Friday, May 25, 2007

Live & In Concert: Brandi Carlile

Back before Brandi Carlile let all of Utah know she was going to be tagging along with the Indigo Girls at Red Butte Gardens this June, the closest she was going to get was Boise. And she was doing a free concert there. Once I discovered tickets on Southwest were just $49 each way, I knew what I had to do. I had to pay her a visit.

So I set it up. Wednesday was spent in Boise (along with my friend with the long list of Boise connections, Linda) jogging a few miles through downtown (an area they proudly call DoBo) while sightseeing, napping intermittently in the perfect sunshine, climbing a huge mountain of sand called Camel’s Back to see Boise in all its glory and, well, generally enjoying a near-perfect summer’s day in a place I’d never enjoyed all that much.



The crowning event, of course, was Brandi.

I knew she would sound good live. I knew she’d rock as much as she cooed into her microphone. I didn’t know, however, that I would be front and center, making almost uncomfortable eye contact with her during her slow songs. People claim she’s a lesbian, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. Maybe I was just too hopeful to face facts? Regardless, I ended up tapping into the two good manners I have and intermittently looking away, just so I could appear polite. But there was some looking on her part … that’s the truth.

More importantly, she made the hairs on my neck stand up when she hit the raspy-growly notes on “The Story.” She never really missed a note all night. And her short list of covers was impressive (Dylan, Cash, Cohen). In fact, when she concluded with her encore performance of “Hallelujah,” I’m fairly certain I went slack-jawed. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone sing a song so purely. It was divine.

Luckily, I made a devoted fan out of Linda. I didn’t stick around in the long line to tell Brandi about how I wanted her to come home with me and sing me lullabies every night before bedtime, but I’m pretty certain she would have complied after our mutual stare-out contest during the show. It was that next natural step. But it’ll have to wait until Red Butte.

In keeping with the theme of Best Summer Ever, the night wound down with eating a dessert called Naked in a Bed of Chocolate while on a restaurant patio (delish!), pontificating on the meaning of life while in a hot tub with a strange smell and sleeping in new friend Jacob’s back yard. After the laughing died down and we all took it upon ourselves to stop with the sleeping bag steamrolling, I believe we got, oh, three hours of sleep total? 3.75 if you count the airplane ride home. Felt like a slumber party.


(This photo will never get old for me, just like taking photos of people when they least expect it won't. Flashes in the dark capture faces that will sometimes make you cry tears of laughter. Once this one was taken, my face was covered with the happy tears. Wow. It's a good thing she'll never see this, though. She'd never let me live it down.)

You know, there’s just something about this summer. It will surpass all previous summers for fun, I think. I feel it in my creaky bones. Thank you, Brandi, for being part of that.


Also …
I think all plane tickets to anywhere in the US of A ought to be $49 each way. If that was the case, I swear I’d take more random day trips to unknown cities to take in my favorite pretty musicians more regularly. Hear that, Delta? Make it happen. The explorers await your word, and other airlines will follow suit.

12 comments:

bechtold clan said...

ah- so jealous....live music anytime anywhere

plainoldsarah said...

you have a serious point about $49 tickets. i would sooooo travel many more places.

Sarita said...

jealous. but red butte here I come.

Sherpa said...

Ah, the girls and brandi. That's a goodtime in salt lake town.

Boise is lovely..its one of the towns I'm trying to relocate to.

Sherpa said...

Oh and that 49 idea? I would adore that! So many cities I haven't visited yet, and then there's the pesky fact when I come home to Utah 2x a year, my time is monopolized by my family. If it was cheaper to go out, I could just spend more time hanging out with my friends on the Wasatch Front...and flying in to see Jack and Meg.

Dainon said...

Fly into see Jack and White anyway. Fer real. I'll save you a seat. And I think they'd be glad that you came.

bestsariah said...

Your friend in the funny picture has beautiful skin.

aisy said...

the summer is only beginning... i wonder what all the dainon adventures will be...

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k8 said...

$49 each was would mean i would probably miss church for the rest of the summer ; )

Sherpa said...

I'm going to look into flights now. My baby bro intro'd the Stripes to me way back when, I should take him as a graduation present.

Melanie said...

Haha. You posted the photo (hold on that should be in italics) photo. I can see why it inspired such a laugh.