Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Wednesday Wist

I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm doing a Wednesday Wist. (I stole this from the Chief Slacker, bug him about it.)

(EDIT : Turns out Chief Slacker, that plagerising son of a mongoose, stole this from Amy, who invented the thing.)

The generic instructions:

So how do you participate in Wednesday Wist? You take whatever music player you use. Put it on shuffle. Grab the first 5 songs and write what that song makes you remember. If it's a new song...and you can't relate it to a memory...do you like it? Leave a comment if you do it on your site and if you don't have a site, comment on what you would leave if you did have on. Oh...and feel free to comment about me songs as well.

Ok, my iPod is loaded for bear. I click on "Shuffle Songs", and away we go.

1. Coconut - Widespread Panic

My relationship with Panic as a band is less than three years old...The Redhead has been ushering at a local venue called The Palace (beautiful theatre) for many years, and she talked me into ushering with her about 6 months after we started dating. In the spring of 2003, Panic played two back-to-back shows there, and they were the first big shows I had worked as an usher. It was a hell of a lot of fun, lots of energy, new songs, a new band that I really became addicted to.

Panic falls into the jamband category, but in a completely different way than, say, Phish or the Dead, which endears them to me all the more.

2. Making Flippy Floppy - Talking Heads

The Talking Heads always make me remember my Lighting Design professor in college. Lee (the prof) had managed to wrangle a $100k "technology grant", and used it to purchase a number of automated lighting fixtures, as well as brand new control systems. One of the projects he had his students do with the new equipment was to design an automated lighting sequence timed to music. Being one of the "trusted few" in the department, I had access to the building at all hours, so I could often be found in the main theatre at 2 or 3 in the morning, tweaking my project, and just playing around. It also meant we had some kickass light and sound parties...

3. Hey Bulldog - Dave Matthews & Friends

The Dave Matthews & Friends tour was, for me, such a wonderful congregation of fantastic solo artists thrown together into an incredible ensemble. The Redhead and I saw them live at Bonnaroo 2004, and the show blew us away. We were soaking, cold, standing in deep mud, and we couldn't have been happier...that's what I love about music, the ability of a performer to lift the crowd out of itself and put it, temporarily, into another plane. (The Redhead loves the term "collective effervesance")

4. Pebbles and Marbles - Phish

Honestly, I'm surprised that it took this long for a Phish song to come up in the list, considering how lopsided my music collection is... (4580 songs in my collection, 1214 of which are Phish).

Phish always takes me back to the first concert I went to with The Redhead. It was only a couple of months after we started dating, she had gotten the tickets and arranged for my time of on the sly, so we drove up to Cincinatti Friday afternoon for the show. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, I had never even heard of the band before (I was a sheltered youth ;) ), but I wanted to keep an open mind, because she seemed really excited about going to see this band, and I wanted to share it with her.

Needless to say, I was enthralled. Aside from my wedding, the day I proposed to The Redhead, and maybe a couple of other random days, that concert is one of the best events of my life. Almost on the order of a religious experience, really.

And then the fucking band split up. ;)

5. Another Brick In The Wall II - Particle

If you haven't heard of the band Particle, you're really missing out. They describe themselves as a kind of trance-jam-rock-space porn-techno group, and they really jam out. The first time I heard of them was at Bonnaroo 2003, where they had a late night set scheduled to run from midnight to 2am. They ended up starting late because of difficulties with the band before them, so they played from 1 until about 3am. They were the last act of the evening, and the crowd wanted more, so they kept on playing, turning what was supposed to be a two hour set into a six hour set, which ended just about the time the sun came up. I admire that spirit of freedom, the willingness to go out there and have fun, be flexible, play as long as they can.
posted by S.C. @ 3:06 PM |

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