Apparently March is no-update month for me. Sometimes I need to take a break from writing just to give my ideas (and words) a chance to replenish themselves…
Last night Teresa and I went to see Missy Higgins at The Fillmore. The opening act, Lenka, was great—she was very entertaining and her music was catchy and fun. Justin Nozuka played next and left us thoroughly underwhelmed. I’d never heard of him before the concert. There were quite a few teeny-boppers there to see him (screaming in shrill voices), and Teresa and I were amused when he announced that one song was inspired not by Johnny Cash, but by the movie Walk the Line.
Missy, of course, was fantastic. She played a lot of my favorite songs, including “Any Day Now,” and a many others that I appreciated in a new way hearing them live. She can really rock out when she wants to. We were standing about 10-15 people from the stage (we moved up after the screaming preteens cleared out). She ended the set with “Steer,” and when she finished the lights and background music came back on and people started to filter out (including the tall, obnoxious guy in front of me who kept blocking my view trying to record things on his cell phone, and the couple next to us who spent three-plus hours making out). The people around me were exchanging confused looks and saying “Really? No encore??” So we stayed and cheered until they turned the lights back off and Missy reappeared. She explained that they generally don’t do encores, but since this was the last night of their tour she’d play us another. Then she asked which song we wanted—”Freebird?”—and they broke into “Eye of the Tiger,” just kidding around. “What are you guys in the mood for? Something upbeat, or a ballad…?” People shouted pretty loudly for “Special Two,” so that’s what she ended with. There weren’t very many of us left by that point, and basically… it was pretty sweet.
In other news, my friend Kristin came to visit this past weekend from JVC Northwest. I took off work Friday and we went to Berkeley and crashed UC Berkeley’s birthday party, getting free cupcakes in the process. Afterward we rode a cable car to Ghirardelli Square and walked to Fisherman’s Wharf, where we saw the seals and stalked the bush man and danced to a steel drum band playing Bob Marley. Saturday it was raining so we walked around the Mission and plundered the pirate store at 826 Valencia (freaking AWESOME), before going to the Nile Café for hookah on Saturday night. We spent Sunday walking around the Haight and Golden Gate Park, and we went to see the bridge and tried not to blow away in the CRAZY wind. There was also Scrabble and tea and an anti-war protest that turned into sort of an all-purpose protest… All in all it was a fun and busy weekend, and it was great to see Kristin again and swap JVC stories.
…And now you are more or less caught up :~)