Vienna Teng!

Vienna released a new album, Warm Strangers in February. (We’d gotten lucky with some advance copies, but nevetheless I picked up some real royalty-paying copies just in time for Michael’s birthday). Easily my favorite song off that CD is “My Medea” – a somewhat haunting melody (and another one a character of mine is growing rather fond of). In any case, she’s been doing some touring and as soon as I found out, I urged Michael to pick up tickets to shows in Boston and Bridgeport (both close enough for us to attend).

Of interest at the Passim show: hearing “Green Island Serenade” live for the first time. What a beautiful song. Also, hearing “Passage” — eerie. I didn’t much like the venue — the seating is overcrowded and I had a spectacular panic attack brought on by the claustrophobic conditions. Luckily, Vienna’s music is both familiar enough and comforting enough that I still enjoyed the show in the end. At the end of the Passim show, we waited until the line for getting CDs signed had dwindled and went up and were offered (and took) hugs. At which point, I asked Vienna for the name of “the song that Don Keller likes” which we had heard at her concert at Yale some weeks previously. It’s called “Signal Fire.” Armed with that knowledge, we warned her we’d be seeing her the next evening at the concert in Bridgeport.

The next night… before the concert, Vienna came over to say hello and asked if we had any requests. Naturally, I immediately said, “Signal Fire.” And when Michael came over, she asked him, and he said, “Signal Fire.” She gave us a look of long-suffering, told us it was a tough song (it has seven signatures — eep), and said she’d try it if she was feeling brave. Courageous she proved to be. And what a treat! I love that song. (Currently have it stuck in my head, and no actual recording with which to get it out!) And it was a great concert – even if Michael did me out of “Mission Street” (we saw the set list later) by asking for “Green Island Serenade” again.

Can’t wait untli the next time.

@ Club Passim (Boston, MA) 4/7/04

My Medea
Gravity
The Tower
Shasta
Homecomming
Eric’s Song*
Lullaby for a Stormy Night*
Green Island Serenade
Anna Rose
Hope on Fire
Shine
Passage
Soon, Love, Soon
Harbory
encore: Unwritten Letter #1

@ The Acoustic Cafe (Bridgeport, CT) 4/8/04
My Medea
The Tower
Hope on Fire
Gravity
Anna Rose
Shasta
Homecoming
Signal Fire*
Annie’s Song (cover of John Denver)
Momentum*
Green Island Serenade*
Unwritten Letter #1
Harbor
encore: Lullaby for a Stormy Night*

*requests

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