Mine was better, I assure you.
I saw My Morning Jacket play Saturday night.
They were glorious.
They came on about 30 minutes late.
As Jarrett and I stood there (after 30 or 40 minutes of standing in line outside before they let us in the venue), somehow separated from the rest of the group by some random jerk who though he could push past us (I didn't let him through. He was tall.), and maybe 3 feet away from the gate that kept us from rushing the stage, we wondered why they were late and debated the pros and cons of being at "The Show" where one of the members had a breakdown and they couldn't perform and that's when the band started to fall apart. Jarrett was okay with the suffering so long as he could tell his grandkids about it someday. I'm not so willing to make sacrifices for posterity.
But in the end, it didn't matter because they came out and played and they were great.
And: I should probably try to build up to this, but I'm just going to come out and say it.
My Morning Jacket sometimes covers Erykah Badu's "Tyrone." When they came out for the encore, they started playing it. And then she came out and finished it!!!! Click here for the video and a nice little write-up. We were absolutely freaking out. Apparently, she lives in Dallas and we really shouldn't have been that surprised because she joins all kinds of groups onstage when they're in town. Except they're usually not My Morning Jacket.
(Stolen from the Gorilla vs. Bear blog : http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-morning-jacket-x-erykah-badu-live-in.html)
Yup, there they are. Erykah Badu and Jim James. He just sang back up after she came on. But yes.
And here are some pictures from Jeff's phone.
Jim James and the flying V!Here's Carl Broemel.
He was directly in front of us.
10 to 15 feet away.
Off the Record: Holy smokes, this is unbelievably awesome to be so early in the night.
Gideon: Oh wow. So noisy. So amazing.
Wonderful Man: Not a fan. I still sang along. Good stuff.
The Way He Sings: Of course. Wonderful. Perfect.
Touch Me Pt. 1: Not bad live. I love this song.
I'm Amazed: Yay!
Thank You Too: Yeah, I don't care.
Sec Walkin: Good job, but I don't really like this song.
Golden: Yay! Great song. I was transfixed.
Two Halves: Again, it was a good job but I don't like the song.
War Begun: I always skip this song on the CD, but I really liked it toward the end. A lot!
Lay Low: Whoooooo! Exclamation points! So great! One of my favorite songs!
Aluminum Park: Supergood.
Mahgeetah: Moderately ruined by the incredibly drunk man with the incredibly drunk and stupid girlfriend who was too attractive for him who cut in front of us and wouldn't stop talking. Not exactly the band's fault. I love this song.
Phone Went West: Oh you have got to be kidding me! I thought they were starting to play it. Jarret thought they probably wouldn't. Then they were totally playing it and I punched him in the arm repeatedly. It was great.
Bermuda Highway (Jim solo): Amazing and wonderful and totally ruined by the drunk guy in front of us. I kicked him.
Look At You: I didn't quite realize how many of the songs on Evil Urges I'd rather not sit through. Hate this song.
Dondante: Oh man. So good. So loud. Amazing.
Smokin From Shootin: Please stop playing songs off of Evil Urges.
Touch Me Pt. 2: Okay, play this one. Really great. Great, great, great!
Tyrone (with Erykah Badu): AHHHHHHHHH!
Wordless Chorus: Oh, thank goodness. I was really hoping they'd play this.
Highly Suspicious: Dance, sucker!
Cobra: No way. (This was the point when I realized I was probably never going to get to go to the bathroom ever again. This song is roughly 20 minutes long. Fine by me.) Yes!
Anytime: Sing along time!
Run Thru: Runnnnnnnn!
It was an excellent show. Drunk people shouldn't be allowed to get in our way, but other than that it was a great show. Big bathrooms. Good sound. Wood floors. I bought a t-shirt. I can't find a picture of it. But anyway, it's black and says "My Morning Jacket" in white across the top and has an owl underneath. Basically my torso looks like the Evil Urges CD.
My neck still hurts a little from looking up for so long. My ears are fine, though. It was a fabulous time. We may have all gotten contact highs. No big deal. We (Jen, Jarrett, Jessi, Jeff, Brook, and Brad, by the way) had a lot of snacks back at the hotel. I wore my shirt back to Arkansas. It's a Small and everything.
All in all, it was a good trip and a lovely time was had by all and I was happy to get back to Cody and tell him about Jim James's drunken (?) ramblings about the Reunion Tower and the Sun Sphere and the songs and the crowd.