Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Head and the Heart and Dr Dog- Up close and personal

As alluded to Sunday, I've got a lot going on currently. Among them being that I am leaving in a few days to go to North Carolina for a week with my family to fulfill my dad's wishes of having a memorial service in his hometown and the to spend the week at the beach with the people I love. [Tangent: This memorial service is odder to prepare for that the one we had immediately after his passing in December. Having more time to prepare makes it almost harder because we have no excuse for not doing my dad justice. My google engine even taught me there is a website for morons like me who need help planning memorial service; funeralhelper.org is, in fact, a thing.  Only beware that some of the proposed quotes to use for memorial services are from The Lion King. I have no concept of how my family did this 10 months ago in 3 days.] It hasn't all been stressful and sad. In the last week or so, I have had some truly content and blissful moments...and 2 of them happened at a place of happy music: Grimey's!

Because my ginger is a complete record nerd, he spends most of his time and pocket change at local record stores, and thus knows when cool things are going on around town. [Tangent: He has tried his best to shapeshift me into a record enthusiast, but those things take time. I mean I love my little record collection he has helped me build, but laziness and impatience usually wins out and I'll generally just download an album I am excited about. It's hard to teach an new dog old tricks, I guess.] Because he seems to keep himself in the loop, we have been able to go to some really cool free shows like seeing Andrew Bird in the spring and going to see both The Head and The Heart and Dr. Dog in just the span of two weeks.I had seen both of these acts live before and they are ones that sound even better live that on an album so going to see them when they are in town is not a question of if...it's a question of how fast can my robot car can get there. And seeing them in an intimate setting is 10000x more appealing then on a huge stage.

The only downside is that I am generally one of the oldest people there, and now one wants to be that sad lady with the gray hairs poking [Tangent: ...and I know they are there because my hair stylist mentioned them to me today. Thanks!] and giggling to yourself listening to 17 year olds nearby philosophize about religion and life.  Silly children. Wait, when did I become that person? At Head and The Heart, I immediately clung to the guy in front of us that was prematurely gray...so I know we should form an alliance of adults.

this is me looking terrified of the hoards of youngins behind me.

The show was great and as seen above, was super packed to the gills. Luckily, we got there early so we got right up front, basically nose to nose with the band. [Tangent: I always wonder how awkward it is for the band to be that close to their audience. I know, it's awkward for me being that close. I try not to rest my eyes to long on one band member as not to come off super creepy. It's the one burden of being a front row kinda gal.] I love every member of The Head and The Heart, but the singer and violin/fiddler Charity is my favorite, because no matter how many times she has played the songs off their album...she gets SUPER INTO IT! Like she looks like she is feeling every word and may break down crying at any moment. I love that.

sorry for the terrible off perspective. I had to picstitch two images together, because I was too close to the band. #firstworldproblems, I know I know.
 Because of the throngs of people waiting oustide, the  band opted to move the crowds outside to play their last song out front of Grimey's Too in the bed of a red pickup. They played their biggest hit, Lost in my Mind,  so of course everyone lost their own damn minds. It was such an awesomely magical "wait, am I on TV?" kinda moment.


Ok. So truthfully, they were parked illegally in a handicapped spot, but I couldn't fault them because this moment was totally worth the parking violation.
As I was just coming down off the high of seeing this incredible and free of charge explosion of musicality, Dr. Dog was coming to play their in store in between their stints opening for the Lumineers at the Ryman. [Tangent: All you had to do to gain entry was buy their album at Grimey's and get your name on the list...which I did the same day I saw The Head and the Heart.] I've seen these guys 3 times now, and each time is better than the last. I dare anyone to see them live and not immediately be a fan. [Tangent: Obviously, half of the band is wearing sunglasses as to avoid the awkward eye contact with audience members. Smart cookies.]



The audience was into it, naturally, given they were invested fans who likely bought the album the day it hit the shelves. Also, the crowd had some folks over 30  in it, including me Jamie and my friend Brandon who drove up from Huntsville....and for some reason A LOT OF GINGERS! Clearly, I was in the right place. I will leave you with some of their Tiny Desk Concert they did for NPR, to give you an idea of what it was like. Have fun having your face melted off by amazing music!

8 comments:

  1. I saw you posting about these outings on Instagram and was insanely jealous -- I need to go to Grimey's more, especially since I live just down the street. Love that The Head and the Heart went outside for their last song.

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    1. YES! I know Jenna was mad at me too bc she didn't know about it. I will keep you all in the loop next time! I would never know about anything, but my boyfriend goes there like 2x a week. I only go when there is a free show.

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  2. De-lurking to say I have a record-lover at home too. Also, Dr. Dog was the first show we ever saw together (about 5 years ago). We saw them again wen they passed through with The Lumineers. :D

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    1. Yay! De lurk anytime. I like it when folks are vocal! We love Dr. Dog...it is probably the reason I wooed mine in the first place....he found it on my ipod on one of our first dates and probably knew I was worthy at that point! I do have a huge appreciation for his passion and it has rubbed off on me somewhat...it is a lost art, but I am don't need anymore tangible collections. I shall stick to hoarding mp3s and digital photos...so I take up cyberspace and not actual space....that could be inhabited by tschotchkes or clothes!

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  3. HAHA love the terrified face. Doesn't it make you feel old, going to "happening" events in our fair city? Looks like a great show, though.

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    1. I always feel ancient. Is it sad that when I go to these things, I try to dress younger so I don't totally blow my cover. It's like 21 jump street

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  4. I'm sure your dad's second memorial service was very special. I honestly cannot imagine having to do it twice. In a way, the second time around would probably be even more emotional. I'm sure that wonderful memories of your dad were shared!

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    1. It was easier in that we had more time to prepare but harder bc we had more time to prepare...if that makes any sense at all

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