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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
It's my father's voice dreaming of / Sailors sailing off in the morning
— Wilco, Poor Places
November 11, 2004
Laurie Anderson: Until the End of the Moon

I’ve been a fan of Laurie Anderson for as along as I can remember; Home of the Brave was one of the first movies Muchmusic showed, and it blew me away. As so often happens, this lead to an obsession.
Marquee at the Moore Theatre

One of the things I like about her just came back to me as I started typing this; Movable Type likes for you to attach a category to each entry. This is great, except I can’t figure out what category Laurie fits into: she doesn’t.

Music will do, but be warned of its limitations.

I’d never seen Laurie live, and this tour seemed like a reasonable time to do it; a pop down to Seattle at the historic (and quite beautiful) Moore Theatre, and the night was on.

I don’t quite know how to describe the next hour and a half; the show itself is mostly about story telling; Laurie is a compelling storyteller, and she does it very well here. The set is sparse, with only a chair, the latest iteration of the tape-bow violin and a keyboard. Stage lighting is sparse, with much light provided by an uncountable number of tea lights on the stage itself.

Laurie was NASA’s first, and last, artist in residence and much of her storytelling in this performance is based on those experiences.

Still, Laurie is from New York and 9/11 looms in her work. Laurie played a concert in New York on the 13th of September of 2001, later released as a live album. This was one of the most compelling albums I had bought in quite a while. Other artists have certainly found larger audiences, but I feel like Laurie captures the feeling of that time more than anybody else.

Of course I wasn’t there, so I really don’t know.

If you get a chance to see Laurie, do it. Do it somewhere with character though: I can’t imagine seeing this at the type of boring, anonymous square box that she’s playing in Vancouver. It just wouldn’t be the same.

Posted by skooter at 5:58 PM This entry is filed under America, Entertainment, Music.

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