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The whole adventure story

Posted on 2009.03.30 at 10:56
Current Music: Luna - Sideshow by the Seashore
On Saturday, Stefanie was feeling low. The kind of low that SSRIs won’t touch, even with augmentation. This happens most often on weekends when Meret is off with her biodad. Going for a car ride often makes her feel better, so we decided to do that. We don’t usually ride on Shabbat, but Stefanie kind of really needed this. and it was the waning hours of the afternoon, so we shaved a few hours off before sunset and got in the car and just... went. We decided to head vaguely west, and had no other plan than that. Just be in the car, in a secure environment with music, and look out the window and get out of town, at least for a few hours.
So we went a little further than we originally planned. We stopped briefly to watch some people making maple syrup. Eventually, we drifted to the strange and wonderful Northampton, MA, a fairly dynamic town. Northampton is or has been home to a variety of personages, including Jonathan Edwards, President Calvin Coolidge, and Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. It was nice and kind of liberating to walk around in a town where we were by no means the weirdest people there. Not that we are all that weird, you understand, but Lexington, where we live, is powerfully un-weird.
We could have turned back after that, but decided to press on. We kept meandering westward. After a while, we decided to find a place to kind of pull in, get our bearings, and ask the GPS how to get the hell home. But we were on a rural highway in the dark, and for a really long time there was no place to pull off except into someone’s driveway, which is never a good idea. When we eventually found some signs and signs of life, we realized that we were actually pretty far west, in the Berkshires, and not too far from Mass MoCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art. We figured, what the hell, let’s go see if it is somehow still open or there is some late-night thing going on there.
We had been listening to music from our wedding, and in particular the exquisite I Deserve It by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips. While our first dance was Little Wing by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, I Deserve It is a more ‘romantic’ song, and the one that we remember most fondly from that day. Plus it has a cool groove and a dreamy atmospheric quality at the same time. So we were feeling better, and on our way to find art in the Berkshires.
When we got there, there were a reassuring number of cars in the parking lot; quite a few actually, and enough to indicate that something was going on. Music could be heard. When we investigated, it turns out that there was a concert that night, by... Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips! They were giving a show where they played music that they composed for some of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, while they showed the films in the background. They just did a soundtrack for it, and were doing it at live shows. We had missed about 15 minutes of it, but of course, we had to go. Sometimes when the Power That Be drops something like that into your lap, it’s rude not to take it. Stefanie’s big smile told me that this was the right thing to do, and the right place to be. The show was really cool and interesting, and afterward they did an encore where they just took requests, mostly for Luna songs, and kind of jammed on them. It was great. Afterwards, we got a copy of the DVD and took it over to Dean & Britta (as they now call themselves), and told them our story. They autographed our DVD and wrote us a nice little note.
By this time, it was really late and a 200 mile drive home didn’t sound too good, so we found an inexpensive motel and crashed there. The next day we headed back, stopping to admire butterflies at this butterfly conservatory that was on the way, more or less. We got home about 90 minutes before Meret was due back.
And now you know the rest of the story...

extra trivia: Britta Phillips did the voice of Jem in Jem and the Holograms back in the ‘80s.


suzermagoozer at 2009-03-30 16:33 (UTC) (Link)
that's a decent story!
espeically the part about andy warhol.
theservant at 2009-03-30 17:03 (UTC) (Link)
It was a cool adventure.
Wrapped up in books
dithie at 2009-03-30 16:48 (UTC) (Link)
what a fun adventure!!
theservant at 2009-03-30 17:03 (UTC) (Link)
It really was!
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-02 04:20 (UTC) (Link)
you took the adventure way!
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-14 05:10 (UTC) (Link)

Musical taste

Well Jon, a post with musical references. I found this guy on YouTube using the name "myrecordcollection" who is posting some interesting obscure 1960s garage band and psychedelia you might enjoy. Well, he posts a lot, so there is probably bound to be something you would like. - Eric (who isn't a LiveJournal user)
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