tanthalas wrote:Heh, I'm not big a fan of the keychestra for Blue Caravan either. I think it takes more away from the song than it adds to it.
Love seeing St. Stephen's Cross on the setlist regardless of whether I'm there or not.
Thanks for the setlist and the detailed recap!
Michele wrote:They have the nicest smoking patio I've ever seen, complete with a BBQ grill.
Michele wrote:My blah over hearing Blue Caravan Yet Again comes from the use of keychestra. Yes it's been cool to see and hear...but I feel it distracts from the song.
Michele wrote:I love the way The Breaking Light builds up.
Michele wrote:My Medea is so badass now. I mean it has always been beautiful and dramatic, but now we're talking full on electronica and pain. I think the intro's gotten a few trills and backward loops since Denver but I'll have to recheck.
Michele wrote:St. Stephen's Cross was a request by the merch volunteer and it booted Recessional from the setlist. They hadn't played it in a while...
Michele wrote:Yes, even Harbor, the other Yet Again song, but tonight I was into it, mostly because Vienna was too.
Fred wrote:Not familiar with smoking patios. I infer it's a place people smoke at intermission without having to go out on the street. Is it a California thing, or just something I've never noticed because I don't smoke? What's the significance of having a BBQ grill there?
Fred wrote:Michele wrote:I love the way The Breaking Light builds up.
Is that the official title now?
Michele wrote:...Vienna talked about how people will ask what kind of music they play, and they end up giving an awkward long hypenated answer...
Michele wrote:I didn't really think much of the banter during the show, but typing it all out afterward I realized there was a whole lot of it...
After the show, Vienna was gracious enough to sign my Warm Strangers songbook. Amid nervous mumbles (again!), I gave her some gifts, but also brought along a gag-gift. I thought it’d be totally lame to give it to VT, but was relieved when she threw her head back and laughed at the parasite plush doll. Nerdiness ensued. :p
Kalenabear wrote:Also, the audience is always so varied at VTAW shows...
Kalenabear wrote:Before they started Are You Listening, Vienna told the audience that she was yielding the keyboard to Alex. In return, Alex quipped that he would yield the cajon to Vienna. This begged a “Oh, don’t get their hopes up.” chuckle from Vienna.
Kalenabear wrote:...for the newborn whiskey and wine glass song, Vienna had some trouble getting sound to emit from the wine glass rim...
Kalenabear wrote:Not to sound sappy or philosophical, but I guess this is why I still came to the show, despite what others told me about it being “another Vienna Teng show?!” I knew in the back of my mind that there was no such thing as a duplicated live performance. That the setlist and performance would never be the same; the banter; the community; the small talk within that community. We were all bound together by music, if only for one night, in the shared experience of a unique, ephemeral performance. That’s the power of live shows.
Kalenabear wrote:I thought it’d be totally lame to give it to VT, but was relieved when she threw her head back and laughed at the parasite plush doll.
Fred wrote: My Medea seems to be the sub for Gravity in recent sets, which is fine with me. It's nice that Vienna can rest Gravity when she's at a venue where she expects lots of longtime fans, which seems to be what she is doing. This career juncture is an ideal time for her to cycle through some of her earlier material and re-think it, as she is doing (beautifully) with My Medea.
Kalenabear wrote:B-b-but, I lurve Gravity!
Kalenabear wrote:Let's have all of them on there and get longer shows! Hehe, if only...
Kalenabear wrote:I was also going to comment about the keychestra...I think one poster hit it on the head: bigger venues disperse the jangling so that it creates a nice ambience. Smaller venues are too intimate to concentrate on both VTAW's orchestrations and loud jingles.
Kalenabear wrote:Bits and pieces:
Toward the end of Nicole Eva Emery’s set, she mentioned that she was still a newbie to live shows. (Though, she’s really quite a talent! She’s got that smokey, but edgy gal-at-the guitar badassery down.) She felt that she was still new to the banter in between songs and was at a loss for how to describe us. “What’s another word for [I forgot what adjective she used]? C’mon, you guys are smart. You’re Vienna fans, you have to be nerdy and smart.”
Kalenabear wrote:As usual, Vienna used one mic for vocals and another that was connected to her looper. In No Gringo (or was it St. Stephen’s Cross?), after she had gathered her looping notes, Vienna proceeded onto the intro of the song. With one hand still playing, and without taking her eyes off the keyboard, she then pushed the looper’s microphone so that it swung away from her. Hmm, I know...it was such a small, subtle thing, but it made VT really rocksta’ in my eyes. Maybe you had to be there to see the devil-may-care action.
Kalenabear wrote:Amid nervous mumbles (again!), I gave her some gifts, but also brought along a gag-gift. I thought it’d be totally lame to give it to VT, but was relieved when she threw her head back and laughed at the parasite plush doll. Nerdiness ensued. :p
Kalenabear wrote:It was great to see you, Michele and Erik! Thanks for saying 'hi'! Didn't know that you knew who I was, but I spotted you two right when I walked in.
Kalenabear wrote:By the way, what are your guys' thoughts on the venue?
Fred wrote:Tengfest 2012, Ann Arbor.
Scot wrote:Thanks for the setlist, Erik. I hope you or M. recorded?
Scot wrote:Personally, I'll be remembering 11Mar for other reasons, having been in Japan then...
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