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Last night Rob and I went to see British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson in concert at Columbus's oldest surviving theater. It's a fabulous space, and we had good center seats. Richard played solo, on a single Lowden acoustic guitar, for over an hour and a half. It was phenomenal. His virtuoso guitar playing takes me breath away. He has a technique of both strumming and picking simultaniously that fills he room with sound and often sounds like several guitars playing at once. He loves throwing in blues riffs, which gives his more rocking songs an early rock-n-roll feel, which I love. He was also a member of the seminal folk-rock band Fairport Convention, and definitely keeps a folk sound on many of his slower songs.

It was an amazing concert. If you like guitar at all, if youever get the chance to see this man perform, with or without his band, take it! Acoustic or electric, solo or backed by his band, Richard Thompson is just fabulous!
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I actually ended up going to BOTH the Concrete Blonde concert AND the YSO Street Fair! Go me! We got to the Newport during the opening act, so there weren't many seating options by then. But I did manage to find a step that worked both as a place to see above the crowd and a place to sit when my back got tired. Concrete Blonde started off their show with Bloodletting, I started dancing, got lost in the music, and mostly forgot about my back problems.

They played a really great show. The people watching was fun, too. Most everyone there was about my age or a little younger, many with tattoos. Almost all looked like interesting people who know how to think for themselves instead of following the crowd. My kind of people.

I figured after all that standing (I stood for almost the entire concert) I wasn't going to be up for a street fair the next day, but ice and some good sleep did wonders, I guess, so off we went. I had a really good time in spite of the heat. I bought some handmade soap and pain reducing salve, and stocked up on healing herbal teas from the herb shop in town. I didn't seem to be in the mood to buy clothes, which was a shame, because there were some amazing dresses for sale!

The only other think I purchased was a 15 minute shiatsu massage. I don't think I've ever had shiatsu before. I asked the therapist to concentrate on my low back and hips. She had me lie on a thick mat on the ground and used her hands, knees, elbows to press acupressure points. She also did a lot of stretching. She made use of her entire body to do the work. At one point she placed the bottoms of my feet on her abs and leaned in, pressing my knees toward my chest, for a great low back stretch. It was an absolutely fantastic massage. Different from the massages I usually get, and well worth the $20 for 15 minutes.

Just as the vendors were packing up and we were making our way out of the street fair, a man pointed at my shirt and said, "Nice shirt!"

I was wearing a t-shirt with a batiked tree design that I bought at a YSO street fair some 20 years or so ago when I lived there. It turns out he and his business partner were the artists who had made my t-shirt! They don't make that style any more because it's so labor intensive. I thanked them and told them what a great shirt it is. How cool is it that I met the artists!

Sunday morning, after all that activity, I felt sore, but "normal" sore. Like I used to be in years past. It was the best feeling.


May. 19th, 2010 10:03 am
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I had tickets to see the Canadian synth-pop band Metric last night. I had [personal profile] rfunk buy the tickets a month ago when they went on sale, figuring the show might be sold out. The show was at the Newport, a mostly standing-room-only venue with a few scattered chairs. I knew was taking a risk, betting that I would be strong enough to be able to stand without much pain for the length of a pop concert.

Unfortunately for me, I ended up being scheduled to give a workshop at work yesterday, the same day as the concert. Would I be able to make it through an afternoon of teaching followed by an evening out?

I actually did a lot of standing during the training. I actually made it through the first hour and a half without wishing for a chair. After that I switched off between sitting in a chair and standing. I made it through the afternoon, though.

Driving home, I realized the pain in my low back was at about a 2. That's not bad, but is really my limit for continuing whatever activity is causing the pain. In this case, standing.

I ended up not being able to go to the concert, and I'm pretty bummed about that. But the silver lining is that I now know I can stand for up to an hour and a half without increasing pain. That's quite an improvement from the 10 minutes of standing I was able to do six months ago.

Now I have to decide whether to try for the Concrete Blonde concert in three weeks.

Edited to add: My strategy for recovering/getting through the strain of a concert included taking the following day off. This was a hugely good idea and I'm happily enjoying my day off today. :-)


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