Sunday, November 1, 2009
Jonathan Richman - a new generation won over
I've just suffered through a miserable week or two with no computer access, no trip to England in the school holidays after all and a very sick daughter (so it was just as well the trip was a non-starter) - both computer and child now restored to health! The one ray of sunshine amongst all this was the appearance of Mr. Jonathan Richman one Friday evening in a small bar just off the Reeperbahn. Messrs sourpus and TB had whetted my appetite, so I took TheBoyWonder along with me (2 tickets for this gig still cost less than just 1 ticket for his band of choice, the Fray, playing in the venue downstairs a couple of days earlier).
We were treated to just over an hour of Jonathan Richman, his strapless guitar, a couple of percussion instruments and Tommy the drummer (and I use the word 'treat' deliberately).
The above video is from a different gig, but it was Sam's favourite song of the evening. I was really chuffed when he turned to me at the end of the gig and said "Mum, that's just what I want to do, play music to an audience all my life and still be enjoying it when I'm old" (well, there is a 44-year age difference between the two of them).
My favourite song was this one (again, recorded at a different gig):
And now I need to find enough time to catch up on all I've missed on this wonderful blog (and I mean that most sincerely folks - I really missed you all!)