Friday, August 18, 2006
Ray Should Always Be the Headliner
Dark Waters, 2006 (yesterday actually), Oil on Panel, 12x12
Doug and I went to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last night to see Ray LaMontagne, one of my very favorite singers perform. We saw him once before at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and he was amazing, not to mention endearingly uncomfortable onstage, so we were looking forward to this concert too.
Unfortunately there was quite a big difference in the audience this time than the last time we went to SPAC. We were out numbered by teens and young adults looking for fun and were surrounded by incredibly rude, hostile and loud people. The young girls in front of us kept flipping their long hair backwards into our laps to redo their ponytails, instant messaged all of their friends, talked on their phones and basically chattered through the whole thing. The worst though, were the two old-enough-to-know-better women behind us (row W, section 3, seats 105 and 107 to be exact), who literally talked at the top of their lungs, you know, SO THEY COULD HEAR EACH OTHER OVER THE MUSIC, and discussed their family histories, lack of good friends and other very personal issues. They only did this during the first four songs though, because Doug finally had had enough (I tend not to say anything in these kind of situations) and turned around to tell them to shut up, and the guy next to them, at the very same time told them to stop too. They were fairly quiet after that, though we could feel the daggers, until we left, when they felt compelled to then curse at us. There were also a few vomiting issues in the next section, which is a problem for everyone downhill, if you know what I mean. I think this is about the last large venue show for us. We are just too old to handle all of that crap and we left before the other band, Guster, whose audience this was, I'd say, based on the lack of interest around us in Ray's performance, came onstage. I have one of their albums and I like their music but we both were glad to head home early. Geez, I do sound old!
Despite all that, it was great to hear Ray singing. I totally connect to his music. His voice so full of passion and yearning and the lyrics are wonderful and-if I could write lyrics-express what I would like to say. I found this description of his voice that is a much better expression of it than I could ever come up with, so go check that out. He had more musicians onstage with him this time and he played some new music, including a great cover of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. His new album comes out in a few weeks and I am really looking forward to getting that onto my ipod for studio music.
I am delivering eight pieces to the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown today for a group show called Upstate Landscape. I literally painted all of these pieces this last week and glued them into the frames just this morning. Cut this one a bit too close I'd say, but there didn't seem to be any other way around it. The opening is on Monday evening from 5-7pm, just case you plan to fly into town for it. heh.