Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Day Before May

Saturday winds down a very busy week of live music and other activities. Eeyore's Birthday Party, which even has a Wikipedia page is an event where you are are strongly encouraged to bring your inner child, druid, satyr, Ent, faerie, fox (or whatever it may be), your *actual* children, dogs, cats, pet snakes, what-have-you, and something for the drum circle. Everybody plays nice. It's wonderful. I dearly love this party and don't ever want to miss it, although we couldn't stay that long this year due to another event in the afternoon.

The kids and animals are always the stars, because, let's face it, they bring the cute. Is there anything cuter than a pink-haired pomeranian? You be the judge.

This little girl's 'noodles' were each wearing a sock, so I think it was a kind of a centipede... make that "Princess Centipede."

It was a beautiful summer day but getting hotter and sweatier by the minute (we've been in the mid-90F range for a long time now), and with the Decemberists' show being General Admission we had to get home and recover a bit before getting in line at Stubb's for it. There were already about 20 people in line 2 hours before doors opened (that's a lot for Austin, where people tend to show up at the last minute) but this show sold out easily in a few hours. Very popular band in their prime, and their fans are young and have lots of stamina (unlike us). Here's a video from the show.
Colin Meloy, the band's central figure, is quite a political leftie... which I love, of course. Check out the sticker on his guitar! Solidarity. Another theme for May Day.

He mentioned also that it was the Eve of Beltane, and asked if maybe there might be a smattering of Pagans in the audience. He said it was very fitting to be here for it, where it is so warm, after beginning the tour in such cold conditions.

It really was very hot, with the dry drought dust sticking to sweaty skin. Despite the cool front that moved over us today, it is summer here.

Today we had tickets for another day-long music show (a charity benefit, as so many of them are), but I really couldn't handle any more activity. Needed time to relax. Monday will be here soon enough.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like a great day! I went to a May Day parade once in Winnipeg when I lived there -- it was a union celebration, all very political, except for one tiny little group of pagans who had a maypole on wheels and danced around it all the way down the parade route. May Day -- something for everybody!

Blueberry said...

Oh yes, and I forgot to mention that this event (Eeyore's) always has a Maypole. May 1st is a special day, no matter how you look at it.