I really should quit doing memes and photo/pencasts and things and write a proper post, especially since Courtney recently described me as a “marvelous, brilliant writer” (I won’t argue with her, because, well, it takes one to know one, right?), and then she told everyone if they’re not reading my blog, they should begin immediately. So, people are going to come over here from her place, find nothing but memes and photos, and think poor Court has lost her mind (something I definitely don’t want them to do). However, I could not resist this truly fun one that I found at Sprite Writes. (And besides, what’s summer for if it isn’t for memes, the “beach reading” of blogs?) So, for all those of you who are sick of the have read/haven’t read/love/hate book lists going around out there, this one might be a bit of a breath of fresh air, looking at music rather than books. Here you go:
Copy this list, leave in the bands/singers you’ve seen perform live, delete the ones you haven’t, and add new ones that you have seen until you reach 25. An asterisk means the previous person had it on his or her list. Two asterisks mean the last two people who did this before you had that band/singer on their lists. Three asterisks, etc.
1. CSN (with or without Y)** — I wish I’d seen them with Y, but alas, not. Still, it was a great outdoor show at an old amusement park with a good friend from college who’d moved to
2. Dar Williams** — She’s my cousin. Of course I’ve seen her, and I’m thrilled that she’s on this list and has two asterisks. Oh, and I get to brag and say I bet not many, other than family members, can say that on a number of occasions they’ve had dinner with her parents before a show.
3. Janis Ian** — a few years ago at a folk festival. She’s still wonderful.
4. Sting ** — I saw him twice with The Police, and he once opened up for The Grateful Dead.
(Gee, this means there were only four on this list that I had seen. Let’s see if I can possibly come up with 21 more.)
5. B.B. King – oh man, oh man was he ever GOOD! I think that was definitely the best concert I ever saw.
6. David Bowie – more like watching great theater than a concert. I’d love to see him again, but it’s never happened.
7. The Grateful Dead – about a gazillion times, but I’m only a fringe Deadhead. I mean, I didn’t follow them all over the country, strung out, becoming best friends with complete strangers, and selling falafel and friendship bracelets, or anything. I just happened to live in places that were close to arenas where they came a lot (Madison Square Garden, Giant Stadium, etc.), always had friends (and a brother) who were willing to go, and I loved to hear Jerry Garcia play the guitar.
8. Queen – yep, saw them before poor old Freddy Mercury died, before anyone even knew what AIDS was, I think.
9. Syd Straw with the Golden Palominos – wouldn’t life be grand if I could perform like that?
10. Talking Heads – they came to my college and put on a helluva show the year Stop Making Sense was filmed. Just loved it. I’ve also seen David Byrne solo in
11. R.E.M. – a number of times. We used to see them down South before anyone knew who they were. Most recently, I saw them at MSG right after the disastrous 2004 election.
12. Jethro Tull – that was my first concert ever at age 13. Pretty impressive, huh?
13. Bruce Springsteen – it took forever, because I wanted to go see him when I was in high school, but Bob and I finally saw him a number of years back at The Meadowlands.
14. Cream – we saw them on their reunion tour a couple of years ago at MSG. I’m telling you, I don’t care how old he is, Eric Clapton is still a hot guitar god.
15. The Jayhawks – Bob and I are a bit obsessed with them. We went down to The Town Hall in
16. Marti Jones and Don Dixon – oh, they were just so much fun to see together. I had a tape of that show (Cat’s Cradle in
17. The Nields – it’s so much fun to watch them bounce all over the stage.
18. The Proclaimers – they played at the infamous Toad’s Place in
19. Cowboy Junkies – saw them at Toad’s Place, too. Twice. And we got to go backstage and meet them, because Bob befriended their photographer while hanging around waiting for the show to start.
21. UB40 – what fun, fun, fun! Everyone was so happy at that show.
23. Iris Dement – she was introduced to us by a friend of Bob’s, who’d interviewed her for a journal article, so after her performance, she’s another one we got to talk to (it pays to hang out with Bob. Somehow, it often means you get to talk to performers).
24. Suzanne Vega – we saw her just last fall at a really cool theater here in
25. Michelle Shocked – oh, I’d follow her all over the world (even though that's a Marti Jones song) to see her perform. If you ever get the chance, go see her. She’s also very funny and she so obviously loves to play music. (Wish I’d been with Bob. She’s one I would have loved to talk to.)
Actually, I’ve just realized I could go on with many more than 25, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll give you some I almost saw:
- Elvis Costello – had a ticket, but got a horrible flu and didn’t get to go
- James – again, had a ticket, but a huge blizzard hit
, and the show was cancelled Connecticut
- Wilco – well, Danny (Jeff Tweedy’s brother-in-law) offered to get me passes when they were in
last winter, but that didn’t work out. However, I will see them one day (maybe even with Danny, which would be truly awesome). Philadelphia
- Rolling Stones – a guy who wanted to date me called me up the day of the show and told me he had a ticket for me. My sister was coming to
Connecticutfrom , so I turned him down (besides, I didn’t want to encourage him). North Carolina
- U2 – another guy who wanted to date me called me up a few days before the show and told me he had a ticket. I already had plans to go to
that weekend and turned him down. Provincetown
(From this, you’d think I had lots of guys wanting to date me and offering me tickets to great shows, but in all my single life, that only happened these two times. Both times, it’s really a good thing I didn’t go, but sometimes I find myself thinking, “Rolling Stones? U2? Free tickets? I should have cancelled all plans and just gone, even if Ted Bundy had been offering to take me.”)
Let’s get the music conversations going. I’d love to know who else has seen some of those I’ve seen. If I’ve ever commented on your blog, please consider yourself tagged and do with your tag as you please (no pressure, but you do know that the Queen o’ Memes -- by the way, I found out that some of you who are newer to my blog don’t know how I got that moniker. It was bestowed upon me by Hobs some time ago when I had tagged him for the umpteenth time – has the power to do as she will with those who ignore tags).
Oh, and all right. I promise my next post will be a real one. It might even be about something really substantial (nah. I doubt it).