a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Saturday, March 3, 2012

BoDeans Concert

There’s two boys holding stars for the wishing.  Yeah, one boy’s sure, one says, “I don’t know.”
 from “You Don’t Get Much” on the album Home by the BoDeans

That’s the way line really goes.  This is the way Kurt Neumann sang it when we saw the BoDeans live on February 18th at the Chicago Symphony Center:

There’s one boy holding a star for the wishing.  I used to be sure, now I don’t know.

It was the first time he had played Chicago since Sammy Llanas left the band this August. 

I was holding my breath for Kurt, hoping the concert would be just as enjoyable as every other BoDeans concert I’ve been to (too many to count, since I first saw them when I was in concert and have seen them at least once a year every year since). 

Kurt addressed what he called “the elephant in the room.”  He was humble.  He was gracious.  And he performed the most amazing concert I’ve ever experienced.  Just a few chords of a BoDeans song have the power to move me.  It is some kind of musical magical connection of indescribable depth.  Even without Sammy.  Maybe even because of the beauty of Kurt taking the lead—alone.    


  1. Music...I always feel like I know people better when I know the kind of music they love.

  2. I like your reflection on what makes this concert so special. Makes me wanna listen for myself.

  3. I can tell this was a moving and wonderful experience for you. Love to read your slices!

  4. Great you were able to go, Christy. Nice memory (& tradition)!

  5. "musical magical" - it sings, as does your whole slice.

  6. I just love honesty and when people move through live with grace and humility. Good for Kurt!

  7. Powerful lyric and obviously powerful music, Christy. I must admit, I've never listened to the BoDeans but you have me convinced that I should. :)