Wouldn't hold out much hope for the Creedence, though
I actually expanded my horizons and took in a couple of moments of pop culture over the weekend. Hooray!
One, the bride and I (hi, Erin!) saw her all-time favorite band, Better Than Ezra, in concert. And as always, I can highly recommend them. I have great admiration for bands who always bring it, who never take a night off. They’re always energetic, always likeable, always tight, and they have some terrific songs.
In this particular setting, with a festival crowd, they played a LOT of familiar songs, the kinds of things you’d play for an audience that isn’t your own die-hard fans. Wise choice, and it worked. And trust me, you’d be surprised by how many BTE songs you know. I know I was, the first time I saw them. Plus, their cover of the Stones’ "Miss You" was smokin’. Love these guys. Don’t miss a chance to see them. And actually, if you’re in STL, go check out the Live on the Levee concert series this summer. Lots of cool acts coming up (we may go see both Toad the Wet Sprocket AND Cheap Trick next weekend) and it’s a great setting.
Two, we saw our second new movie of the summer: Superman Returns. As somebody who remembers the first two Superman movies as a little kid (I was born in 1974, they came out in 1978 and 1980), this franchise means a lot to me. And they got it right. Routh was excellent, Spacey was PERFECT, it looked great. They got the story right, with a big, big, big good-evil deal as well as personal storylines. And mostly, they got the tone right — just the right touch of fun and playful, without going over the top and making it one of those dreaded ironic takes on old favorites.
Oh, and also, the race. My guy finished seventh. I really though this was the week, but what a weird race. Maybe at the Brickyard, with me in attendance. OK, that would be COOL. Almost enough to make me not want him to win at Pocono, so we can see the first win in five years. Anyway…
Currently playing on the computer speakers: I have iTunes on Party Shuffle. "Mothers of the Disappeared" by U2 is starting.