Hard to do an LJ entry with a cat on your arm... - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
Hard to do an LJ entry with a cat on your arm...|
but, here goes.
I still have a job. They did announce layoffs, but it wasn't in my area. *sigh* To be honest, I'd already started thinking about what I'd do if they layed me off. And the only thing that was bad about it was that it was at the end of the year (just like last time) and therefore bad for traveling. *G* Oh, well. Back to trying to make lemons into lemonade.
Saw REM yesterday, and it was in an auditorium, not a big old arena (whooot!). Mind you, I was in the next to the last row of the balcony - but it was still a great seat! I've seen them 3 times before - back around the time of Document, at Purdue, and twice since then, in arenas.
I was good, sad and great. Good because they played excellent songs, including "Disturbance at the Heron House", "Finest Work Song", and other songs from their Document days, which I love - although I would have loved to hear more from (damn, which album is that?) the album with "Night Swimming" on it. Sad because - they've been together a long time and played thousands of shows - and it shows. You don't get a lot of interaction between them on-stage. They're too professional. You don't get the joy and thrill that bands have when they first start out and they're passionate. And I hated hearing "The One I Love" and "Losing My Religion" played as "hits". The crowd went crazy, and I used to LOVE "Religion", but it's been so overplayed that it has no soul left in it. And, yet, it was also great! Why? Because they DID show some excitement in their new songs AND I enjoyed them. A lot of times new songs leave you cold because it takes some time to appreciate them, but I got into these. And the lighting was so unique - I can't describe it. So I'm glad I went, because it was a smaller venue and I got to see the new stuff, but... these guys need to take a break! And, dammit, EAT SOMETHING, Micheal Stipe!!!! *sends over bowls of pasta* You need to fatten up! *G*
I saw them in concert during the Document tour too...was at Univ. of SC Columbia at the time. Awesome show.
Whoops, hit post prematurely.
Meant to say, I'm glad you had fun, and I'm even more glad you still have a job! :) *hugs*
Wow! Were they with 10,000 Maniacs, too?
REM was my favorite band from the mid-80's to the mid 90's. I adored them. Saw them during the Green tour and was all ready to join Greenpeace and never use plastic diapers and give up meat for life.......god, those were the good days. I wore my GREEN concert t-shirt out.
I worry about Michael Stipe. What the heck is the deal with him???
I'd like to think it's just that he's an uber-healthnut - macrobiotics, veggie only, and so on. But, damn, he was in a suit and it just hung off him. Oh, well! He certainly acted healthy - jumping around and all.
Hehe, I know the cat-on-arm scenario... looks like you do a pretty good job typing. :)
Glad about the good news, and the fun concert! Yay!
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*lets you off the rollercoaster*
*stays on for one more trip*
Sounds like a good evening :) .. but I hear ya .. if ever my latest obsession lose their passion and the fun and play "hits" (*L* they should be so lucky - no really, they SHOULD!) - yeah that would be depressing!
*L*! New "hits" are okay... and old ones are okay if done right... but these just felt like "we're playing them for the audience". In other words - it felt like a performance, not a bunch of guys making music. Does that make any sense?
*moves over to the rollercoaster of staying in one job and trying to survive in it*
*waves to you from my rollercoaster*
yup - made complete sense the first time I read it no explanation required ;) .. hahaa - I would have marked the calendar as "The day Pooh understood Piglet" .. but because you didn't realise that - we're back to normal territory :)!
woooooooooooooooooooooooosh! ... mines faster than yours! - but I don't think I'm allowed off until Thursday now! dear god. *gets motion sickness*
*eeeek!* *tosses you some dramamamine*
I remember a B-52s show like that, and Love and Rockets too - it becomes more about doing the show than playing the music. How lovely to see REM in a more intimate venue. Gah. The only time big ampitheatres ever worked for me was with the Grateful Dead, 'cos the audience was part of the experience, and the more, the merrier. (Never saw them in a small space, so have no basis for comparison, tho'.)
I remember seeing REM in Chicago in the very late 80's, but don't remember ...um, Work Tour? My friend Steve and I took the Amtrak up from school.
Good point - with some groups (a very few) - a large arena helps, if it's a "group" experience.
Definitely going to buy their new CD, though. I was impressed that they could come up with something interesting and good that doesn't immediately remind me of their other stuff.