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Japanese Breakfast

Once in a while, I peruse the local events on Facebook. Sometimes, I get into a mindset where I'm determined to go see more shows. Monday, I saw that a band called Japanese Breakfast is performing at the Bug Jar. Well, of course the name intrigued me! I clicked on their bandcamp link and listened to the first song that plays ("Everybody Wants to Love You"). The spell was instantaneous. Before a full minute went by, I had already bought a ticket to the Wednesday night show. I marked it down in my calendar, and shared the song in a few different ways.

The temperature dropped Tuesday, prompting me to not even want to go to the Cup to see my friends. I forced myself, though. I really did have to force it. I just wanted to curl up in a blanket-burrito on the couch and watch tv. I complained the whole ride over there, and wanted to go home when I arrived. In the back of my mind, I worried. I have definitely felt that introverted when doing a lot of things, but not yet with these guys. I opened my calendar and amended the note for Japanese Breakfast: "You bought a ticket. You MUST go."

Of course, I had a nice time at the Cup, anyway. Ron even showed interest in what I had to say tonight! He is leaving for a business trip to Japan in a couple days, and I was writing down some phrases he might find useful. He didn't seem impressed by me trying to tell him before, but that night, I wrote down in Japanese (hirigana), some key phrases he'd find useful. I think he was impressed by the written characters. At the end of the night, he asked, "but how do you say 'I voted for Hillary?'" We all laughed, and I told him to say, "Kanada-jin desu," which he understood, laughed at, and agreed that is a very useful phrase.

Wednesday arrived, and of course, I didn't want to leave the house when I came home from work. I had a long and deep nap and woke up a couple hours later to realize I forgot to put my hair in little twisty buns (they give me good curls when I take them out, but only after hours of wear). I made an attempt anyway, and wore them til 8:30 when I was ready to leave. Lackluster waves at best, but better than nothing, I guess.

I hugged my bouncer friend Rob at the door and asked him who's playing right now. "Nobody," and he saw my confused face, because that's obviously a band I hear in the stage room. "It's just a sound-check." Then I sat at the bar and ordered four rum-and-diets and wrote in a notebook while, from the corner of my eye, I noticed a guy trying to decide whether or not to start a conversation with me. This morning, I remember my old lesson, re: the drinks - I have got to remember not to overdo it and stick with just two or three.

The first opening band, Susanna Rose, was okay. I was actually amazed by what she could do with minimal guitar strumming. The second opening band, Pleistocene, was great! I was crushing on the bassist before she went on, before I realized she was in one of the bands. The guy on the semi-accoustic Gibson sounded like Man or Astro-Man, and I told him so after their slot. He was really excited to hear that, and I was excited to hear that he'd even heard of that band, and that my compliment had meaning to him.

Japanese Breakfast played "Everybody Wants to Love You" as their second song, and I just lost it. I loved their performance so fucking much! I was so excited to be front and center for this show, and after the show, I bought a cassette tape (with a download link, thank goodness - she forgot to bring CDs) and a shirt. She told me she loved how excited I got when she performed, and said I looked just like her friend back home (Philadelphia), and I was giving her so much energy. I told her I just discovered her on Monday and fell in love hard. I hope I get to see her perform again!


Japanese Breakfast


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Apr. 20th, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'll share this post with Ryu. I personally don't like this kind of music, but it seems right up his alley.
Apr. 26th, 2017 04:38 pm (UTC)
What's a band you love that I should check out? I'm always up for checking out other kinds of music :D
Apr. 26th, 2017 09:14 pm (UTC)
I don't follow bands. Actually, aside from The Goo Goo Dolls and OOK, there isn't a single band I like. I'm more in to spanish music. Salsa, and all that. Individual singers over bands.
Apr. 21st, 2017 06:16 pm (UTC)
I went to college with Michelle! So glad you're loving her music :)
Apr. 26th, 2017 04:37 pm (UTC)
So cool!!!
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