Whatta Weekend! I’m just now rejoining the real world after an amazing weekend of friends, family and music. There was so much awesomeness crammed into 48 hours that it’s hard to do it justice here. So I’ll start with the highlight of the weekend – Tight Pants Syndrome vs. Paper Dolls as Electric Light Orchestra.
This supergroup led off night one of An Under Cover Weekend, and they set the bar impossibly high right from the beginning. Their sound was dead on, from the synthesized piano chords and percussion to the unison vocal performances. I saw up to six people singing together at one point! The band even bought a vocoder to give the refrains that alien/robot sound that made ELO so popular in the seventies. The band also programmed a hell of a light show to accompany them that gave the performance an other-worldly feeling.
But of course the highlight for me was the string section. It wouldn’t be ELO without a marvelous string section, and luckily my sister on the cello was up to the task.
From the first song to the last, this supergroup managed to make the minor hit of ELO soar to heights unseen. And the hits? They were transcendent. Check out this recording my dad did of their performance of Mr. Blue Sky.
What a stunner! As you can see from this pic, dad is recording me and D being blown away!
Kudos to my dad for recording the show and for being one hell of an out of town guest. I actually managed to snap an ultra rare picture of him with my mom and the kids in one room, which has only happened 3 times in the past decade.
Beside family, my friends also made a strong showing at An Under Cover Weekend. Here’s me and some of my favorite people at the show.
I waited a few days to find the pictures I’ve posted here, and this exhausts the media I’ve found. When more pictures and video are available, I’ll dedicate a post to the rest of the weekend then. But for now here’s to Tight Pants Syndrome vs. Paper Dolls as Electric Lights Orchestra. You didn’t let me down.