March 28, 2009

She's damn worth my 1000th post

 This is my 1000th post. 4 years, 1000 posts, who knows how many words. I've been wondering for a while now what my 1000th post would be, should be. But all my careful planning just went out the window, because last night I saw Vienna Teng in concert at Porgy & Bess.

It was honestly the best concert I have been to. Ever. She even managed to get the whole room to sing with her - and sound good! Finn's theory is that the 1st district crowd is posh enough to know to shut up when they can't sing. She herself was being smart and kept out of the mix but I was singing along. And I loved it. It was such a once in a lifetime experience: Vienna Teng, an acoustic guitar, a cello and a whole room singing along with her, some even harmonizing successfully. It felt beautiful, a truly amazing end to an amazing concert.

I was also quite moved by the crowd's positive reaction to Teng's song 'City Hall' (which is about gay marriage). Now, maybe they didn't understand the lyrics, there's always that chance, but they were clapping and wooing and I kept thinking 'If this whole room is pro gay marriage maybe we do stand a chance here in this country that I'm so often ranting about'.

There's something about Vienna Teng... she completely commands the stage with her presence and this faszinating voice of hers. She's one of those people whose music works ten times better live. I had tried listening to her latest album prior to the concert, but I ended up always clicking past it on my iPod. It got to the point where I was wondering if it was a good idea to go to her concert when I wouldn't even listen to her songs on my headphones. Yeah... well, turns out she's not headphone material if you're not prepared to turn up the volume and ruin your ears, but damn, she's good in concert where her music profits immensly from the acoustics a small jazz club offers. Where you hear the nuances and little things that are hopelessly lost on the iPod with its crappy sound quality.

What I also appreciated about Vienna Teng is that she seems approachable, down to earth, a bit nerdy even. She was very shy while giving autographs after the show, but was very talkative on stage. That I like. I love the little bits some artists tell the audience about their songs, and Vienna Teng intricately weaves a net in which to embed her songs. Now that I have seen her live I'm pretty sure I'm going to be listening to her CDs a lot. With my headphones on full volume even if I have to...

Go look at this, but remember that the video doesn't do justice to the way the music fills the room at a concert. If you can manage, you should really go see her live.

btw L. - Vienna Teng's in Carinthia tonight. Maybe you should get your hubby to babysit and go see her :)


AliBlahBlah said...

I have about 3 seconds to write this as my creatures are stirring, but, Vienna Teng wrote a lullaby 'Anna Rose' coincidentally my daughter's name, so a friend bought the album for us and I love it. So completely appropriate for a 1000th post in my mind.


Laura said...

... too late for Vienna Teng and me.
Anyway, I hope you are doing fine. I'd like to chat with you again - too bad that there are 300 km distance, just too much to drop by for coffee and talking.

Plus, I would like to question you about gay family rights for a paper I have to write... I think this topic is dear to you, so maybe you'll have some cool thoughts for me. I will call you, but I wanted to "warn" you first.