Here we document our way to 1,000 dates – the joys, challenges, growing pains – and all the in-betweens.
TURF Day 2! Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, and The Strumbellas
Date #340 – Saturday, July 5, 2014
A: I felt awful but really wanted to go to the second day of TURF. It was a beautiful day and we took it easy. I love going to these things with B. He knows people, we mingle, sit around, I occasionally see someone I know, usually drink beer (except I had the flu)… I am happy to spend these summer days with B outdoors listening to incredible music. It makes me feel lucky and un-alone. Like I’m part of this big group of awesome, talented, and hip people who are all there because we have something in common and, for the first time, I’m going to these events with a partner. An actual person that I’m trying real hard to build something with. And I’m really proud of it. There was a time when I didn’t think I’d ever have or feel this.
Gaslight Anthem was incredible although I wish the other band members, or at least one or two, spoke more. Maybe they don’t like to speak, so I shouldn’t assume what I’m assuming (lead singer syndrome!). Last time I saw them at Sound Academy I had recently been dumped and my friend ditched me so I cried the entire set. This show was way better and definitely a highlight of my summer. I liked singing to B too, even though my voice sounded like a million dying drones in the desert.
B: Looking back on this day I can already tell what was building to Sunday…
Anyways, this festival has an unreal lineup but I was so tired I could barely enjoy the festival. Yes, A was sick but she seemed really energized by the bands. I, on the other hand, was happy to just laze around. I was also still really sore from my bike accident and was trying to stand as little as possible. Even writing this now I can’t believe how hard it was to stand even for a short while.
Anyways, I was happy I got to see The Strumbellas. They are awesome. I left A to listen to them. I really like that we are confident and independent even together.
Here’s a track for your enjoyment:
Date #339 – Friday, July 4, 2014
A: It was Independence day AND the first day of TURF… And I had the flu. TURF is my favourite summer festival in the city and I wanted to go so badly but B encouraged me to rest up for day 2 and 3 of the festival instead. It was a good choice, since I was really sick. I never used to get the flu… I guess that’s long gone. I’ll never forget date #2 when B convinced me to come over, even though I had the flu. We watched a movie that used to make me bawl my eyes out as an adolescent. Where the Heart Is. Have you seen it? I think I’m due for a re-watching. Or a re-reading. The book is heart-wrenching.
B: It’s really hard to tell how sick A is because she HATES being sick and hides her sickness really well. Should we have gone to TURF? Well, Beirut, Born Ruffians, Deer Tick and more were playing. If you don’t know, those are bands that we both LOVE.
That is how sick A was (and how completely tired I was). I was really tired. I only know this now because I’m asking myself “Did you really miss out on Beirut?”
Field Trip Day 2
Date #308 – Sunday, June 8, 2014
A: Field Trip day 2!! This festival is amazing – the music, the venue, the people. This year had a great deal more activities too, from photo booths, wine tasting,a hoola-hoop park, giant ping pong, a day camp for kids, an art exhibit… Unfortunately it was a tad rainy but nothing like TURF last year where it poured on the Sunday and only the strong-willed and very wet stayed.
And I must say that BADBADNOTGOOD were incredible. They really impressed me and their audience reception was awesome. I mean, instrumental jazz-infused hip-hop covers. COME ON. AMAZING.
B: It’s funny how a bit of rain can put a damper on things. I try not to let the weather affect me because, well, I can’t affect the weather. I do have to say that I was pretty sad when the coffee cart ran out of coffee.
The day on a whole was incredible. I haven’t seen Bad Bad Not Good in awhile and they were totally incredible. They’ve grown so much as a band an it is a real treat to see and hear them. Do Make Say Think were also incredible. I love that band and they completely move me in so many ways.
We hung with friends and ran in to more people. The night ended perfectly with Broken Social Scene (a band I’ve loved since 2003). Listening to them with A I reflected on how I and everyone are such different people (even the band). Where I’ve been and where I’m going.