Well, the first Blue Letter show in Richmond came and went and was amazing. We spent the day hanging out with Who Calls So Loud, and I ended up enjoying their set very much as well. They have a gorgeous double LP that I hope lots of people will pick up on this tour. Their adorable, young Japanese merch guy was almost as cute as I was.
It was good to see the boys perform; I’m sure it must feel like a release after all these months of practicing and preparing. And I got a chance to remember why I was a fan since long before I ever started dating Dan. They stand out as just as impressively as ever, and I can’t wait to see how they’ll sound after they get fully back into the swing of things as a band.
That evening, as I sat at the merch table, I watched a whole bunch of people writhe around in neon colors on television — apparently the closing ceremonies for the Olympics. Surrounded by the hard work and sweat and humble ambition of TBL and people who managed to persevere to the end of a Sunday night show, nothing seemed more ridiculous and fake and somehow irrelevant than the flashing display of wealth and self-aggrandizement on the screen in front of me. ::sigh:: Yet another reason why I despise televisions in public places. Please get that thing out of my way, I’m trying to have a life.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see TBL. Dan’s been so pleased and inspired to live amongst so many creative people here in Richmond, and he’s had a blast going to all of your rock shows, art openings, and clam bakes. I know it meant a lot to him to see all of you there supporting him in his endeavor as well.