Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up

On Friday night, we braved the heat to go to Wolf Trap for a Thao Nguyen / Sufjan Stevens concert. Reflecting our status as old people with disposable income, we got pleasant box seats to avoid warring with all of the fratty youngsters that show up on the lawn five minutes before the show and try to squeeze their blankets into a two square foot area. The view from the box and ease of access was definitely worth the added cost, and I would do it again.

The opening segment by Thao was okay -- good, quirky arrangements marred by a muddy sound mixing and forgettable lead vocals. Rebecca tried to get me into Thao when we first started dating, but I could never get over how off-key it sounded. Her voice has greatly improved over the years, but it's still not my favourite.

The Sufjan portion was very strong, full of creative energy that bordered on ridiculous. Usually when I listen to a Sufjan CD, it just sounds like a few members of the Early Renaissance Music Ensemble got lost during the parade, but the live show really pulled the music together. If the CDs were more like the live show, I'd definitely like them more. The only flaw in the production was the potentially migraine-inducing lights shined directly at the audience during every other song, which could be construed as either an artistic choice or a clever form of bootleg video prevention.

On Saturday night, we went over to the Smiths for leftover steaks and game night. We played a new game, Apotheca, which was good enough that I would consider buying a copy myself.

Sunday was, as usual, a chore day. We cleaned and realigned the treadmill and had a low-key but satisfying dinner at the V. We ended the day with the first episode of the second season of Fargo, which looks like it's going to be good.

How was your weekend?

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