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    I saw that today and was like..."how is this going to take shape?"

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    it's a benefit gig so little pricey but it's for a good cause have fun!

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    Drew, I'm going to see what I can work on friday, but I'm really thinking about it. I can do a round-trip flight right now for $160, so with the tickets (Of course I'll be looking at the expensive ones, I want to be close) and everything else it'd be a really expensive trip that I probably shouldn't do, but I kick myself every time I miss her in travelling distance.
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    Well, you know a way you can lessen your expenses. And, I'm down for dropping the coin to sit up close. Let's discuss offline.

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    Two weeks and one day. I was just watching the Coachella documentary and when they focused on Bjork's harpist I got short of breath. Beyond excited.
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    Tonight Geezr, Pot, Wmgaretjax, Dorkfish and I saw Joanna Newsom and Philip Glass with Tim Fain. It was a benefit show for the Henry Miller library in Big Sur. They billed it as a collaborative night, and that was largely true. They started with a song from The Screens by Philip Glass, with all three of them playing. It was a bit too forward for Joanna's harp to really differentiate from Philip's piano. After that, Glass announced that Joanna and Tim would be doing Sadie. It was the first time I ever heard her perform it live, and it was my favorite thing of the whole night. Her newer, more focused vocals really lent power to the lyrics, and Tim Fain wrote a stunning fiddle melody to play over it. I was in tears, and that alone was worth the whole price of admission. After that, Glass did a solo song and then they all collaborated on another song from the Screens, which was much more successful. I may be missing a song here, but I know Joanna did Sawdust and Diamonds on her own. That was the first time she performed it in California since 2007, and it was amazing. That song really showcases her performing skills, as she completely powered through the knotty instrumental parts and nailed the vocals. Stunning. Again, maybe missing something, but the next thing I recall is Joanna and Tim doing another song from The Screens, which Glass introduced by saying, "This was intended to be a trio, but when I heard Joanna and Tim play it, there was no need for anyone else." He was right, as they were completely locked in. Glass came out on his own, and told a story about how he and Allen Ginsburg had collaborated once, with Glass writing music to all of Ginsburg's poems in one manic session. Wichita Vortex Sutra #3 was one that he really enjoyed, and they performed it live quite a bit. When Ginsburg couldn't show, Glass would play a recording of him reading it. After Ginsburg died, Glass didn't play it for a long time, but he slowly returned to it with Patti Smith reading the poem, until he realized that he had the tape. He performed the song, and it was a really fun pairing of two different media. Fain and Glass then did a take on a song called Pendulum, and Fain again showed how incredibly talented he was with his instrument, blasting out so many notes that it seemed inhuman. Joanna's response was "Wow! pendulum..." and then she played the new one. We all agreed it's probably something along the lines of Diver's Tale, as she frequently references a diver. Drew and I both agreed that her harp playing was even more nuanced and dense than on prior tracks, and the lyrics went the same way. It wasn't a return to Ys style writing, but neither was it a continuation of Have One on Me: there were parts when the rhythm seemed to be the center of the song, rather than the melody. I can't wait to hear it recorded.

    They did an encore where each played a solo track. Glass did one of my favorite of his works, Closing from Glassworks. Tim Fain then did a solo from Glass' classic opera, Einstein on the Beach, which was a close contender for song of the night. At times he would be doing arpeggiated fills on the high strings while beating out a dense rhythm on the low bass string. As Joanna put it, "I've seen him play that four times, and it's still amazing." She played On a Good Day. It was the first time she'd ever done it in California, and it was even more beautiful than on the album. She inserted a little melodic solo before the third verse, something I'd never seen her do before.

    Overall, it was a fantastic night.

    Setlist (from what I can recall)

    ? (A Philip Glass song from The Screens)- Joanna, Philip, Tim
    Sadie - Joanna, Tim
    ? (I think it was the cadenza from the Canyon, but I can't recall) - Philip
    The Orchard - Joanna, Philip, Tim
    Sawdust and Diamonds - Joanna
    The French Lieutenant's Dream- Joanna, Tim
    Wichita Vortex Sutra #3 - Philip, Allen Ginsberg
    Pendulum - Philip, Tim
    Diver's Song - Joanna

    Closing (from Glassworks) - Philip Glass
    Solo (from Einstein On the Beach) - Tim Fain
    On a Good Day - Joanna Newsom
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    Here's the official program:

    Program
    1. "France" (Glass, Newsom, Fain; from Glass' The Screens)
    2. "Sadie" (Newsom and Fine; from Newsom's The Milk-Eyed Mender)
    3. "Metamorphosis Two" (written and performed by Glass)
    4. "The Orchard" (Glass, Newsom, Fain; from Glass' The Screens)
    5. Partita for Solo Violin, Movement 1 (Fain; written by Glass for the soloist)
    6. "Sawdust and Diamonds," (written and performed by Newsom)
    7. "The French Lieutenant Dreams" (Newsom and Fain; from Glass' The Screens)
    8. "Wichita Vortex Sutra" (words and recorded voice by Allen Ginsberg, music by Glass)
    9. "Pendulum for Violin and Piano" (Glass and Fain; written by Glass)
    10. New song, title unknown, written and performed by Joanna Newsom
    Encores:
    1. "Closing," (from Glass' Glassworks)
    2. Violin solo from Einstein on the Beach (Fain, written by Glass)
    3. "On a Good Day" (written and performed by Joanna Newsom)

    Not from last night, but here's Fain's Einstein solo:
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Fuck I want to see Einstein on the Beach in September.

    Also holy hell but that sounds like an incredible concert.
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    Well, according to a message board devoted to Joanna Newsom, her new album may very well be out in November.

    Man, I really really hope so. I get all giddy just thinking about the possibility that I could have a new Joanna album in a little over a month.
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