A summer evening.
Penn's Landing, Philadelphia.
It is hot, and oh so humid.
We - my mother, contrary74
, and I - are attending a free music festival.
The line-up, including Sonia Dada and Sarah McLachlan, makes braving the heat worthwhile.
At dusk, as the heat starts to make muttered promises of breaking, October Project takes the stand.http://www.last.fm/music/October+Project/_/Take+Me+As+I+Am
So many concert memories...so many involving my beloved Contrary. Having a stranger turn to ask me if I was Elionwyr. (He knew me from the Onix BBS staff pics.) Lying in the hospital, trying to get Contrary to accept the concert tix I'd purchased for us and take someone else to the show...and her telling me to shut up. Later, winning tickets to another show and the two of us attending - me giving away the passes I'd won to sit with the band on stage and blog about the experience (because hi, Gemini, and stage = scary, and the girls that received the passes had horrible seats, so this was more better)...the four of us being invited back stage, and Emil calling out, "Ok, so who
won the tickets?" and Contrary yelling, "DUSTI GET UP HERE!!!" because of course I was shy and letting everyone else go first...Mary, smoking and silent...Emil, taking the time to talk to me and upon hearing why I'd missed the last concert, asking if things were better now...
The band broke up, sorta - it splintered off into three different performing groups as Mary pursued a solo career, Marina started performing as December Girl, and Emil and Julie formed November Project. It was inevitable that October Project would reform.
And of course I dragged Contrary off to see them as the new incarnation. Marina now sang lead vocals and the previously-absent-songwriter Julie had backing vocals. The energy of the band and the music was more warm-and-fuzzy without Mary's passionate rocker-voice, and their kids were now in attendance. I remember begging my now-ex-husband to go to a show, for my birthday - I was willing to buy the tickets, I just wanted to share the music with him. It finally happened, with a bit less grace than I'd hoped. (If you are in my heart, I will drag you off to these types of small venue shows...October Project and Sophie B Hawkins are sorta traditional, I suppose.)
The band has broken up, again - I'm not sure what the current story or status is - and so I end with a video link. This is not my brain's favourite song, but oh, it's what is in my heart when I think of this band.
Return to me.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYhVJ0z6XI