What happened to the long weekend? On Saturday morning, I felt like the weekend was going slowly but now all of the sudden, it’s Monday night. I guess that’s how it always goes. I’d love to give the full weekend review, but we’ve got company – of course, it’s my fault for waiting until the last minute once again. But anyway, it was a great weekend all around here in Lou.
Jon’s dad and nephew came into town on Saturday. We see them often, although everyone in the house this weekend was coming or going in different directions, so I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them.
Azung and I were excited to check out the downtown activities last night at the free Waterfront Independence Festival. We didn’t feel like braving too much heat during the 2-day festival, so we got there around 7:30 to catch a few Arrested Development songs. Speech sounds exactly the same (as he did in the 90s when “Tennessee” was released) and it’s quite a pleasure to watch Montsho Eshe dance (picture & video below) and inspire the crowd. They did indeed “take me to another place”.
Michael Franti & Spearhead headlined the event. While they kept the crowd happy with their hip hop-reggae-jazz-infused tunes, it was a little too pop-cliché for this music critic. Franti has the heart, but not really the voice or head to be a successful artist. He also ran a little long and I think the city decided to interrupt the show since he was running about 45 minutes overtime! The pyrotechnicians started up in the background around 11pm – it was odd to watch fireworks to a finale live musical act. Eventually, they got the usual old recorded tunes in – like Indiana Jones, Ode to Joy, and Born in the USA – that was more like it.
I’ll go again next year if the right bands play. To me, fireworks belong to no better holiday than Independence Day. They always make me think of the bombs bursting in air and what it means to live in these great United States. (Watched Green Zone today and it inspired similar thoughts.) That’s all I can muster about the fest for this Tuesday Zep. Keep me inspired to stay on top of it this week and prepare early!
World Cup update: Sadly, the US was knocked out by Ghana on the 26th. It was nice to see Uruguay take them out (although unfortunate to see the last African team lose) on Friday in their quarterfinal match. To add to the mixed feelings, it was a sad day for the spirit of the game due to the Suárez “Hand of God” – the ensuing failed penalty kick and final shootout added to the disaster. I’m looking forward to the Netherlands handing it to Uruguay today (Tuesday). I was surprised to see Brazil lose, but my #1 pick, Spain, is still in it – they’ll have quite a match against Germany on Wednesday.
Here’s a performance of Tennessee from last August: