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Fleet Foxes-Live at the Ladies Literary Club 10-09-2008

Fleet Foxes-Live at the Ladies Literary Club 10-09-2008

Fleet Foxes Live at the Ladies Literary Club

Ladies Literary Club Outside Entrance Picture

Laura and I visited the Ladies Literary club of Calvin College to see what Pitchfork has called the baroque folk rock band Fleet Foxes. The five piece played a succinct but moving one hour set in downtown Grand Rapids Michigan.

The venue is a beautiful Victorian building with a small stage. It seats around 250 people. It was great to be so close. After the Sigur Ros show I was frustrated because I was always trying to get somewhere where I could see.

The band played through most of their small (so far catalog) one full length album and one EP. The harmonies were dead on throughout the set. It was great to hear a band focusing so much on vocals and harmonies. They seemed very comfortable and chatted amiably with the crowd. They asked if it seemed funny to be sitting. I remembered Kevin Drew’s comments at the Broken Social Scene show from earlier this year. The band should have just told everybody to just stand up.

The video of Drops in the River included, *sigh* does not do the sound justice. I’d recommend checking out My Brightest Diamond in this venue. I have prior commitments, but the setting would be ideal.

Fleet Foxes, Drops in the River Live Grand Rapids 10.09.2008 from keith wikle on Vimeo.

This may be the last live show we see for a while. We’ve seen quite a bit of live music this year.

Sigur Ros
Wolf Parade
Okkervil River and the New Pornographers, and the National
Tyler Ramsey and Band of Horses
And of course Broken Social Scene
We also saw Mason Jennings

It’s been a good year for live music!!!

Be here now

Be here now

“Be Here Now: Music Video by Mason Jennings”:http://www.masonjennings.com/video/MasonJennings_BeHereNow_VidFull_300.asx

Choices are often the enemy of life. Any choice you make will eventually come back to bite you in the arse. The best you can do is to make a commitment to be involved in the present. Sure there is tomorrow but who knows what that will bring. If anything can be said it is that to think about what might have been, what could have happened, what might have been will drive you crazy. Ultimately cause you to run headlong into disaster.

Chris Duff wrote in _On Celtic Tides_ about the 5 yard circle around his boat. When the water of the North Atlantic got lumpy and textured, when the wind started to howl, all he could do was focus on a five yard circle around the kayak.

This is often how I feel surfing too. You have to be completely involved in the moment or you will quickly find yourself in trouble. Focusing on the texture of the water, the direction of waves, the speed of the wind. You also have to be flexible. If you get swallowed by a giant wall of water, don’t automatically assume all is lost. Hold on. Brace and see what happens. More often than not you will surface with the paddle in your hand ready to take another great ride.

The sentiment, if not overly sentimental song from Mason Jennings speaks to my state of mind this Thanksgiving season. Be involved in the moment. It won’t come again.