They’re waiting in the darkness….

Things I have never seen at First Avenue until last night:

1. A crowd rapt with attention, hanging on every word someone is speaking.
2. Chairs on the floor. And no one felt the urge to toss them around.
3. Someone learning to play the Jackson 5 – I Want You Back on stage.

I loved nearly every minute of Paul Westerberg’s edition of ‘The Craft’. You can complain all you want about the ever-present corporate sponsorship, the lack of more songs, the lack of choice of beers, and the body odor of the person beside you… but really, I think we got something unique that night. Something you don’t get from a regular ‘show’. You get to see how much passion Paul has for his baseball team. (note to Carl Pohlad, resign Torii Hunter.  I think he’s serious about the brick throwing). How he has written songs in different tunings and never known what key they were in until your bass player tells you much later. You get to hear what brought about writing a new song called Everyone’s Stupid. You get to hear Lush & Green.

I was paying close attention, not only because the PA was on the quiet side for the interview, along with the 500 or so others there. I looked around at one point and was awed by how everyone was glued to it. It is a very eclectic and amazing bunch (fistful) of weirdos. The conversations had and overheard before and after the show are something you don’t get in a lot of places. But at First Ave on a night with a show like this, people are on the same page (or at least the same section of the library) and you are likely to bump into a kindred spirit around every corner.

And I’m thankful I bumped into a lot of kindred spirits.  I met a lot of great people, hung out a bunch, and generally had a huge smile on my face all night.   I may have accidently hugged Scooter as well.  But that may have had more to do with multiple Black & Tans.

If I didn’t get a chance to run into you, sorry I missed you, but say hey here and let us know what you thought of the whole shindig.  And maybe I will see some of you at Jim Walsh’s book release party in November…..

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10 Comments

  1. scooterboy 25.Sep.07 at 10:33 am

    wolf, don’t play it off. you didn’t ACCIDENTALLY hug me.

  2. Smoo 25.Sep.07 at 10:52 am

    The copping of a feel removed any doubt.

  3. blasty 25.Sep.07 at 10:55 am

    Westernerds don’t shake hands…Westernerds gotta hug!!!!

  4. Jodi 25.Sep.07 at 11:20 am

    I witnessed this alleged ‘accident’ and let me tell you, it was no accident. Not at all. It was full on purposeful hugging complete with back-slapping.

  5. scooterboy 25.Sep.07 at 12:49 pm

    *tries to steer conversation back to the craft & such*

    if i may be so bold… i would like to second or third what i am reading elsewhere. the interview did sort of mildly suck; in that it was q-u-i-e-t, and not THAT engaging. still, i enjoyed it, but i was straining to hear what was being discussed. it isn’t a good thing when you have to really try to hear the discussion when the discussion in & of itself isn’t that great. not paul’s fault, really, but that is my observation. as others have noted, it might have been a better interview (or at least a more profane one) had his sister conducted it.

    the performances were great, though, and i have to say that the highlights (for me) were the bluesy reading of “world class fad”, and “wad(fan)”. also, i certainly didn’t expect to hear “dyslexic heart”, and it hit the spot. i think “wad(fan)” was my favorite, but it was odd to hear it without the awesome electric guitar.

    also & finally, sound off if that was you talking to me, girl in glasses. i hope your pictures turned out better than mine did.

  6. Jodi 25.Sep.07 at 3:05 pm

    Okay, I might be stupid. But it took me roughly 7 minutes to figure out what in the hell “wad(fan)” was.

    But I got it, What a Day (For a Night).

    Gah! That dude might have been telling me I am sharp, but clearly I am not.

  7. scooterboy 25.Sep.07 at 3:13 pm

    that dude was awesome. his g/f was soooooo patient with him.

  8. scooterboy 25.Sep.07 at 3:14 pm

    wadfan.

  9. Jodi 25.Sep.07 at 3:23 pm

    Someone needs to change their screenname to wadfan post haste.

  10. FreeRider 28.Sep.07 at 3:03 pm

    jeez, everything I’ve read says that it was a good time. I wish I had been out there to meet some of my fellow Westernerds but it’d be a long way to go just to have a few drinks and watch all of you leave for the show, leaving me so sadly, and not beautiful, drunk at the bar….

    do you think they purposefully kept the PA volume down so that it would force the audience to keep quiet so they could hear what was being said?