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“Weird Al” in concert

“weird Al” Yankovic has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I remember lip syncing to “Eat It” in my 8th grade drama class while Shannon Capps played a baby who wouldn’t eat his food (and also performed a mean guitar solo on a toy ukelele). I remember laying in bed on Sunday nights, staying up until midnight listening to Dr. Demento in the dark even though I had school the next day. I remember my best friend, Andy, spending the night on the weekends, and we’d play “Weird Al” tapes on one jam box while recording on another jam box as we sang along, thus making our own albums along with original songs of our own when I’d learned to play guitar. He’s like an old friend who has been with me as long as I can remember, and continues on through today. Our history together came flooding back to me tonight.
Now I will remember “Weird Al” in concert. I’ve spoken before about how I don’t think Al gets the attention he actually deserves, and seeing him in concert solidifies this fact. Most people merely know him as “That guy who does funny song parodies about Star Wars and food, mostly”, but his originals often outshine his mostly brilliant but sometimes only mediocre parodies in my opinion. He has a tremendously talented band, and is actually a very gifted songwriter with a knack for great music and melodies in addition to razor-edged rapier wit and intelligence.
Before this show, I already knew what a great show he puts on from much Internet reading, and a lovely DVD given to me by the lovely Beth. He was performing at The Paramount here in Austin which is a really nice, and intimate venue, which probably doesn’t have a bad seat. He managed to cram in an amazing number of songs by only playing abridged versions of a lot of them, which actually worked quite well. You get enough to enjoy the song and get the joke, but end up getting to hear a lot more songs than if they were all performed in their entirety. Between many songs there were funny video clips, mostly taken from his various “Al TV” specials that used to air on MTV, and various other clips. These were used not only to entertain, but to fill time while Al and the band changed into costumes for various showpiece songs, such as his fat suit for “Fat”, Jedi robes, P-diddy suits, Nelly gear, and many others. He ventured into the audience several times also much to the crowd’s delight. The show was completely amazing, and one of the most fun entertaining things you’ll ever see. He also performed at least one song (a parody of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”) that is only performed live, and has never been issued.
I highly encourage anyone to go and catch this show if you can. Now I’m going to add all his older albums to my Amazon Wish List, since I have been remiss over the years in replacing the old cassettes I used to have.

Newphoria

Cool new mobile phone
Need wallpapers and ringtones
Consuming all time

Notice

No haiku today
Really, I don’t feel like it
Don’t be fooled by this

Colloquialism

“Selling like hotcakes”
Hotcakes are in such demand?
What is a hotcake?

Neptune de-throned

Pineapple dwelling
absorbent, yellow, porous
Spongebob Squarepants rules

Perspective

Obnoxious ring tone
No one is amused but you
Mine is damn cool, though

Microcosms

Chaos, loose, wild things
All things put in other things
The container store

Mondegreen

Renegades of Funk
“Got a random case of funk!”
I like mine better

Let’s all use the power of our minds!

I’m still waiting to hear from a job that I really want. I have an inside contact, and supposedly I am on the list of people to be interviewed, however it’s been over a month now and I’ve had no call.
I thought I would harness the power of the force and get all of you to open your eyes maniacally, put your hand on your right temple, and beam your most intense thoughts into the atmosphere, encouraging them to call me for an interview and hire me. If you like you can also emit a sound effect like “nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh” sort of like the bionic man when he jumps.
Thankd you for your cooperation.

What’s the deal with haiku anyway?

Inspirationless
A haiku about nothing
Seinfeld would approve