It’s a late winter/early spring night, and I can’t sleep. Can’t find the right blanket to body ratio, one pillow isn’t enough but two are too many, husband is making smells/noises, etc, I start to obsess about the age of our smoke alarms. Clearly, sleep ain’t gonna happen.
I flip on the TV. The last channel someone was watching was PBS. My retinas are trying to adjust to all the light. The picture’s not making sense. I realize that several minutes have elapsed, and the picture’s still not making sense.
There’s this band. Two guys. One of them is playing keyboards. He’s wearing a cape (I’m a sucker for a cape. There’s a kid in my son’s preschool who wears one every now and again. For no reason, other than it makes him happy. I dig that kid.). A white, spangly cape with a big ol’ Dracula collar. The other guy is singing, and dancing his ass off. Two long braids in his hair. Big sunglasses. They look like they’re prescription. His dance is part Native American tribal, part Elvis, with a hint o’ Mick Jagger strut. Every now and again, he stops to push his glasses back up onto the bridge of his nose, in a most un-rockstar like fashion.
I have the volume down (It is, after all, the middle of the night, and I am unfailingly polite). The closed captioning is on. I spend the next half hour trying to figure out whether I like them or not. But they definitely made an impression. I don’t know their name, but thanks to the closed captioning, I have some lyrics. “Ain’t no party in a sad, sad city…”.
Turns out they are Ghostland Observatory. They’re from Austin, TX. The song is called “Sad Sad City”.
I’m not sure if I like them. But I can’t get them out of my head. Still.
(This is the song I saw them performing on “Austin City Limits.” He doesn’t do the endearing/freaky glasses push-ups that he did when I saw him on TV. But I still find him riveting, nonetheless.)
Enjoy. Or just be bewildered. Your choice.
UPDATE: Here’s the link to the actual performance I saw on “Austin City Limits”. The embed is disabled, or I would have used this clip. And now, I can’t fricking stop watching it. Arrgghh!