Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Glamourous Life of a Rock Star's Mom
I wonder if Jimi's mom had to sit through guitar recitals in a stifling church on a Sunday afternoon in June.
The nice thing was that hardly anybody showed up so we were out of there in record time, and besides it will be Eva's last one for a while as she's taking a break from guitar lessons next year. Andrew, who's been her teacher for the last two years, is starting university next year and getting the hell out of Dodge.
Good luck, Andrew - have a blast!

The first kid to play in our session was a drummer and damn he was good. He wailed on that thing, and I forgot where I was for a second and gave him a "wooo" when he finished. Is it illegal to woot in church? I don't know the etiquette.

And then when Eva went up to the front to play her pieces, I realised that I had let her wear her New Pornographers t-shirt into church. I am such a bad mother. I can only hope that everybody knew they are a band, but somehow I doubt it.

I may be a shitty, sacrilegious mom, but I can pick a crap band out with both hands tied behind my back. I bought a new NME on Friday and damn if it didn't have a free cd attached - NME Presents Festivals. Whoever usually rips those free cds off the magazines must have been away this week.
So I gave it a listen blind and was able to identify Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs - not all that hard - and had varied opinions on the other songs, but did immediately pick out two songs that absolutely reeked of garbage. Sure enough, when I checked the list later, guess who they were?
You got it - Panic at the Disco and Fall Out Boy. Well, at least they are consistent and so well branded that they are instantly recognisable.

But I did hear some good new songs. Here's a band that I don't know but I picked as one of the best new ones from the cd. This is Howling Bells playing Low Happening:


Anonymous said...

Because it wasn't a service, your "woo" was fine. These days, however, many churches deem it acceptable after musical presentations such as anthems during the service. It just depends on the church. In fact, at church this a.m. the pianist played a rousing piece for the prelude which when concluded was met with an appreciative applause.

hilary m. said...

Speaking of church music, I heard some lovely bells from Hillhurst United, or St. Barnabas or someting this morning. I adore church bells.

I remember a long while ago my dad brought home a New Pornographers cd, and I was kinda worried. But then I listened to it and it was all good.

Barbara said...

Good on Eva to stick to her guitar lessons. I know many many who do not.

Stephanie said...

probably wooting is especially appreciated in a church, for whatever reason you are wooting for

Allison said...

I'd say a woot is good, a double woot, perhaps not. although i've been to a couple of church services where a woot would have been the tamest thing said in the room...its the born-again crowd, and i say that with no disrespect, i marvel at their spirit. my people muster 'oy's' :)

chuck said...

psalm 100: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands..."

"woo..." sounds like a joyful noise to me

John Mutford said...

Did you see C.R.A.Z.Y.? (Great film) The "woots" led to "Sympathy For The Devil"- so I'd say your church got off just fine, all things considered.

Speaking of music, yeah I agree with your assessment of Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy I can stomach. Loved the Belle and Sebastian song you posted yesterday. Incidentally- the line about your daughter's guitar tutor getting "the hell out of Dodge" reminded me of Dog's Eye View's cover of "Dodge" originally by Vic Chestnutt and found on Sweet Relief 2. Do you know it? There's also believe it or not a good cover by Madonna and Joe Henry called "Guilty by Association"

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks for the etiquette lesson, Leazwell. I think this was a United church, so I bet they were pretty lenient. Guess I'm not going to hell just yet.

Church bells can be lovely, Hilary. When I travelled through Europe as a teenager, I remember never needing a watch because the bells chimed every quarter hour.
And eww, dads + pornographers = yuck! Fortunately it was just another example of your dad's great taste in music. Love the New Pornos!!!!

Well, she stuck with the lessons for 2 years, Barbara W. I figure she's lived up to her committment and have allowed her to take a break for next year.

I never thought of it that way, Stephanie - yeah, the powers that be probably did appreciate it.

"My people muster 'oys'" - oh Allison, you kill me! But I know what you mean, my people usually stick with 'tsk tsk'.
A holy roller service might be kind of cool to observe. I feel downright reserved with my little 'wooo' now.

Well there you go, Chuck! It was indeed said with joy so I do not expect to be struck down by lightening any time soon.

Oh yeah, John - the Sympathy for the Devil scene in C.R.A.Z.Y.! Wasn't that great? And a great film.
When I see the names Panic at the Disco and Fall Out Boy in the same paragraph as Belle and Sebastian, I immediately start singing the Sesame Street song "One of the these things is not like the others..." Have you heard B&S's new cd (The Life Pursuit)? Probably their best since If You're Feeling Sinister.
I don't know Sweet Relief 2 or any of the songs you mention. I must do some digging...

Anonymous said...

Funny. As for Wooing, I will quote Napolean Dynamite " Follow your heart, that's what I do!" Best to your Daughter and her musical aspirations!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Jacquie - I guess I've been going to too many concerts lately (not that I'm complaining) that I automatically react when I hear something I like. At least I didn't boo.

Will said...

Fantastic post. That was totally badass to let Eva wear the New Pornographers shirt in church. Cool points, indeed. What were Panic at the Disco and Fall Out Boy doing on the NME comp? If I know NME, I'd imagine that half the cd was Arctic Monkeys? I took guitar lessons, but never got to the recital stage. Hopefully Eva's got some more rock and roll motivation than I did.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Will, it wasn't so much badass, as it was that I didn't notice until it was too late. I'll still take the cool points though, thank you very much.
Now that you mention it, there were no Arctic Monkeys on the cd. Hmmm, maybe the month is over and it's time for a new flavour? You knew it had to happen sooner than later when NME had an article entitled "Children of the Monkeys" not long ago - I kid you not.
I never got to recital-phase in my short-lived flirtation with the guitar either. And I have the feeling Eva will soon be joining us in the ranks of music lovers who can't really play.

Will said...

Long live the music lovers who can't play.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Amen to that brother. We are supporting the industry, because if we could play, we'd just make our own music!

Anonymous said...

Oh churches are far too stuffy anyway, what's a little energy from the pews to get things going?

If I don't make Eva's first arena show you HAVE to promise to send me one of her band's t-shirts. I will likewise send you, um... something legal and NOT aromatic.

Just don't expect it to arrive given my luck with parcels that need to cross the border! That makes me sound like such a rebel, hah.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh MIchelle, the postal service has got its eye on YOU!
Eva would never do the arena thing, she's far too indie. But yes, merch will still be available, all of it certified not to send off triggers at the border.

phlegmfatale said...

LOVE this music.
Church needs more woot!s if you ask me. Imagine the glorious sheltered life one must lead if their worst problem in life is to see a kid with a NP t-shirt on in church. At the very least they were blessed with something with which to distract themselves from the real stress of life.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That is a good song, isn't it, Phlegmfatale?
In defence of the NP shirt, it DID have a teddy bear on it. And nobody objected, so...