There were two posts yesterday. The first was “Lucius Live (Personal):”
So I’m continuing my project of going to live performances of the bands I feature on Friday Night Music posts, and last night got to see Lucius.
Wow. I think that may have been the best musical performance of any kind I’ve ever seen. If you’ve watched any of the videos I’ve posted, you know that they are incredible musicians. What you can’t quite get from the videos is the sheer joyousness of the whole thing — the band’s energy, the obvious fun they’re having, the rapport with the audience. At the end of the set the band moved out to do two songs — “two of us on the run” and John Lennon’s Happy Xmas — standing in the middle of the audience, and it was like a benediction.
My only issues, as what I guess you’d have to call a 60-year-old wannabe hipster, are that I’m not used to late nights (hence limited blogging today) and that my decibel tolerance isn’t quite up to snuff — Lucius mostly OK, but Kingsley Flood, which opened (and was very good) was sufficiently loud that it hurt a bit.
Oh, and we got to meet the band, who are as nice as they seem.
I’m going to do more of this. And do see Lucius if you get a chance.
Yesterday’s second post was “Badge of Seriousness Watch:”
Jim Kessler, who co-wrote that remarkably self-destructive op-ed from Third Way attacking Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio, explains what set them off: Warren’s talk of expanding Social Security.
The badge of seriousness (TM) strikes again.
That’s what I called obsession with the need to cut Social Security way back in 2007, pointing out how Beltway insiders considered Social Security doomsaying an essential part of one’s attitudinal wardrobe, sort of like wearing a suit and tie. I sparked howls of outrage with that column, but I have to say that it looks pretty good in hindsight.
And once you realize how long self-styled centrists have virtually defined their identity in terms of what they imagine is their courage in going after Social Security, you can see why the shifting tides — the rise of Democrats who no longer feel the need to keep the WaPo opinion page happy — are leaving them a bit unhinged.