There's a band I like called the bird and the bee... Very cool stuff. But as I was just sitting here typing, I was listening to their song "Because," which includes the following very unfortunate malapropism... "Because, because... I'm lying prostate on the ground." I'm not kidding. And she sings it lots and lots of times.
On Friday we went to see the new Disney movie, Enchanted. It was really great, and I highly recommend it. Really creative and sweet.
Emily was a little scared during some of the more intense scenes, but at the climactic moment, she did something so cute:
As Giselle lay dying, her true love needs to give her "true love's kiss." As the guy stands there with the realization that HE is her true love dawning on him, Emily starts whispering "Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it..." As he starts to lean in to kiss her, she changes to "Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes..." This was absolutely adorable, and people sitting around us were looking at her and smiling... but then the best... As they kiss, she makes a kissing sound with her mouth...
It was so great... We were in the 11th row. Closer than we've ever been at any show. We could see and hear everything! I was disappointed at first to see that Elphaba, Galinda and Nessarose would ALL be played by understudies!! But the moment the show started, I forgot all about it. Honestly, even to be an understudy at that level, you have to be fantastic.
Caissie Levy played Elphaba. Here's a cool clip of her doing "The Wizard and I" on Broadway:
My parents were supposed to visit for Thanksgiving. They were going to leave Indiana on Saturday and drive(!) to California, stay for a week and then head home. Then my grandma (dad's mom) had a fatal stroke. She hung on for about a week and then died on Friday. In the meantime, Luanne's uncle Paul died on Wednesday. So mom and dad's trip got cancelled, and we ended up here in Simi Valley to be with Luanne's family. The memorial was yesterday (Lu and I sang), and we've decided to stick around and have Thanksgiving with the family.
I was sad that I couldn't go to Kentucky to be with the family for Grandma's funeral. I was the only grandchild not there, but - as my dad helpfully pointed out - I am the only grandchild who lives in California. My cousin Beth probably travelled the farthest, driving down from Michigan. And then my Aunt Carolyn had to come from Africa. (She is a missionary in Tanzania.)
I loved my grandma. Especially in the last 15 years or so. I remember riding my bike to her house when I was a kid and watching Nickelodeon. We didn't have cable at my house, and "You Can't Do That On Television" was my favorite show. I would also eat those little chalky candies and play War with her. She was a sweet lady, and she will be missed.
On the bright side, we are going to see "Wicked" at the Pantages Theater tomorrow night! Luanne and I really like the music for this Steven Schwartz show... and we're excited to see Carol Kane as Madame Morrible. Here's a great clip from the Tony Award performance of "Defying Gravity"...
I loved the concert Monday night. I was really close to the stage, so I could see and hear every little expression and nuance in the music. Mike Visceglia, the bassist, is a genius... They did "Left of Center" and "Blood Makes Noise" with just bass and voice... very cool.
The band was so tight and good... Even though they were missing one. Their new keyboardist, Laila Biali, is in the hospital with some sort of stomach problem. Let's pray for her...
I have been a huge fan of Suzanne's since I was a junior in high school. "Luka," of course, was a huge hit, and I remember having seen her on the Grammys. I got a cassette of "Solitude Standing" from the library and listened to it on my Walkman during computer class. It was really fresh and new sounding to me, and I loved her words... Still do. Every little phrase is carefully crafted. Like this one, from "Language": If language were liquid, it would be rushing in. Instead here we are in a silence more eloquent than any word could ever be. These words are too solid; they don't move fast enough to catch the blur in the brain that flies by and is gone.
Here's my attempt at a setlist, although I am sure I don't have the order right:
Tom's Diner (a cappella) Marlene on the Wall New York Is a Woman Frank and Ava Caramel Pornographer's Dream Ludlow Street (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May Gypsy Left of Center Blood Makes Noise Angel's Doorway In Liverpool Luka Unbound Tom's Diner (DNA version)
Encore 1 Zephyr and I The Queen and the Soldier
Encore 2 Small Blue Thing Rosemary
Here are some video clips I took at the show:
"Left of Center" - Suzanne with Mike on bass...
"Luka" - Full band. You might hear me singing along...
"Tom's Diner" - The "remix" version. It was very cool... She even took the microphone off the stand and danced around.
This closed the show and then she and the band came out for two encores. Here's Suzanne's take on the night, from her tour blog. Really glad I went, even though no one wanted to join me! It was well worth the time and money to see an artist I've admired for so long.
Unrelated, but still really cool: I am going to see Suzanne Vega at The Fillmore in SF tonight. She's been a favorite of mine since high school, so it's cool to finally see her. Looking forward to that! Her newest album, Beauty & Crime, is great...