Friday, August 27, 2010

You turn me on, I'm a radio

Last night I was about 10 feet away from Zooey Deschanel, and at points in the night the same distance from M. Ward. Of course this can only mean one thing--That's right. Last night I saw She & Him! I went with my dear friend Heidi, neither of us had gone to any of the previous Twilight concerts and weren't sure how early to go--but the website said to get there early and we are both short--so we went early, got a pizza at Settebello (Have to give a shout-out to my cousin Joel for introducing me, good taste just runs in the fam) and then ended up waiting TWO hours. I think we may have been a little overzealous, but we had a decent view.

I feel like I have a lot to say, but maybe just because I read a terrible review of the show that I completely disagree with. First of all the author spent most of the article comparing this last Twilight show to the first, which was played by Modest Mouse--anyone else thinking apples and oranges here? He also called the performance "lackluster" and said that all it inspired was chatter from the audience, but I would have to say that from where I was standing it was the audience that was lackluster. But a lot of that had to do with the fact that the show was free and a lot of people were there just to get a look at Zooey and didn't care about the auditory experience. like the guys behind us who kept talking about how they were going to marry her despite, as Heidi pointed out to the, the fact that she is already married.
We actually weren't supposed to take pictures--supposedly Matt is shy--so I tried a couple without my flash, but then I saw that they weren't enforcing. But I did end up with this psychedelic picture.

I was really surprised by the songs I enjoyed most since many of them aren't my favorites of the album, but that's one of the things I love about seeing band live. "Sentimental Heart" has never been one of my favorites, but I fell in love with it last night. I favored the slower, more soulful songs where I feel Zooey's beautiful alto really shines. In part, this is also because one of my pet peeved is when people sing along loudly at concerts, and a lot of the peppier songs encouraged that.

I also think that if they did an album of covers, people would eat it up (especially me). They had a bunch of really great ones including: "Wouldn't it be nice", "Fools Rush in", "Roll over Beethoven", and the Joni Mitchell song that inspired the title of this post "You turn me on, I'm a radio". They also did a couple M. Ward song ("Magic Trick" and "Rave on") and it was really great to hear more of the "him".

The show made me love both She & Him even more, but I was especially impressed with Deschanel's musical prowess (She played a mean keyboard on "Roll over Beethoven", had the cutest ukulele, and is an excellent whistler. Along with the whole singing and songwriting thing of course). Despite the crowd I loved the show.


Heidi said...

overzealous is probably a word well used.

Kirs said...

haha and I think I am overzealous a LOT.

m. said...

Oh my, you were standing somewhere much better than I.
Your statements are true, it was a great show with overly confident males who never stood a chance.

Sarita said...

So jealous of this. And even though Im not there to enjoy the Twilight concerts anymore am a little sad that they have gotten so big. I have fond memories of showing up whenever, finding a spot on the grass and still being able to see. And have plenty of room to dance.

And it's true, Joel does have good taste.