly, and were whisked away. :( So, we were disappointed we didn’t get an opportunity to say hi, but aside from that it was a really great night.
Setlist (though this is from Dallas, technically- couldn’t remember song order and there’s not one up for Austin, yet)
The show last night was fantastic, and I have a lot to say about it, but we’re on our way out. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to write up a little review tomorrow. In the meantime I’ll leave you with my pics, and one MOST EXCELLENT VIDEO. <3
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”—
Didn’t get to say so last week when this news broke, but I was so glad to hear this. Frankly, I was just glad the President was finally able to come out and say it. I read today that Jay-Z also came out in support of marriage equality, which is kind of a big deal because the it is typically less accepted in the African American community. I just really loved what Jay said, “…it’s discrimination, plain and simple.”
Happy Friday Song of the Day-We Found Love- Rihanna
I know I’m about a year behind with this song. When it first came out, I basically avoided it. But something happened recently (I’m not sure what), and I felt compelled to buy it. Then, I added it to my iphone. Then, I included it in my workout mix. It is not an exaggeration to say that when it comes on, I get a little bounce in my step.
Coldplay Saturday Song of the Day-Shiver (Live 2003)
I’ve seen Coldplay from the first row in an arena. From the barrier at a festival. From everywhere in between; but my Coldplay live experience will not be complete until I hear them perform this song live.