Off Limits

My Monday nights during the summer are off limits. If anyone asks me to go for a run, have a barbeque or just plain hang out, I hang my head, chuckle, and turn to them and mock them in a nasal voice; “do you wanna go for a run, have a barbeque or just plain hang out.” Those words. Verbatim. See, Monday nights are reserved. They are gold. Untouchable like Elliot Ness. Monday nights are Music and Movies at Loring Park (Metblogs). But last night was a unique Music and Movies in the Park. At least for me, it was.

Haley Bonar played last night’s “music and movies in the park.” The movie was supposed to be “His Girl Friday.” While I did not review “His Girl Friday” back in the day when it was new (that would make me elligible for social security, and probably my last rites), I got to review a show of Bonar’s in her early days at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth. I don’t quite remember everything from my article off the top of my head, but I believe I used words such as “talented,” “well written” and “should succeed.” But how would I describe her music to you? If you took Jewel (don’t stop already… it gets better) and got rid of her Shakira-deep-voice-thing and her optimism, added soul seraching questions about fairy tales, and added some under the surface mischeif. That is Bonar.

Four girls (one of which was my sweet girlfriend of almost 3 years) and I sat eating and drinking too much wine for a Monday night listening to her slow, northern-drawl rock in anticipation of watching the movie. Bonar finished playing at about 8, and we had to wait, sitting on the edge of our blankets until 9:20 for the movie to start. So we watched them put up the screen, set up the projecter, thread the film. Then as it was just about dark enough to start the movie, a guy came on the microphone and thanked everone for coming out (good! They’re about to start) and was happy that Bonar could be there (almost…) and was happy that everyone could have a good time out here (ok, and…) and then told us that they were cancelling the movie because of looming clouds. This was also the second week in a row they had shot everyone’s hopes down, too. They are trying to protect us, which is good. But when it didn’t rain almost all night, it was pretty disapointing. But Monday nights are still off limits. Back off…

4 Comments so far

  1. Dave (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    We almost went just for the movie because we couldn’t get there in time for the music. Good thing we didn’t!


  2. Bill (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    I’m definitely going to see Low on August 21st. Hopefully that one won’t get rained out.


  3. Justin (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    Dave- good thing you didn’t rush out to sit and then leave, I think there were quite a few people who had to do that.

    Bill- I feel like I have deprived myself of Low for years. I haven’t listened to any of their stuff, but I’ve only heard good things. I’ll have to show up that night too!


  4. Bill (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 3:24 pm

    Just saw Low live a few weeks ago at the free orchestra hall day of music thing and they were phenomenal. Worth seeing.



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