Friday, October 9, 2009

Flashback Friday: Metaphors For...Whatever

This post was originally written on December 11, 2006 for my now defunct Movie Geek Boy blog.

Stream of conscious observations from the Trey Anastasio show at the Wiltern last night:

I noticed that the crowd seemed older and more polished than the usual Trey Anastasio/Phish crowd. Maybe it's because it was an LA crowd. Or maybe we're all just grown up now. I usually have trouble wrangling anyone to go with me to a show, so I'm there by myself. It can be a cool experience going to a concert by yourself. It's pretty easy to meet people and strike up conversation at these kinds of shows. If not, the people-watching is always fascinating. Sure enough, I start talking to a vaguely Winona Ryder-ish woman, whom I immediately pegged as an aspiring actress even before she told me so, and a graying man who was none so subtle in his attempts to pick up this woman. They proved to be a constant source of entertainment for me. At one point, she leans over to me and says, "The music is, like, a metaphor for...whatever" in a way that suggested that she really, really meant it.

The show was killer. One of the best I've seen in a long time. It ended when each member of the band grabbed a cowbell and along with the horn section, began to march and play their way up the aisle through the theater. I was standing on the aisle and soon enough, Trey and the band marched up beside me. When they passed, we followed the band through the lobby of the theater, outside into the street and up the block where they finally disappeared into their tour bus. They never stopped playing the whole time. For a minute it reminded me of a musical like Fame, where everyone pours out into the streets, dancing together. It was a very cool thing to be a part of.


ZenMom said...

Phish shows are always a unique and amazing experience. :)

Your escalator operator said...

That is an all-time great line. It reminds me of one of the stories on a network news broadcast the day Kurt Cobain died. Some very distraught young woman - maybe the same one you met at Phish - was saying why she was so sad about his death. I'm going to be off by a word or two, but basically it was: "He stood for what our generation stands for, which is ... nothing."

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Zen...They are, which is why I love them.

YEO...It was so surreal when she actually said it, cause she really, really meant it. You just can't make this stuff up.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Ummmm... I don't know who Phish is.

I'm sorry.

But the experience does sound really fun! :)