I am now the proud owner of a ticket to see They Might Be Giants at First Avenue in Minneapolis on October 29th.
On the surface, this may appear to be nothing special. But, you have to understand how much I really like their music to know why this is such a big deal. This will be the first time I have seen them live. There are only a handful of concerts that have been graced by my presence (HA!) in the past: Metallica, Rush, Smithereens, Gear Daddies, Harry Connick Jr.
Also, They Might Be Giants are part of my very short bucket list of performers to see live before they or I am gone: Neil Young and Tom Waits are the others.
Their music did not save my life. It did not help me through a difficult time. But it was a glorious wake up call to the reality that music is what you make it. No boundaries, no pre-conceptions, no labels.
My first contact with TMBG was on a mix tape made by a friend of mine. “Don’t Let’s Start” opened my musical world up to an experience that fit perfectly into my incredibly geeky personality. The music was catchy, but completely impossible to categorize. The lyrics were semi-nonsensical on the surface, but there is not a single lyric that now, in some way, does not speak to me on many levels. I spent hours listening to their self-titled first album, I ran out and purchased Lincoln (my personal favorite album) as soon as it came out, and Flood was absolutely incredible and changed the way I interacted with my friends, because now THEY got it. And I remember rolling on the floor laughing (literally) while listening to “Fingertips” on the Apollo 18 album. My love for them never ebbed over the years, but admittedly, my dedication did. I allowed some of their more recent releases to go by the wayside – silly me. Sure, I caught up with them when they released “Why Does the Sun Shine” ( As an aside, my love for TMBG came full circle when my nine-year-old niece learned the song for her Destination Imagination team – She’s so much cooler than I ever was), and loved hearing their forays into TV themes – but I buried my head and ears in the sand of their past.
So, this concert is giving me the opportunity to reconnect and catch up with a band I should have never allowed to be anything less than my favorite.