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On the way to the babysitter’s this morning, I was listening to WFCL, as I nearly always do. (That’s the all-classical NPR affiliate here.) Vivaldi’s “Winter” began, but I quickly realized this was not an arrangement I had heard before. It was for strings and HARP.


Let me tell you–it was beyond impressive to hear the first section, Allegro non molto, played on a harp. (That’s the really fast part at the beginning.) I bet the harpist fingers were sore afterward, but wow, she was awesome. (Crappy sample on Amazon totally does not show off what I was talking about.)

And then Largo began and I realized this was it! This was probably EXACTLY what Vivaldi had in mind when he composed this piece. Largo on a harp just sounds right. I can’t explain it any better than that but it sounds the way it’s supposed to.

I missed most of the third section, Allegro, because I was inside dropping off the baby. But this thing was major enough that I had to share, even if only based on the first two-thirds of the composition.

If you live here, you’ve heard about the show ad nauseum by now. If you don’t live here, this is a great recap and you must watch the embedded video of the blind guitar player accompanying the band (using Bono’s his new guitar) on “All I Want Is You.”

This was, I’ve decided in the past 3 days, the best show I’ve ever seen. That said, I will not attend another big concert at Vanderbilt stadium anytime soon, as the facility (and its employees, honestly) is woefully inadequate to accommodate non-football-watching crowds.

>So Nashville Cream’s write-up of the Kings of Leon concert was characteristically pretty snarky but this was my favorite:

The crowd–who offered us a nice preview of the fall lines for Ed Hardy, Abercrombie and Juicy Couture–made us feel like we’d bathed in an ocean of douchedom: dudes high-fiving each other like they’re in the volley ball scene from Top Gun and sorority girls dancing like a 52-year-old virgin’s Second Life creations. Their reactions gave the band their Nickelback moment during “Sex on Fire,” their P.M. Dawn moment during “Notion” and their “Free Bird” moment during “Use Somebody.”


Actually, I take it back. I only thought that was the funniest. No, the indignant comments were even better. I usually don’t read comments from spelling- and grammar-poor trolls but I couldn’t pass them up, especially since the collective intelligence level of said comments were at least four or five grades higher than the average Tennessean commenter.

>Per Nashvillest, 5 1/2 hours ahead of schedule.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello (Solo)
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Band of Horses
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross

I saw many of these acts at Lollapalooza in August and this will be a tough event to miss. But as you know, I just don’t do camping.

>Check out U2’s cover of “I Believe in Father Christmas” over at MSN’s new (RED)Wire music launch.

>Changes at XM

>I’m NOT pleased that Beyond Jazz is going away.

>Thanks to the “younger and stupider” crowd at Thursday’s show as compared to the previous one, Girl Talk will likely not play Cannery Row again.

>Best birthday gift ever were the tickets that my sister gave me to Yo Yo Ma playing with the Nashville symphony.

The Tennessean covered Thursday’s concert. What struck me most, as was noted in the article, was his complete lack of ego. He was so demonstrative in his appreciation of the other soloists, particularly the first-chair violinist. It was amazing to watch.

And we were seriously sitting in the best two seats in the house. Even better than Ben Folds and I didn’t think that were possible.

>NIN on Halloween

>OK, so the website thing was a snafu. Nine Inch Nails is in fact playing Sommet on Halloween. Got my ticket in the presale. Didn’t get more than one, having been burned twice this year alone on that sort of thing, but luckily I know some people going so it’s all good.

Fourth show; second in two months!

>As you know, I went to Ben Folds playing with the Nashville Symphony last week. The Scene wrote about it here. My favorite quote from the article?

In attendance was a broad cross-section of Nashville’s white people. There were obvious NSO season-ticket holders in their Sunday finest—trophy wives in cocktail dresses and men in suits—and then there were the Folds fans. Though we saw the occasional hipster in spruced-up vintage threads, we also spotted flip-flops, cargo shorts and more T-shirts than you’d expect in a place with so much marble.

In addition to the fact that I like a Christian Lander allusion, the girl next to me asked, in all seriousness, whether the guy sitting on the other side of me was one of the Jonas brothers. I told her, “Well, that’s MY brother.” She said, “Oh, does he get that a lot?” I confessed to her that I didn’t know what a Jonas brother was. She gave me a look of shock, said, “REALLY???” and kept walking.

Later on I looked it up. That’s when I realized I should have given HER the crazy look. . . if she’d been such a huge fan and all, she would have realized the Jonas brothers were, at that very moment, attending the VMAs.

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