|it's just the ching-a-ling. just the ching-a-ling.
||[Jun. 12th, 2006|01:40 am]
|||||lotr - trotk (playing in the background)||]|
yesterday was fairly eventful. toni and i went down to the arts festival at the point to see tom verlaine play. he was the guitarist and main songwriter for the band, television. they were an awesome proto-punk band in the mid-late 70's and early 80's. he still sounds the same, and his new songs are really good. very similar to his television material only with more guitar solos and more effects pedals. that's what i like. he is one of my guitar heroes. not because he's spectacualarly, technically good (in fact, he messed up quite a few times last night). but he plays interesting things. i think i'm kinda like that. he was a big influence on me and two sexy beasts. maybe that's obvious, maybe not. tj and i, at least, listened to them all the time.
one thing that did bother me about the show last night was all the hecklers. "come on, tom. play some of that old stuff!" "play friction/venus de milo/marquee moon/etc." i think if i were still performing in my fifties and people only wanted to hear songs i wrote thirty years before, i'd be quite offended. i mean, i would hope that my playing and songwriting abilities would be somewhat more refined by then, so that i would be prouder of the newer material. but tom verlaine handled the hecklers pretty well. he just looked out at them with a smirk and said "i think youve got the wrong band," and went into one of his newer songs.
i must confess that i did want to hear television songs last night. but that's because those are the only ones i know. i am really impressed with what he's doing now. and i really respect him for not bowing to pressure from fans and just playing what they want.
after that we went to a party on cedarville. i got to talk to some folks i havent seen in a long while. and i made out with tj in front of toni. she said it was hot. he used a lot more tongue than i was expecting. and we're both pretty stubbly. it was pretty good, though.