We went to see the Decemberists last night (Friday)at the Liberty. Great concert!
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a concert and I found it interesting how the audience dynamic has changed over the years. It used to be that when we went to a concert we suffered through the opening act and were polite. This is no longer the case. As the opening act played lullabys for an hour most people left the concert hall and went for a walk or to the McTavish Room for drinks. Those that remained in their seats made phone calls, texted friends and did all they could from shouting out, “Enough!” Well the last part was me.
Yes, the opening act had more musical talent than I; however they didn’t have the common sense not to subject others to their talent.
Anyway, I was totally surprised by the showmanship of the Decemberists. Their sound system was a bit muddy but somehow everything worked out.
The high-light of the night was when they did the Mariners Revenge song as their encore. Normally the part of the mother singing the words, “Find him, bind him, tie him with a rope and break his fingers to splinters…” is sung with two voices. As it was being sung by one voice, Collin put his microphone down to a little girl singing at the stage front. It was perfect. Her voice was perfect. She knew the words and was in perfect pitch.
After the show we explored some of Astoria’s night life until 12:30. Yeah, hours past my bed time… I’d almost like to write about some of the after parties, but it’s best I don’t.
The Decemberists will be recording a new collection in a couple weeks, which is great since I wearing out The Hazards of Love and Crane Wife. If you ever have the opportunity to see them live, you will be entertained.
Here are some Youtubes of it.16 Military WivesCrane WifeSons and Daughters