25 days to go until Coachella… (According to my peers I should be attending Michael Buble concerts, but I don’t even know who he is. Does this make me out of touch or hip? )
One band that I will most definitely be seeing at Coachella is Spoon. In fact, they are top of the list, or Top Banana, as my boyfriend likes to say. So why Spoon? Why the love? Okay, here’s my deal: Yes, they are indeed a one trick pony, but they are a fantastic one trick pony.
I love everything about them, from their lyrics…
My eyes are opening again
I see you as you’re marching in
I bring you cover when you’re cold
You bring me youth when I grow old
Do you remember when you were small
How everyone would seem so tall
I am your shadow in the dark
I have your blood inside my heart
Wow. I have to pause on that. Who writes lyrics like that? And don’t tell me the Smiths do, because they don’t even come close to that kind of angst. The Smiths are like Hallmark cards compared to Spoon, and Spoon is more like… Adam Zagajewski set to music.
Anyway, I adore them from their lyrics, to their raw, stripped down, Lo-Fi (yes, I’ve just declared them Lo-Fi), clean, simple melodies… Oh, and let’s not forget John Eno’s snare drum (I know it’s really Jim Eno but I enjoy screwing up everyone’s name – it’s my little homage to my mother).
Not since Steve Jordan has a snare drum given me so much pleasure, and I wonder if the reason why I love Spoon is because they remind me of Steve Jordon’s snare drum, which reminds me of being about 16, which reminds me of when I loved that one cute boy, and how I felt like my entire life was just about to begin and I was so, so, so excited by all the possibilities; and how David Letterman had just come on, and that giant swinging doorknob used to kill me, and his band! That fantastic band with Steve Kahn, Steve Jordon, and Marcus Miller; and how one night after watching it, I looked in the musicians union book (who knows how I managed to get a hold of that!) and I just phoned Steve Kahn up out of the blue and got him to give me lessons (“Wait, so you are a girl who plays guitar?” he asked puzzled). That’s the kind of girl I was at 16. That was the best time to be me. Everything was possible and I had no fear…
Spoon reconnects me back to that time, back to that part of myself (that has of course been tempered by life), and I love them for it.
I could go on but I won’t. Just check them out.