Last weekend was one of our more memorable adventures. Wasn’t it great?
I knew that coming to New York for my lad Clif’s popup shop was going be great. But then the other lad David came down from Boston with his college chums, and that’s when it got even greater.
They were headed out to Kings Theatre in Brooklyn to see Vulfpeck, The Official Funk Band of MDK Despite The Fact That Vulfpeck Is Unaware Of This Accolade.
It was killing me that I could be in the same municipal area as beloved Vulfpeck and not get the chance to see them.
Kay, I’m really proud of us. I think it was one of our better clutch decisions to go.
Among the amazing moments of that concert, we got to hear Vulfpeck perform what they call their “wedding set,” which included covers of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5, “December 1963” by the Four Seasons, and “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire—yes, we got to sing along “Do you remember the 21st night of September?” [italics added to create spooky voice] on the 21st night of September. Here’s what happened.
We finally tracked down the 2 train to get home, but it wouldn’t have mattered if we’d just spent the rest of the night dancing around Brooklyn.
So then. That was Friday. On Saturday, in another act of spontaneously grabbing life by the ears and saying, I AM IN, lad David and I headed out on another hour-long subway ride, this time to Queens, to be a part of the enormous lovefest that was Paul Simon’s final concert in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
There are certain Paul Simon songs that have embedded into my core. I was doing pretty well until the drums started on “Obvious Child.”
Standing in the moonlight in a crowd of 20,000, with jets overhead coming in low, bound for La Guardia, with fireworks from the Mets game crackling, you would have thought it would be hard to hear. We were at least 100 yards from the stage, but the sound was perfect. Paul Simon’s lyrics floated over the crowd to me and slid right into my ears, with my son beside me who wasn’t even born when this song was written—it was one of those moments when a song and the moment melt into each other and it’s just too much.