Friday, June 13, 2008

My brother lives my dream.

Had I had my druthers, I would be at Bonnaroo this weekend. As far as music festivals go, it had all the best bands, so ... if I had $200+ to drop on a ticket and I'd been able to fly there and back for under $300 and I had a week of vacation time to spare and had I wanted to sleep on the ground and eat churros and hot dogs for four days in a row ... then maybe I'd have gone to that one. Must sees would have been, oh, Robert Plant with Alison Krauss, My Morning Jacket, Broken Social Scene, Ghostland Observatory and, well, a couple others.

Instead, my little brother is there. He is my eyes and my ears. Sort of. Thus far, he has sent a solitary text message, when he was supposed to be giving me the play by play. It was all about how Vampire Weekend ended Day 1 and played four new songs. And he sounded ridiculously happy. Guess it was worth the 28-hour drive to Tennessee to get there, the one he thought he'd do straight through, no stops.

Still, having been in similar situations before, I get cranky and tired at about the day-and-a-half mark. The old man in me wakes up and complains about his bad back and the cold and the rain on his tent and how too many other campers are partying too far into the night when I'm trying to get some freaking sleep already! And, well, the same old man usually wins and leaves early, no matter how many amazing bands are supposed to end things. In my eyes, a four-day Woodstock Fest is about three days too long.

All things considered, I'm glad he's there instead of me. Let's say he's living the dream I would have had 10 years ago, when I was still full of vim and vigor. And, since he's exactly 10 years younger than I, things are exactly as they should be.

Sunday's text reads this way: "Dude didn't you try to get me to go to a Ghostland concert? They are freakin sweet! They're my new favorite band"

He means Ghostland Observatory, o'course, and, well, see why you should listen to your elders? See?!? Maybe now he will. At long last.


plainoldsarah said...

i think you introduced me to allison and robert. i just might have to say their album is my favorite of the year - not sure when it came out - but i bought it a couple months ago and still just LOVE it. thank you.

Dainon. said...

That brings a smattering of joy to this lil music share'er's heart.

tim & brandi said...

So are you giving up on festivals permanently?? I thought I had after last years Sasquatch and being almost 8 months pregnant (and 32 years old), but somehow we've mustered up the courage to make it out to Lollapalooza in Chicago in August. I'm a little nervous for day 3, but Radiohead should be oh so worth it.


Dainon. said...

I'd hate to give them up and have to eat my words later (Bumbershoot still looms as a possibility), so I won't say "no" forever. It is, however, easy to be cranky about something I couldn't possibly get to, no matter how hard I tried.

Radiohead? Forget my bro. YOU, dear woman ... YOU live my dream.