Saturday, August 11, 2012

I guess it's a few more years until we're all Flaming Lips ready

Tad and I have been to see the Flaming Lips every single time they've been in our area.  We saw them when they were small enough to play at Shank Hall back when we were just neighbors and friends.  Tad drove all the way to Minneapolis and saw them as he danced on stage in a goldfish costume.  We saw them in Chicago and every time they've been to Milwaukee. 
Do You Realize by the Flaming Lips played after we were officially married.  Tad has been singing What Is The Light to our children as a lullaby since Coen was an infant.  I once took Lucy to be assessed as a hearing peer for deaf and hard of hearing children. The assessors asked her favorite song, expecting to hear her say Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  Three-Year-Old Lucy's answer?  "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots."

So Tad and I had promised each other that as soon as the Flaming Lips came to an outdoor venue, we'd take the kids.  And this summer Pondamonium was announced with Garbage, the Flaming Lips and three smaller bands, doors opening at 2:30--all ages show. Perfect!

It wasn't until we'd already bought the tickets that we found out that the Flaming Lips wouldn't take the stage until 8:30, but still our kids have stayed up late before.  We had a great time at the event itself.  We arrived late, waiting out some rain and finally showed up around 4:00, wearing rain gear.  We walked around the festival ground which actually was a minor league ballpark.  We ate lots of good food and Coen remarked "I like this band" when Garbage was performing.

But the Flaming Lips, instead of their-often seen-light and love themed music with confetti and balloons, played a dark, spooky psychedelic freak-out.  They started with their usual Race For the Prize and the kids liked that, but by song four (incidentally named Is David Bowie Dead) Lucy loudly proclaimed, "I'm READY TO GO!"

So we went.

On the way back to our hotel, Coen announced that even though it was a creepy he had fun so "It was a good choice to go."

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