Friday, May 9, 2008

Cool Concerts Squared

So it's been a while since I was able to go to any kind of concert. In the last week, I was able to go to two! I'll go in chronological order.

Violin Recital
The first was a recital of my sweet violin students. It's the first recital I've held since we've been out here. The kids had worked hard and all did a great job! I was truly impressed by them and what they accomplished. This was the first time performing for most of them and they really came out swinging. I was also very impressed with the amount of support that came out for these kids. Not only did parents and siblings come, but cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and even great grandparents. There were probably twice as many people as I expected, so it was a tight squeeze, but it worked out alright. I look forward to more recitals in the future.

Here we all are after the big event
So, did you read that? I'll give you a second try. RADIOHEAD. Live. Emily, there (there). So, it was amazing. They played 24 songs of awesomeness. Of course, there were some especially great moments. "Optimistic" was divine and I was pleasantly surprised by "Talk Show Host", which they rocked. They ended their primary set with the hauntingly gorgeous "Videotape". They also did a simple andbeautiful version of "Faust Arp"( My favorite from the new album). Their second encore set consisted of "Paranoid Android" (phenomenal, see below), and a simply lovely "House of Cards". It was incredibly fantastic. Thunder and lightning were expected, but we just got refreshing sprinkles a few times. It was a feast not only for the ears, but the eyes too. They had these amazing lights and video shots behind them. Some of the shots were so interesting. Thom sang into the camera super close up during "You and Whose Army". There were moments I swear you could see nose hairs. Icky? Perhaps. Awesome? Definitely. It was wonderful dancing around to the most amazing music with the most amazing man at my side. We have not gone on tons of real dates since our curly haired cutie entered the picture. It was SO nice to spend some real one on one time with him. All in all, an evening to remember. I only wish the average height of Radiohead fans was a bit shorter and that their affinity for smoking was a bit less. If any of you get the chance to see these artists live, you should go with no second thoughts. Even if you're not a huge fan (like Bill), you'll love it (he did).

This is most of Paranoid Android- it was SO good! I know it's a little long, but you must check it out.


Becky said...

Your group of violinists is so great! I wish I could hear them.

Amy said...

I love that you're so passionate about everything. When you love them, you LOVE them. Two thumbs up for your violin recital and radiohead concert!