Friday, May 07, 2010

Love & Joy on a Spring Evening

The time has come for me to discuss the concert I went to last month (this was where I saw the TV monitors that were placed over the urinals; I wonder if the women has these as well or if they were shit outta luck). Way back in 1993, I was friends with a cool girl named Candy; it was platonic, she had a boyfriend at the time. While visiting at her apartment one evening, she placed a cassette in the stereo she had. It was by the Indigo Girls.



Back then, I was exclusively into country music, but something about these two dames and their silly folk music appealed to me, so it wasn't long before I bought the cassette myself.

A couple months ago, I was in the break room at work and saw that the Girls were gonna be in town in late April. I was not at all familiar with their music post 2002, but after thinking about it some, decided that I'd like to see them if I could get reasonably good seats. Tickets were to go on sale Friday morning, but I was working that day. What to do?

I noticed on Ticketmaster's website that there would be a special pre-sale for radio station listeners. I headed to the station's site and got the password. The pre-sale had been going on for about an hour already, but surely the seats still open would be better than what would be available on Friday. I was able to get a seat in the 9th row on the floor. Not bad. Being Ticketmaster, there were a shitload of fees, but hey, it's better than going downtown and getting them.

A couple years after I got into the Girls, I found out they were lesbians. Some chick in a college newspaper had mentioned this. For years, I thought they were a couple until I recently found out that they have other partners, not each other.

It was so nice to be going to a concert in town, no driving to the Minneapolis area. I knew there would be a lot of women at the show, probably some lesbians as well. As I prepared to enter the concert hall, I saw my old psychiatrist, Dr. Smick; she had started prescribing me happy pills in 1993, the same year that I first got into the Indigo Girls. This is what Carl Jung would call a synchronicity. I guess it pays to be a doctor as she had front row seats. I also noticed a lady in the front row who used to be a co-worker of mine. She said one day, a couple years ago, that she'd seen the Girls in the Twin Cities the night before. She was a repeat offender.

Overall, there were about 2 girls for every guy there. In the lobby, there was some kind of thing that one could sign up for to get a GLAAD-type publication. And, indeed, there were quite a number of gals who favored the fairer sex there. As the show progressed, a lady in front of me put her arm around the woman next to her. On my left, a young woman put her hands on the lap of the lady she'd come with. Whenever the Indigo's alluded to being gay, there was a cheer that came forth from the balcony as if to say, GirlPower!! (here's a link to illustrate what I'm talking about). This, I thought, is the way it should be, people expressing who they are and loving whomever they wish.

6 comments:

Rocketstar said...

Thomas, you should have been stoning those lesbians to death as Leviticus directs you to, blasphemy!

Their first album has to be one of the top 20 best albums of all time. I had a huge crush on the dark haired one for a long time. She was the first in a long line of crushes I had on lesbians. Current lesbian crush is Rachel Maddow of course.

Woudln't it be nice if people focused on the love and not what some adults do behind closed doors.

Rocketstar said...

Oh, you never said, how was the show?

Thomas said...

Rocket, great to hear that you're familiar with their music. Some may say it's pointless to have a crush on a lesbian as there's no way that your desires could ever be fulfilled, as if the women who go nuts for Tom Cruise have any shot at the guy.

As for the show, I liked it best when they did songs I was most familiar with (tracks from '92-'95), but the rest was also pleasing. The crowd thought it was adorable whenever the Girls said, "Y'all". Definitely worth going to.

Extra Ordinary Me said...

Right on, man... right on. Celebrate love! :-)

SilverNeurotic said...

When I was young, I had a tendency not to watch the last few minutes of movies. I liked being able to make up my own endings. Books too.

Narkissos said...

rock's comment rocks as always.....hahaha...
glad you enjoyed the show tom.....
I think most men (at least the men in my life) feel some sorta attraction towards lesbians....
and you're right, luv, luv and more luv....."pluck yew" to society, church, dogma..and woteva....