"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
September 5, 2008

* solios imagines that's Lud in the distance, squees

12:51 AM | Life
September 7, 2008

Ben Folds with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia last night, at the Mann Center.

Amazing.

Just amazing.

"Steven's Last Night in Town" pretty much requires an orchestra, really.

He played a couple new tracks last night, too, for the album dropping on the 30th. Definitely looking forward to it.

Even in the middle of a little hurricane, the place was packed. Everyone decked out in rain gear and ready to have an excellent time. And they did.

We ran into Nick and Mariah while looking for seats, which was hilarious though -- really -- not all that unexpected. (We hit up Doobies after with them, and ran into Gallo (Hi, Eric!), who is back in town and sounding very productive. Very excited for him.)

And, as H commented after the "three part harmony" section of the night, the Mann center has great acoustics.

Seriously. Last night was awesome. There's a reason H has seen Ben Folds twelve times now. I certainly hope I get to; I can't imagine it ever getting old.

10:38 AM | Life
September 10, 2008