Monday, December 19, 2005

"All The Women Are Strong, The Men Are Good Looking..."

"... and all the children are above average."

Went to see A Prairie Home Companion at Town Hall on W. 43rd Street last motzei Shabbos.

Pretty good show. Pretty Christmas-y show, all things told, including audience sing-alongs which Sarah and I, well, didn't sing along with. It was definitely a thrill to see Garrison Keillor in person, and to see a live radio show being broadcast to millions of people. Especially impressive (and funny) was the sound-FX guy (pictured above, to the far left)... but then, I've always been a pushover for sound-FX guys, and though it seems an odd occupation to have, I definitely aspire to that level of creativity/ingenuity/eccentricity in my life's work, whatever that may turn out to be.

Check out the broadcast here. Hear that histrionic-sounding guffaw echoing from the audience as Garrison and The Wailin' Jennys start in on their rendition of Sting's "Fields of Gold?" Guess who that is?

It turned out that, much to the audience's confoundment, they were not performing it as a joke, and they actually did a halfway-respectable job turning it around into a halfway-decent meditation... however, the washed-up, balding, Tantric-sex-having, adult-contemporary fucker who wrote it will still never escape my eternal wrath for having written it in the first place. 'Nuff said.

Hope Garrison's predictions about the transit strike come true -- I'd love a couple of extra days at home!


At 12:21 AM, December 22, 2005, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

Movie coming out early next year - with Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin, Keillor and *gulp* Lindsay Lohan....

At 4:45 AM, December 27, 2005, Blogger 'laizer said...

I think I missed the ball, what'd Sting do to earn your eternal wrath?

At 10:24 AM, December 27, 2005, Blogger Chazarmaveth said...

'laizer, c'mon.
between The Soul Cages and Ten Summoners' Tales, he went from "glorious god of reggae/jazz/rock fusion" to "washed-up, adult-contemporary wussy who sings ensembles with rod stewart and bryan adams," and nobody seemed to get upset about it.
i own the police box set, man. he was a different man back in the day; hungry, lean and razor-sharp. his de-volution has not just been sad to watch; it has been depressing.
and that's all i have to say about that.

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