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Loreena McKennitt concert was, as expected, faboo (as was getting to see neonhummingbird and iingaartist). A few things were new to me, as I don't yet own An Ancient Muse and have previously only heard a few songs. Great mix of new and older material (mostly The Visit and later), hitting almost all my favorites. Would have been nice to hear "All Souls Night" or "Standing Stones," but definitely no complaints. The lighting and simple set were atmospheric and worth watching without overwhelming the music.

At one point somebody hollered out "Happy Beltane!" to which she responded in kind and wondered if anyone had a maypole handy. *g* I was wondering if we were going to have a concert on Beltane without "Huron Beltane Fire Dance," but it ended up being the first of the two encores, and a rollicking jam it was.

Wow, the lady can ramble when she gets started talking about songs instead of singing them! I'm still trying to make the connection between an impulsive December train trip across Siberia and "Dante's Prayer." But obviously it makes sense to her, and I'll certainly never argue with the results. Viva free association!

The parking garage on Washington? Really needs more than two payment kiosks.

Heading out to lunch, and to test out the voice in the car. Haven't sung in over a week now, and have only been talking for four days of that. Hopefully this will tell me whether I should bother going to the You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown audition tonight. I'm mostly going because it's a paying gig and not so much because I'm all that invested in the show itself, so not a HUGE deal if I decide to skip it.

Was kind of hoping to have heard (one way or another) from Janus so I wouldn't have to decide, but, not to be. At least most of the congestion and scratchiness are gone, anyway. This was a doozy. :-P

ETA: And I left my Zen home today so my Dad could watch some stuff on it, but Launch is now obliging me with "Standing Stones". :-D

ETA2: That's a negatory on the singing tonight. :-P It's technically possible, but with audition slots booked solid (I originally got in on a cancellation), it's highly unlikely to be worth anyone's time.

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hildy
May. 2nd, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad to hear you enjoyed your Loreena performance as much as I did. I'd only listened to "An Ancient Muse" a few times since it was released myself. Did you have the "name the Loreena song in four notes" crowd too that cheered from a few bars/chords/etc?
wiliqueen
May. 2nd, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. They EXPLODED for "The Mummer's Dance," of course, and then there was smaller whooping for probably half a dozen other numbers. I'm trying to remember which one it was that actually got it twice -- once for the subdued opening, and once when the drums started and everyone else recognized it. Possibly "Santiago."
therealjae
May. 2nd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Loreena live! So rare, and so wonderful. :-)

-J
wiliqueen
May. 2nd, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, and yes! It only took 13 years and four tries for a date in my vicinity on which I didn't have a performance...

Hopefully the gap won't be as long next time. Not least because this one was occasioned by tragedy.
quasievil_bunny
May. 2nd, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I got to see Loreena in Kalamazoo the night before. I wouldn't have missed it for anything! Glad you had a blast too.
ceridwyn2
May. 2nd, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
You Lucky, Lucky Wench.
The closest she came to our end of the country (her own country I might add) was Montreal, QC. And that was the furthest east she came. Hello. McKennitt, there are four more provinces to the east.

Growl.
wiliqueen
May. 2nd, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
{{{ sympathy }}} Apparently most of her harps are made by a company in Chicago, so it's always on the schedule.
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