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Sigur Ros was amazing. Although it's hard to beat our first time seeing them in the intimacy of the Women's Center, this show was one of the more amazing multimedia spectacles I've ever seen. It's the future of music, right here and now! A couple of thoughts:

This isn't my photo; it's Sharyn's. I brought our Lumix in a camera bag, not sure if they'd be digging in bags at the Orpheum. They were, and I had to check the camera. Rrazor had to trek his cam back to the car.

Having been through this sort of thing enough times, I didn't really care. I could have easily snuck the camera in with minimal effort. But then my experience of the show would've been partially sucked into the activity of capturing. I would sacrifice the experience in order to reexperience later. I've done a lot of that. I'm glad I could simply soak it in and be in the moment.

Lorika and I have talked a little about this, "being in the moment" of photography. With an event like a music concert, you're taken out of the moment when you're capturing. But with nature, say a delicate flower, you're actually more in the moment. The flower isn't really going anywhere; it's more or less still. You can commune with the flower and the other tiny things surrounding you and your camera. It's that "time disappears" feeling. Of course, there's still a lot of concentration on capturing, but not at the expense of missing the flower.

Oh, I almost forgot the mundane point: How silly it is to use physical size to determine camera quality. Most of those little silver consumer cameras they let in the doors can take really good photos. Banning "professional" photography is practically meaningless. Professionals are hiding in amateur clothing everywhere you look.

Huh? Yeah that's right, I said spirituality. An over-used word, I'm told.

Bands like Sigur Ros, The Polyphonic Spree and The Flaming Lips are the closest many of us disillusioned youths will come to finding God. Church and religion have way too much baggage, and have done far too much harm. Sigur Ros makes it safe to feel exaltation, to experience something like transcendence. Call it what you will... the terrain of the heart, the soul, or just -- good epic music?


May 9, 2006 at 01:46 AM in Music | Permalink


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I was pondering this (the spirituality aspect) when I was all blissed out on the drive home, but I'm too tired this morning to say anything other than yes, you're on to something. And speaking of the Flaming Lips, I've just found out they are going to be playing in Minnesota this summer...at the State Fair of all places.

Posted by: Sharyn at May 9, 2006 9:28:20 AM

we're all over the Lips. apparently tix are on sale saturday.

Posted by: chuck at May 9, 2006 11:10:51 AM

Finally some good music at the Fair. The last time I saw anything there memorable was the Monkees in 1986....

Posted by: Rena at May 9, 2006 2:15:54 PM

Heh. I saw my first concert ever there (that I remember) - Kenny Rogers, when I was all of five. The Lips will be much much better.

Posted by: Sharyn at May 9, 2006 5:19:32 PM

My first show was also at the Fair:

Limited Warranty and The Jets! Yesssssss

Posted by: chuck at May 9, 2006 10:41:32 PM

I felt that way about the Arcade Fire at the 400 bar a couple winters ago.

Posted by: Kylark at May 18, 2006 10:23:07 PM

Kylark - that was an amazing show. So glad I was able to see it with you guys.

Posted by: Sharyn at May 19, 2006 7:25:51 PM