Here are three things that happened at the She & Him concert Beth and I went to on Saturday night. These are three things that have never happened before in my long and storied concert-going career:
#1 – Front Row Seats – Beth and I had seats in the front row. I have no idea how she managed to score such prime real estate, but our seats were absolutely amazing. M. Ward was about 12 feet away and there was nothing/nobody between me and him. The she in She & Him was a bit further away, but still so close that I probably could’ve hit her with Sailor Babo had I felt like tossing him up onstage. Well done, Beth.
#2 – Doing What the Musician Tells Me to Do – A lot of musicians try to get the audience to sing certain parts of their songs. It’s one of those I’ll-sing-this-part-and-you’ll-sing-that-part-things. This isn’t entirely bothersome to me as it can sometimes produce a pretty sound, but I have never participated in these sing-a-longs. Ever. Well, I found it absolutely impossible to refuse when Zooey Deschanel requested that I (and the others, I guess) sing the “well alright” and “it’s okay” parts in the song “In the Sun”. I wanted to stay all stoic and cool, but I just couldn’t. I sang “well alright” and “it’s okay” along with everybody else. I must admit it was kind of fun.
#3 – Clapping When I’m Supposed to Clap – This one is closely related to #2. You know how sometimes the audience starts up a clapping rhythm or someone onstage starts clapping and everybody claps along in time? Well, I don’t do that. I usually stick my hands in my pockets or cross my arms and scowl. It’s just how I am. Well, once again, I couldn’t refuse Zooey’s request to clap in time during the last song of their main set, “Sweet Darlin'”. I kept a close watch on M. Ward’s clapping so I’d be sure to stay in rhythm and not create a situation where I’d clap out of time with everybody else. That would be embarrassing. That’s pretty much why I’ve always avoided that group clapping-thing. I’d hate to find out that I lacked the necessary rhythm to participate. I can’t dance. What if it turned out I couldn’t clap either? Well, I can. I proved it tonight. I clapped right along with everybody else and nobody pointed and made fun. It turns out I’m a good clapper.
But anyway, this was an amazing show. Beautiful venue. Fantastic seats. Great song selection. The best concert-going partner around. She & Him at the 5th Avenue Theatre was our fourth concert in the last four nights and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it’s the best of the bunch.
Here’s the setlist:
Main set: I Was Made For You/Over It Over Again/Black Hole/Thieves/Lingering Still/Me and You/Take It Back/Home/Change Is Hard/I Thought I Saw Your Face Today/You Really Got a Hold on Me/Brand New Shoes/You Turn Me On I’m a Radio/Magic Trick/Gonna Get Along Without You Now/In the Sun/Ridin’ in My Car/Don’t Look Back/This Is Not a Test/Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?/Sweet Darlin’
Encore: Fools Rush In/Rave On!/Roll Over Beethoven
We hit our fifth concert in five nights tomorrow. We’re driving to Portland to see one of the three musicians still left on my Top Ten Concerts to See list. Stay tuned for more…