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Dept. of Music and Joy

For Your Listening and Dancing Pleasure

I haven't been around much lately, which I'd like to correct, if for no other reason than how much fun I had in March, posting as often as I could. But work and the world have conspired to numb my mind to the point where I can't think of anything worthwhile to say. I can't even muster witty 140 character aphorisms, much less substantial essays (or even frivolous diary entires.) My online activity has been confined to playing online games or watching YouTube videos. 

Today, as I was browsing YouTube, I ran into some Peter Gabriel videos. Two of them just made my heart leap, and I have to share them with you. 

I've always liked, and often loved, Gabriel's work, although I have none of his albums. His writing, his voice (from clear in his youth to rough and husky now), his life choices and his beliefs, all resonate with me. For all that, however, I know very little about his full body of work. I wasn't aware of the tour from which these two videos were taken, but they drew me in immediately. I love how much he integrates dance and motion into his performances here (and, having checked out a few more videos out of curiosity after having seen these two, it's pretty clear to me that he has long done that).

And the joy that emanates from everyone onstage is absolutely infectious. Sure, it's a performance and sure, it's altogether possible that everyone was just acting. But I don't think so. 

(Also? Tony Levin! And Paula Cole has a voice that doesn't quit.)

ETA: I'm not sure the first one will show up in this post for some reason, but you can watch it YouTube if it doesn't show up here. 











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eaweek
May. 7th, 2017 02:35 pm (UTC)
OMG, I adore PG, just love him so much. I highly recommend getting his work on CD and in chronological order, to see how it evolved over time.

I've seen him in concert three times, including when Paula Cole was his backup singer. Bliss! And on his tour in... 2002, I think, his daughter Melanie was his backup singer. His music videos are also funny and thought provoking. And the human rights work he's done is really commendable. An all around mensch.
kaffyr
May. 7th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
You are a lucky woman! And I didn't know he had a daughter who was also a singer; I learn something new every day. Thanks!
eaweek
May. 8th, 2017 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if his daughter is "a singer" per se (as in an artist in her own right), but she has a lovely alto voice, and she complimented her dad beautifully. It was funny--the band was onstage, and I was watching everyone, and thinking that his backup singer looked an awful lot like Peter. And then he introduced the band (as he always does) and pointed her out simply as "Melanie." It was really very sweet.

I first saw PG on the "So" tour in 1986 (I was in college)--what seems to amazing about the show in hindsight was how cheap it was--$30, and that included my ticket, my share of the rental car/ gas, and dinner at McDonald's after the show. The show was incredible. I knew almost nothing about him, so when he threw himself into the crowd during "Lay Your Hands on Me," I almost died!

I next saw him on the WOMAD tour in 1994, doing a cut-down version of the 1993 Secret World show (which I sadly was not able to get tickets for). He played for about 45 minutes. Midnight Oil was on the same bill.

The third time was in Boston in 2002 on the Growing Up tour. It was a great show, if not as good as the first two. The hilarious thing was wandering around the Boston Garden before the show, in a sea of other white thirty-and-forty-somethings. It was alike a college reunion. I kept expecting to run into people I knew. : )
kaffyr
May. 8th, 2017 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ah, the good old days, when you could actually do a quality night of entertainment for that kind of money. I know we sound like old folks, but in those ways, the good old days really were the good old days.

eaweek
May. 8th, 2017 07:10 pm (UTC)
Granted, I was making $4 an hour as a work-study student in those days, so $30 was approximately a week's wages for me, give or take. But yeah--tickets were around $15. Four of us went, so the cost of the rental car was divided four ways, and I think my share of it came to around $10. Throw in five bucks for dinner at McD's when the show was over (we all had the munchies from spending three hours inhaling pot smoke), and that was a night out.

The funny thing was that I had a huge exam in biology the next morning, so I had to start studying for it well in advance of the concert. The morning of the exam, I skipped my 8:30 sociology class to finish reviewing my notes. I got a pretty good grade on the test, too--a very solid B, if I remember correctly.
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