Music Boot Camp

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 16.884% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

This Friday, I get to see Jonathan Coulton opening for They Might Be Giants.  As you can imagine, my socks are squishy with nerd-spooge.
But there’s also a level of stress here.  Because I hate going to concerts unprepared – and JoCo has a new album, as to TMBG.  What if they play a song and I can’t sing along?  I’m supposed to be a fan.  So I’m power-chugging each of their new CDs, inhaling the tracks so that I at least have a passing familiarity.  (This is a pleasure for JoCo’s new album, which is entertaining and original except for the not-GladOS, not-JoCo version of “Still Alive”; it’s less of a pleasure for TMBG’s new album, which sounds like a computer learned how to produce efficiency yet uninspired tunes in the TMBG vein.)
I know, I should just sit back and enjoy.  And I can.  But I enjoy it more when I know everything they play, so I’m boning up on this like I was studying for a test.  And I only have four days to be able to sing along properly!
Anyone else do this?  I can’t be alone in this, can I?  I know it’s freakish.

1 Comment

  1. B
    Sep 15, 2011

    Hey, I thought I was the only one. I will definitely loop the song catalog of any artist I am about to see live, just to get in the mood and to know all the songs. I think it is easier to appreciate the nuances of a live performance if you have at least a passing familiarity with the song.

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