Monday, October 23, 2006

majesty snowbird.

'majesty snowbird' video taken by gorilla vs bear.

This is from the show at Austin's Paramount Theater on September 16th, 2006. We sat way way waay in the back but it was still amazing. It sounds corny to say it, but Sufjan Stevens may be my favorite singer/songwriter/musician/what-have-you. He paints amazing stories in his words and music, and like Andrew said, "every song has a purpose and a destination". It almost feels like in the quiet little moments if you close your eyes, Sufjan will come sit right next to you and describe your surroundings. And even the happy songs seem sad. Sufjan introduced himself as the 'Majesty Songbird' and his band as the 'Chinese Butterfly Brigade' (Soofs was wearing what appeared to be huge paper bird wings and his band butterfly wings). The Brigade was a fifteen-piece band comprised of horns, strings, toy pianos, etc. Sufjan jumped from banjo to guitar to piano. My Brightest Diamond, comprised of members of Sufjan's band, opened the show.

His set list was something like this:
The Lord God Bird
Casmir Pulaski Day
Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
Dear Mr. Supercomputer (abridged version)
To Be Alone With You
Majesty Snowbird
Seven Swans
(encore) Chicago

Not in that order at all. Amazing show. Life-changing, life-affirming, beautiful, surprising, suspenseful, sad, uplifting, hilarious, tragic, superb, flawless, flawed, mysterious, perfect, not long enough.

If you don't believe me, go to Europe and catch the rest of his tour. Or download his set from the Town Hall in NYC that here, at Ryspace.


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