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By ana (Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 05:46:23 PM EST) FFC, Fun Challenge, Summer Fun Challenge, WTFC, concert, friends (all tags)
Was fun.

So last night, Vienna Teng was playing Boston, with her latest band, which consists of herself and Alex Wong.

I've been a VT fan since Kellnerin suggested her to me. I felt kinda bad walking past her swag table in the lobby without buying anything, because I have all 4 of her CDs and a tote bag and toxicfur has a t-shirt. The concert was fun, including half a dozen songs from her latest album, Inland Territories, which came out last spring. They also covered a Radiohead song, as a kind of a quasi-encore. Actual encores being impractical since they were the first of two bands on the bill.

The second half of the concert was Over the Rhine, which I was only dimly aware of before. Really cool country-rock-blues-fusion kind of a sound. This was their 20th anniversary tour, mixed in with their annual holiday tour. They played what I think I recall aethucyn saying is the only Christmas song he can stand, with the title All I ever get for Christmas is Blue.

Oh, and Alex Wong was playing the oddest instrument. Well, as Kellnerin said, he was playing fifteen instruments all at once, one with each hand. This includes a cajon (aka "box") which one pounds on with hands, sticks, etc. to make percussive noises. The waterphone  was a bell-shaped object played with a violin bow, which made atonal screeching noises. Well, it would for anybody else. For him, it fit in with the music very nicely. During the break Kellnerin poked around with her iPhone (or is it D's?) and found on wikipedia an article about the instrument, including a picture of Alex Wong playing it.

There used to be a meme, back in the day, that went like this: "if you look up clumsy in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of me." Well, we looked up the instrument in wikipedia, and there was a picture of the guy we'd just seen playing the damn thing. There has to be a Latin phrase to describe this experience.

We had dinner before the show at india samraat, which was fun. D and Aethucyn had vindaloo and pronounced it adequately hot, but not by any means the hottest they'd ever eaten.

This afternoon I baked oatmeal cookies and made eggnog lattes to eat with the warm cookies.

I haven't touched my nano since December 1, even though it's in a state of being perhaps 3/4 of the way through the current draft, and needs finishing before I forget what I was doing.

Oh, and the back porch is done. The painter came on Friday and finished the deck and the ceiling of the new overhead roof thing, and primed the risers and bannister railing and such. He'll be back Monday, weather permitting, to do the top coat, and to attempt to repair the dog's footprints in the tacky deck stain/finish. I came around the corner just in time to see Rocky carefully ducking under the "WET PAINT" tape and starting up the stairs. He's so confused by the idea of going in the front door.

Tomorrow is the second sunday in Advent already. Just under 3 weeks left before Christmas. We're staying here this year over the holidays. That worked well, having a nice dinner for just the two of us, at Thanksgiving. And all the nephews and nieces and my one brother who's teaching have spring break the same week in March, so we're doing the family get-together for my side of things then. And toxicfur's sisters-in-law (two of them) are spawning in the spring and summer, so we'll probably be wilting in the NC heat in July or so.

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Night out, with friends | 4 comments (4 topical, 0 hidden)
Over the Rhine by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 07:12:17 PM EST
I know Linford and Karin, albeit not very well. They're really nice folks. When we lived in Norwood (an edge city just outside of Cincinnati) we lived in the same neighborhood and attended the same congregation until my wife and I decided to head east so to speak.

They're probably the most talented musicians I've seen live that I can't bear to listen to. Something about their style just gets on my nerves. In a way, this is really odd because most of the people I used to hang out with in Ohio who had roughly the same tastes as me really liked them.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
Thanks by reellife (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 02:32:32 PM EST
Its nice knowing I'm not the only one who can not listen to them.

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my phone by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 11:04:21 PM EST
It's the thing that keeps me sane on the train ride and on which I've also composed significant chunks of prose that I've inflicted on you and others. (iPhones are not open enough for D, though he thinks they are neat in theory.) The other cool thing was looking down at the orchestra seats from where we were in the mezzanine, spotting all the people wielding the distinctive rectangular touchscreens, and wondering how many of them were googling "what instrument was Alex playing?"

There was also the point during the show when all his sticks, brushes, and other tools (including the bow for the waterphone) slid dramatically off their music stand mid-song, and he continued without missing a beat (is that too much of a bo-bad when referring to a percussionist?)

Have spent much of the day enjoying the CDs we acquired. Thanks again for putting the outing together.

"Plans aren't check lists, they are loose frameworks for what's going to go wrong." -- technician

Right. by ana (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 06:16:39 AM EST
The people-watching was fun. I watched a couple arrive during the intermission; he with distinctive red hair, and she in a white coat not much shorter than her skirt. They sat down, she carefully crossed her legs, and he immediately turned away from her to talk to the woman in the row behind them. It's a music school, etc. etc. Anyway, next time I looked, she had a smart phone in her lap, and the guy was paying attention to her, or the phone, or the lap, or all three in some order.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

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