Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sufjan Stevens, May 18th 2011, Olympia Theatre, Dublin

I genuinely can't put in to words how incredible the show was. Any gig that doesn't play many of your favourite songs and in fact only plays 13 songs and yet leaves you completely mesmerized has to be a good show. Sufjan manages to tap into a creative realm that most of us can hardly understand never mind tap into ourselves. It was a privilege to watch a genius perform to that level, complete with ridiculous costumes, fluorescent lights, synchronised eurovision type dancing, mental art work, balloons, streamers and all the while it made total sense in the very most non sensical manner. Jane over heard a bouncer on the way out saying to his fellow bouncer "That was fu*ked up!". Yes mr bouncer it was; in the most heavenly way.
Here's the setlist and some photo's I took...

Seven Swans
Too Much
Age of Adz
I Walked
Get Real Get Right
All For Myself
I Want To Be Well
Futile Devices
Impossible Soul
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's Friday; Robert Smith, he he so not amused

Farther up and further in

“The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited".
– CS Lewis, 1942, ‘The Weight of Glory

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Supposed Martin Luther King Quote...

By now I'm sure most people reading this have seen a quote purportedly to be from Martin Luther King in relation to Osama Bin Ladens killing. The quote reads...

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that."

It's been quoted on the radio here in Ireland, been posted on a million facebook pages and tweeted a few million times and was published in the letters page of the Irish Independent yesterday.
For the bant I wrote into the Indo and for the double bant they decided to publish it. It was fun to see it there this morning.