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Aug 19 04 2:18 PM
I'm back. *waves to luna, musicmama, and guitargirl who have read my crazy - no, not enthusiastic, but crazy - PMs for the last few weeks*
I'm caught up thanks to spongebobGLAV.
Happy B-day to the Fab-U-lous Michifan!
Happy Belated B-day to ArtyAna and musicmama!
My Des Moines Recap
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Song
I brought my parents to our seats, and they were so impressed. Hee! They were only 11th row. They don't realize that for us, those seats are only so-so. It was a nice view, though, grindage side, unfortunate camera-crane action part of the time. Could see his face clearly, though.
So nice without an opening act! But I was disappointed by people not standing the whole time. I had told my Dad he'd have to stand, and then I looked quite foolish when even the people in the front rows were sitting! I worried that Clay would have no energy to play off of. I also worried when his voice seemed to be hoarse on PD. I'm a worrier
We were able to look right back into the grandstand and see the woman who got picked to dance. She was so funny! Nick came to get her and she was like, "Is it me?????" And Nick nodded yes, and she just stayed in her spot and said, "Is it ME????????" And Nick nodded yes and motioned to her and she stayed in her spot and said, "IS IT ME???????????????" And Nick again nodded and motioned to her. This is why it took so long. She finally took off after him, but by that time, Clay was already asking, "Is she gonna make it?" I was like wondering why Nick didn't go, "YES IT'S YOU!!!!!! COME ON!!!!!!!!!" He was very subtle.
My Dad later said he liked Kyrie best. It did sound awesome that night. Everyone was totally ON and it had a lot of energy. Then the IWCY glory note made my knees weak. Then ...
Gus. While it's obvious from the fact that this is posted under my screenname that this is all JMO, let me state for the record that the following is just my opinion. Gus gets up there and I'm like, oh, how funny, a little song about Clay's ears and feet and whatnot, and then the dude will get off the stage. Then the song starts careening into the over-the-top praise territory. "Changing lives each day"? OK, well, yeah, maybe, but does Clay want to hear that sung to him by a guy who can't sing, in front of 6,000 people? By the end of the guy's song I was just embarrassed and I could see Clay's expression of sort of closing his eyes and looking nowhere, that of course I can't personally interpret, but I think people shouldn't necessarily interpret it as being extremely touched - could just as easily be uncomfortable.
Then there was the "God is using you," and that, to me, is flat-out angel-winging. And I just turned to my mom and dropped my forehead to her shoulder. And I could hear the "clunk, clunk" as the engine of the concert died. And Clay had to kind of say, "Okay ... well ... um ... okay ..." to get it started again. And of course he did an awesome job. Said the other singers were going to sing songs to him now. Don't know where he comes up with these great lines. My dad later said he thought the whole Gus thing was set up because no one would have a song all written for Clay like that. I had to explain some stuff to him.
MOAM was perfect. STO rocked (my first STO live!), and ISY nearly knocked me onto the concrete. I think someone already mentioned the mic action at the 2nd verse. He looks to his right, eye-@#%$ the night air, and runs the side of his hand down and back up. The video by JulisRose is AWESOME, but it just doesn't capture the moment as I saw it. It was so hot because it was so blatantly UNNECESSARY. He totally did it for no other reason than to help bring us to our knees (and he "doesn't read the message boards"! And "no one tells him about them"!!).
My first IKYWW, which was my dad's 2nd favorite. I think he has a crush on Angela, and why not? Like daughter, like father. Then Rosanna, and what was up with that note??
Here's where my story gets ... I don't know. Personal? Convoluted? Stoopid? Contradictory? I didn't really go through my feelings about YWT on the board, but I was quite confused for awhile. And then I wasn't. I talked to people, worked it out, and came back to the board all happy and la, la, la. Then all of a sudden a few weeks later, I lost my Claylove. It was just sort of gone. And that's a big 'ol story that I won't go into. I thought it didn't have to do with the Christianity thing, until I was writing my best friend about the Beautiful Girl article and said, "So, yeah, I guess I need to be ministered to. By a 25-year-old who never left North Carolina until last year." Then I was like, "whoa, where did THAT come from?"
Still had some sort of bitter feelings I guess. I was nervous for YWT in Des Moines. I knew the Bibles, etc. would be there. I decided to focus entirely on his face. Ignore the video, ignore even the ice cream man suit. Just see the face. So I did, and not only did he sing the @#%$ out of it, I actually liked the song itself. And of course his passion is a thing of beauty. I was totally crying by the end, which I had to hide from my parents, as I have been complaining about this song since Sioux Falls. And now I've been listening to it on the Greenville CD musicmama made for me, and I cry every time. I think the sentiment of it is beautiful, and so meaningful for Clay. It even gets stuck in my head all the time, and I don't mind. Now, why he had to go and muck it up with video, I do not claim to understand
And now everyone I've ever talked to about this song is free to say, "That girl is psycho; I'm not talking to her anymore."
Then YWT led into TITN, and the intro made me cry more, and then he sang the @#%$ out of that, too. I swear. I don't know if I've ever heard it better. And his voice really wasn't 100% that night.
I haven't watched Invisible video yet - can you see the part where he holds out the mic for the audience to sing during a part where there's no lyrics? He's such a goofball!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand Solitaire. Solitaire. Funniest thing of the whole night is when the jumbotrons switched over to the Iowa State Fair logo at the beginning of the song and I could hear people from all over the arena yelling "jumbotron!!" I personally decided to not waste my time worrying about it and just focus on what I could see, but then thankfully, they switched to Clay.
Just in time.
You can't quite see it in theheidis's video, but that little @#%$'s eyes rolled back in his head. Have people been seeing this at all the concerts and I just didn't know it?? I had just focused on the jumbotron and I see his right eye slide up behind his eyelid as he sings. It's been haunting my dreams. (have you ever gone "uuuunnnnnnnuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnhhhhhhhhhhh" in front of your parents?) From watching the video, I think it's on the first "he'll never love again." Also of note on that video, the lip bite before "a little hope." The all-out thrusting on the last "BY himself it's easy ...." He's having sex with that song. I'm sorry Clay, honey, but if you think you're doing something during your encore besides having sex with a song, well, then ... sorry for ya.
It was easy to find my Claylove after that concert. My dad asked me to rate it from 1 to 10 and I gave it an 8 (1 point off for Gus, 1 point off for the dead crowd - which my dad thought was hysterical; said that was "NOT a dead crowd" . Then my mom and I stayed up into the wee hours watching my new DVD of all the Clay stuff from AI2. And that just put me in fangirl heaven. Will I stay here? Who knows.
I'm so glad I got to meet Ficus and huskerfalcon. Would have loved to have met/seen more of you, but I didn't even know who all was there! No one posted in the Des Moines thread!
To cap this off, I must say, most sincerely: for everything - mostly for Solitaire, but truly for everything -
i love theheidis![
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