Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pinch me.

It's been an utterly nutty few weeks. Shortly after my bout with the flu I got strep throat with a virus chaser. I feel like I have spent the majority of 2011 either sick or getting over being sick. I am done. I am just now getting back to normal and I never knew normal felt so good! I even went to get my hair cut and colored (thank you Lisa!) and it felt like my own mini version of Spring!

Anyways, I have a question for everyone. Do any of you have a "People I want to see before I die" list? Like musicians? 'Cause I have a had a list like that for years and have been slowly chipping away at it. Well, I am down to one person on my list. And he was probably the one I would most want to see of my whole list, but also the most inaccessible. He rarely plays, certainly never in the states. I just resigned myself to it not happening. WELL. He is here in Austin for SXSW. The thing about South by is that it's new bands mainly. It's not like your big week end festivals that are cram packed with big name bands. This is a week of getting to see new, up-and-coming music, a chance to say "I saw them when" kind of thing, a way to discover and be discovered. So it's not the place to cross names off of your "before I die" list. And the way I found out that this person (who I have loved since I was 14) would be at South by was totally random, happenstance. Just last Saturday I heard one of his songs playing behind a commercial for an upcoming episode of a tv show. I said to Tom, "I don't know that song. He doesn't have anything new out does he?" Tom says, "I don't know, let me look" and he pulls up the computer and a couple of minutes later says, "He is going to be playing here on Friday" to which I said "Shut Up, you're lying" to which he said, "Seriously, he's playing South by". It was surreal. Like if I hadn't seen that commercial I might not have know he was in town and I would have heard later "Did you see so-n-so when he was here?" and I would have said "NO!, I didn't know he was here!" and I would have fallen over and died. Anyway, I did find out and he is playing tomorrow and I am getting there like six hours early just in case. And no, I am not telling you who it is until it's over because I am being ridiculously superstitious and I don't want to jinx anything. I'm still scared it's not real. I know I sound like a complete nut job. I really am not normally like this. I don't get all worked up about famous people at all. But like I said, I have loved this man, his music, for 25 years. When it's all said and done I will happily report back and if I am really lucky I will have photos.

So my loooooong story was leading to this: who is on your "before I die" list? I would love to know who other people hold dear, musically speaking. Share your list with me and I will throw your names in a hat and send you a surprise bit of jewelry. How's that for fun?? Don't forget to add your email address so I can let you know if you won. Have fun.

11 comments:

Lyzzard said...

Elton John. Missed him when he was here last. Still beating myself for that...

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

That is so awesome! And know you're not nuts. I know what you mean. I'm a big fan of Interpol and actually got to meet Paul Banks at a meet and greet after a concert and I'll tell you I was in such awe I became totally speechly. I had an opportunity to acutally have a short convo with him and I feel that I blew it. I would really like to sit down with him, have a beer and pick his brain, hee hee.

Well have a great time at the show. Can't wait to see who it is.

robyncz said...

Welllllll? How was it?

emster said...

My dream was always for a Pixies reunion concert....and it happened a few years ago. It was always my - if I won the lottery I would pay them to get back together for one show. So I know how you feel. When they got back together I saw them 5 times on that first tour.
Who was it?? Did it happen?

Cyndy said...

I've seen AATW four times but I dream about seeing them again with Chris O'Connell. She was their best and my favorite female vocalist.

Are you going to blog and post pics about the show? Hope so!

Lucy Anderson said...

Sting. Up close and personal. Like in the backyard of his Italian villa.

Sally from said...

Yes, yes, elton John;o)

Janell said...

Oh gosh... before I die, I'd really like to see the band Ludo...Just because I've already tried like 3 times, and the fates are against me.

Other than that due to recent developments it would be interesting to meet Rebecca Black, and Charlie Sheen.

Mama Deb said...

If I could travel back in a hot tub time machine, I would freaking DIE to see Janis Jopin. I can watch recorded performances of her over and over and get lost in the songs just like she did. But for the here and now, I would love to see the Polyphonic Spree perform live again. I happened upon them at ACL years ago and was totally entranced by their energy and happiness on stage. If I had a band, I'd want it to be like that!

Mean Eyed Cat said...

I would have... Johnny Cash. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders... I have so many.

Amy Mac said...

My oh my, I love this story (especially the happy ending). For me? I've already seen my greats, but the one that got away (before I was born) was Buddy Holly. Oh boy. As far as living folks go, I'd like to see Eminem. Front row.