Over the Easter break I dropped into Raw Sugar on Somerset, a little cafe with a consistently awesome lineup of bands cycling through their calendar. The band I was there to see were awesome (more about them later), but I was also very happy to discover a new band I really like – Tindervox. Kara Askwith’s dark guitar magic and moody vocals were really exciting, and Justin Black backed her up with fluid accompaniment.
Their set was a stripped down acoustic version of their usually very distorted power-chordy sound, which was good because at the tiny cafe we were sitting pretty much right on top of them. When I got home I looked them up right away, and I really dig their electrified sound too – I almost hope they release an acoustic album soon because their stuff sounds really amazing both ways. 🙂
Semi-related story – I met another Jason after the show who’d just purchased an album, and offered him a sharpie from my pocket to get it signed (because I once couldn’t find a pen anywhere at a Yamantaka concert and vowed it would never happen to me again). He looked at me like I was some kind of concert MacGuyver (I also had earplugs, just in case) and told me “You’re the kind of Jason I wish I was!“. I think maybe he was drunk. 🙂
Up until recently I’ve been mishearing the lyrics of Katy Perry’s Roar, which is disappointing because I was impressed by the cultural reference. What I heard was:
I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, a greek Caliope…
…and I was all like – Caliope from greek myth?! The muse of song, who’s presence inspires great arias? It must be so hard to inspire everyone else while holding back your own expression! I’m so impressed by this reference, Katy Perry! This is really deep and beautiful!
But the lyrics really go:
So I sat quietly, agreed politely.
Which just feels “meh”. To be fair, Katy Perry stretches and mauls “politely” to fit the stress and beat needs of the song. Caliope would have fit much better, and think of all the Classical Lit majors who would have become fans.
Caliope – Augustin Pajou, 1763
I had a couple of Beatles songs stuck in my head this evening, and it reminded me to look up this scene from the film Across the Universe, where T.V. Carpio basically runs away with the movie and sings the heck out of “I wanna hold your hand”. So much longing! Such a fantastic voice! This one song set the bar so high, the rest of the movie fell flat. The film never ultimately resolves the storyline of her unrequited love for her cheerleader friend, a few scenes later she turns up on a fire escape in NY where she’s relegated to quirky lesbian roommate.
I get a laugh out of the footballers in the slow-mo section who are doing pirouettes and somersaults over eachother… obviously their talent is wasted at a school without a gymnastics team. 😉
“Oh please, say to me, you’ll let me be your man. And please, say to me, you’ll let me hold your hand….”
A nice perk to my job is that on special occasions we have musical royalty drop by to play for us in the Hugette Labelle hall, which is really just a stairwell away from my office. Cellist Laurence Lesser took a break from teaching his cherry-picked class of highly gifted cellists at the New England Conservatory to grace us with a performance as part of his uOttawa visit. He’ll be doing lectures and working with music students here over the course of the next few days.
He opened with a trio sonata (no 16) by Handel, with Paul Marleyn and Fréderic Lacroix accompanying on cello and piano, and then performed Bach’s suite no 6 as a 6-part solo.
What a treat to see a master of their craft. Inspiring! (As a neat aside, it bears mentioning that his cello is a 1622 original – and he seems to know what he’s doing with it!)