Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Jonathan Richman in a church

On Friday night I went to see Jonathan Richman live in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was playing in the All Saints Church which is a large building near the Tyne bridge but which is almost impossible to find amongst the modern office blocks, underpasses and one-way systems.

The church looked like an active place of worship and was equipped with a semi-circle of pews and an altar. Mr Richman arrived clutching a Spanish guitar accompanied by a drummer, playing a child's drum kit. With hardly any amplification and the ethereal acoustics of a church hall, the audience was rapt. I didn't know any of the songs but was well pleased with my investment of £12.50. The highlight of th evening was a song about "dancing in a lesbian bar" which caused Richman to dance enthusiastically amongst the audience.

He encored with an unamplified, sorrowful song about a man talking to his dying mother, which was nice. The photos I took with my phone didn't come out but luckily, I have a new Post-it note pad, a biro and rare talent for drawing.

Post-it Note Art #7 -Jonathan Richman in a church


Jonathan Richman live in a church in Newcastle

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2 Comments:

Blogger Eugene Schlumberger said...

Well I was dancing at a night club one Friday night / And that night club bar was a little uptight / Yeah, I was dancing all alone a little self-conscious / When some kids came up and said, "For dancing come with us." / And soon... I was dancing in the lesbian bar, I was dancing in the lesbian bar. - Well I was dancing in the lesbian bar in the industrial zone. / I was dancing with my friends and dancing alone. / Well [in] the first bar, things were all right / But in this bar, things were Friday night. / In the first bar things were just all right. / This bar things were Friday night / And I was dancing in the lesbian bar, I was dancing in the lesbian bar - I was dancing in the lesbian bar way down town / I was there to check the scene and hang around / Well [in] the first bar, things were stop and stare / But in this bar, things were laissez-faire / In the first bar things, were stop and stare / In this bar, things were laissez-faire / And I was dancing in the lesbian bar, I was dancing in the lesbian bar - In the first bar, folks were drinking sips / But in this bar, they could shake their hips / In the first bar they were drinking sips / In this bar they could shake their hips / And I was dancing in the lesbian bar, And I was dancing in the lesbian bar. - Well in the first bar, things were o-kay / But in this bar, things were more my way, / In the first bar, things were just o-kay / In this bar, things were done my way, / And I was dancing in the lesbian bar, I was dancing in the lesbian bar - Well In the first bar, things were controlled / But in this bar, things were rock-n-roll / In the first bar things were so controlled / In this bar things were way way bold / And I was dancing in the lesbian bar, I was dancing in the lesbian bar

10:34 am  
Blogger Polarbear said...

there should be more music played in churches.
And lesbian bars for that matter

2:21 pm  

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