Last night was the night of The Mountain Goats concert. It was a very strange night. As we stood in line with our tickets, Daniel was ill. He had a headache and didn’t feel good, so he wasn’t very talkative and was very snippy and irritable. It was miserable. I didn’t want to be there, I was close to just texting my Dad and asking him to pick me up.
But I’m glad I didn’t. Once we got inside and bought t-shirts (the merch was so cool!) we stood relatively close to the stage, probably about 15 feet away, and waited. Nine rolled around and the opening band, Mutoid Man started playing. He had some seriously killer guitar skills and he sang mostly covers. I really liked the cover he did of a band called “Morphine” and their song “I’m Free Now”. It was so good!
I felt a little better…Daniel did too. But not all the way. And so we were still pretty irritable with each other and I was sad and he was annoyed.
But then…after probably half an hour of waiting…JOHN DARNIELLE APPEARED! As did all the other Goats. The drummer was really entertaining and the bassist looked like my friend Charlie. The other guy looked like my freshman year spanish teacher and played everything from the keyboard to the guitar and the saxophone. He was really cool.
John danced around the stage like a little kid every song he played. He and the bassist would play their instruments really close to each other and laugh and John kept kicking up his legs and headbanging. In my words: Someone gave a giant nerd a crowd and a nice guitar.
In my favorite happening of the night, which I almost forgot about until Daniel reminded me in the car on the way home: John pointed at us! He played the song “Never Quite Free”, which is the song I did my ASL interpretation of and that Daniel recorded just a few weeks before we started dating. It was the recorded song that I fell asleep to a lot of nights. So, of course, I sang along and cried a little bit. Real tears actually fell from my eyes when they got to the part, “And you’ll never want for comfort and you’ll never be alone.” Right at those lyrics, Daniel was holding me from behind and we were swaying and John Darnielle pointed right at us! It was amazing. I was so happy. And it was pretty distinct because there was a gap the size of two people in front of us on the floor so he couldn’t have been pointing at another couple.
That concert was fantastic! I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve been to, for a couple reasons, but buying those tickets was the best decision I could have made. Getting to see one of Daniel’s (and now my) favorite bands live, so close, with him, was amazing. During the love songs he would hold me. During the sad songs he would play with my hair from behind. During the pumped up songs he sang along right in my ear and danced around.
Happy 1 year, Daniel (even though tomorrow it will have been 14), you will never want for comfort and you’ll never be alone. I love you so much…
And I hope everyone has a super nice day!