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.
Featured Image from timminchin.com