sufjan stevens : the wiltern, october 9, 2006
i just got home, it's 12:30am and i have to be up in five hours. but i know i won't be able to sleep until i get this out. so here goes.
the show, to put it simply, was amazing. just...wow. sometimes the hype around a particular artist is so intense that it becomes impossible to not be let down upon finally hearing that song, buying that album, or seeing that concert. that's what i was honestly afraid of heading into tonight. i felt like my expectations were a little excessive heading into this show, so much so that i was worried that it couldn't possibly live up to what i dreamed it would be. but it was. it so was. and more. wow. pretty much everything about this show was perfect. from my brightest diamond playing an alternatingly beautiful and rocking set, capped off with a song by nina simone; to the atmosphere created by the 15-member band (my brightest diamond included) wearing an assortment of butterfly wings; to the myriad instrumental sections including strings and brass, guitar and banjo, piano and...what was that? a vibraphone?; to the acoustics and the lighting of the wiltern, which has never disappointed me; to the beautiful harmonizing provided by shara worden; to sufjan himself; this show was just perfect. he played a nice assortment of songs from 2003's greetings from michigan, 2004's seven swans, and 2005's illinois, including my favorite song of last year, "the predatory wasp of the palisades is out to get us!" and it is impossible not to like sufjan, for a more humble and gracious performer he could not seem to be. oh, and the other thing--LA fans tend to have a reputation for being disinterested, but this crowd tonight made me so proud. at the start of the performance, as sufjan prepared to play the piano, it was so unbelievably quiet you could hear a pin drop. that in itself speaks volumes about sufjan's importance and the attention that he commands (commands, but i get the feeling, does not crave). so, all in all.......WOW.
i wouldn't normally post this since it's still readily available elsewhere (i believe muzzle of bees was the first), but i need some traffic for a favor--to anyone who was there tonight: i was down in the pit but i forgot to retrieve my ticket stub after the show was over and, as someone who saves each one, i am absolutely heartbroken. i have the stub from nearly every show i've been to, and to think i wouldn't have this one is not sitting well with me. so, if anyone happens to have an extra stub or just does not care to keep theirs, i would be eternally grateful to you if you could send it my way. since i was down in the pit, i would prefer to get one of those, but any other location would also be okay. if you can help me i would be soooooooo grateful. i'll keep my fingers crossed......
what i wouldn't normally post is the new song he played tonight, "majesty snowbird". go to obscure sound for a nice read about the track. but since i really would like the traffic in my effort to get a ticket stub back, here it is:
sufjan stevens : "majesty snowbird (live)" (mp3)
thank you, sufjan, for what was far and away the best show i've seen all year