Gallivanting Pt. 2: Joanna in Seattle
Even though we had just returned from our journey to San Francisco, we headed up to Seattle just a few days later to see Ms. Newsom play. She played Portland, too (two nights!) but those dates were added later, and I was so anxious about being certain to see her this time around, I didn't want to wait and see if any Portland dates would arise. She slipped through my fingers when she was supporting Ys, about which I am still blue!
So we headed to the Moore Theater for a "legitimate show" (I loved that sign).
Then the lovely Joanna traipsed onto the stage, hair tucked around her ears and smiling and sweet. As a former Tori-phile, it doesn't take much for me to start bandying about words like "magical" and "fairy" and the like, which I'm pretty sure "the J. News", as Josiah calls her, isn't really keen on.
But come on. She is kinda magical.
The show was wonderful - a good mix songs from Have One on Me and older things. Lots of songs I love that make me smile sometimes and make me cry sometimes. When your songs start to average 8-10 minutes long, you really can't get to everything, so I didn't hold my breath for Colleen (which isn't to say I wasn't foolhardy enough to secretly cross my fingers).
I overheard a funny conversation between two ladies next to me:
One said to her friend "I think we should try to meet her after the show".
The other replied "What will we say? 'Oh! Joanna! I share your values'!"
I relayed this to Josiah, saying "What do you think she meant by 'values'? What are Joanna Newsom's obvious values? Love?"
Josiah shrugged and said, "I don't know...the woods?"
Whatever these ladies might've meant, cheers to Joanna and her prodigious ways and beautiful mind. And cheers to the woods, too.