Awesome Sauce Music Friday

Awesome Sauce Music Concert Friday

If you ask a skeptic to name a good skeptical musician, the majority will probably say Tim Minchin. Now, we’ve mentioned Tim before, here. Many of us here in the US have only seen him on YouTube. But last week, I was lucky enough to attend a Tim Minchin concert here in Chicago. And, it was way beyond awesome-sauce. It was downright epic.

The concert started off with the first song I’d ever heard by Tim Minchin, Rock and Roll Nerd. It’s a wonderful song, in which Tim mainly makes fun of himself, in third person.

The show then proceeded as half concert, half stand-up comedy. At one point, he randomly jumped up on the giant speakers, just to see if he could do it (I think). Getting up was easy; getting back down? Not so much. The speakers were about 8 feet tall. It was quite funny to watch as he talked to us while trying to climb down with any semblance of grace.

His introductions to the songs were also quite amusing. He introduced “Lullaby” by talking about his daughter, and the story they told her about being adopted from an orphanage of the slums of the poorest European country. Just one thing… she’s not adopted.

For me, one of the highlights of the concert was “If I Didn’t Have You.” It’s a romantic love song for his wife… sort of.

(Why was it a highlight? This song is the one that a boyfriend of mine picked to quote to me not long after we started dating… yeah. Not necessarily the best move? Fortunately for him, four years later, this same boyfriend attended the concert with me, so… not a total romantic fail.)

Oh, and there was a live performance of this:

Basically, this was one of the most awesome experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have. Seeing songs like “Cont”, “Dark Side”, and “Not Perfect” in person is not even comparable to seeing them on YouTube, it’s that much better. Spontaneous stuff, like Tim pausing to say “You know, um, there’s more to it than that” when someone got up to leave during the Pope Song, just doesn’t happen outside of a venue like this. If you ever get the chance, go see Tim Minchin live. It’s more than worth it.

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Ali Marie

Ali Marie

Ali Marie is a recent Master's of Education graduate, and is now venturing back into the world of non-traditional education, as an outreach program leader at a children's museum. Her interests vary widely, but include board games, music, dinosaurs, and science as a whole.

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  1. June 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm —


  2. June 25, 2011 at 1:34 am —

    One day- one day- I will get to see him live. In the meantime I spend far too much time watching him on YouTube.

    That is so cool that your boyfriend was quoting that at you. I tried playing it to some of my (non-skeptic) friends and got responses ranging from “That is funny that you find that funny” to an almost horrified “What if you were his wife?”.

    Anyway: Much jealousy from me, but thanks for writing it up!

    • June 25, 2011 at 11:25 am —

      I hope you do get to see him live, sooner rather than later. It’s pretty spectacular.
      When my boyfriend first quoted it to me, I had a similar reaction to your friends, although I understood the satire as well. Of course, this is when a) this was the first time I’d seen him in 6 months, and we’d only been kinda dating for a year, and b) before he introduced me to the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe and the skeptical movement as a whole. Now, I think it’s hilarious, and a little bit awkward in a geeky adorable sort of way, and kinda romantic in spite of itself.
      And, yes, I’m a dork.

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