I haven’t blogged in while and think I’d like to start again. I found this old post in my queue. The time frame is a few months old but the conversation still relevant.
Part of an email from my friend:
Not to make you any more jealous than you already are, but when/if you have the opportunity to see the Flaming Lips, I highly recommend it. It was one of the strangest concerts I’ve ever been to, really not so much a concert as a show, or an experience. I’m not sure if it’s as awe-inspiring as a lot of people seem to think, but it is really unique, and something worth checking out. I’ve been a fan of their music for a while (“The Soft Bulletin” is probably in my top 10), but it wasn’t really about the music at all, but about the event that was the show. Like I said, really unique.
Below is an email reply to Chris Massa, the aforementioned writer, as well as good friend and string arranger. We’re trying to figure out our schedules to get together and arrange more string parts. Apropos, we also started discussing the Flaming Lips show in Pittsburgh the other night which he attended and I did not (but wanted to). Thus starts my rambling:
…I appreciate your take on the Flaming Lips show. I would like to see them as I hear the performances are pretty amazing, but that is interesting to hear how much the music has taken a backseat to the show. It’s kind of like Britney Spears for hipsters…or is that Lady Gaga now? I read many of my friends’ Facebook posts that rendered it a euphoric experience. Good for them, I guess. You and I seem to measure our experiences with a bit more logic and pragmatism.
Still, I think Wayne and the gang are on to something. I think more and more bands are going to have to move more in this direction (if they haven’t, already). Our generation is hooked on lights and visual, movement and sensation. I have to think to keep people’s attention these days, strutting around the stage in tight pants isn’t enough.
With that said, I think I’ve pictured the project we’re working on as having a strong visual element as well, albeit based on WWII. But staging, lighting, movement, etc. would play a big part in the performance. I guess that makes sense, since I’m part of this generation too.
I think I might put this stream-of-consciousness on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration.
Where are you traveling to? I’m not sure you mentioned the destination before.
End of email.
It is interesting to listen to most people describe a concert experience they had. It’s mostly visual description and sometimes ‘they sounded EXACTLY like they did on the album, I loved it’.