September 5, 2011

win tickets for Gillian Welch. win tickets for David Bazan.

In addition to Band of Horses tonight, Coloradans are blessed this week with a rash of fantastic shows. But this is a rash that you actually want — on Tuesday and Wednesday night, Gillian Welch is bringing her awe-inducing musical talents to Boulder and Arvada (holy heck have you heard that new album?), while David Bazan (of Pedro The Lion) is coming back through for another one of those incredible house shows, this time in Fort Collins and not leaving emotional carnage strewn about my living room.

I have a pair of tickets to give away both to Gillian Welch on Wednesday night at the Arvada Center and to David Bazan on Wednesday at a house in Fort Collins. Both will slay you, so pick just one.

WIN WITH WORDS: Today I am reeling from lack of sleep in lieu of many words shared for many hours last night, so let’s do a wordy type contest here. Sit and think a spell, then in the comments you tell me which pair of tickets you would like to enter for, and then pick your favorite lyrics from that artist and tell me about them, and why they are your favorites.

Sounds easy enough? I’ll pick winners tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. Go.

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  • I want bazan tickets. ;) while almost evry line written by him is the best thing ever, one of my my favorite lyrics of his would be from the Pedro the Lion song Bad diary days. It’s about finding your loved one cheating on you and you don’t believe it. The line goes, “a pair of ticket stubs in the desk, a movie I’d never seen. I probably shouldn’t ask, it’d sound so accusing. She must have forgot to mention girls night out.” ugh… So heavy… So true… Such a good song writer…

    Jamie — September 5, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  • I want Gillian tickets!!! My favorite lyrics are “I wanna do right, but nit right now” they represent a constant struggle that I deal with constantly. Perhaps I’d like to be Ms. Ohio…

    Cynthia Wilson — September 5, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  • I can’t resist posting this footnote that will tie your giveaway together nicely :). David Bazan covering Gillian Welch (powerfully, of course)…

    Brad — September 5, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  • Gillian:

    Gillian pulls ones heart up three rib notches almost anytime she opens her mouth. The other day I was in Buena Vista and asked two friends what they thought heaven was like: “probably like coming home. I have no home anymore.” My friend Benn has put nearly 150,000 miles on his car over the last few years.

    I also have another friend who told me she thinks most people spend their whole lives dealing with rejection, aches of scorn, and estrangement. But to her, a home of mourning is better than no home at all, or one with feasting and discontent.

    In the song “Hickory Wind” Gillian sings about her small South Carolina home that calls to her.

    “Its a hard way to find out that trouble is real
    In a faraway city with a faraway feel
    But it makes me feel better each time it begins
    Callin’ me home, hickory wind”

    I’m here in Colorado–and I love it–but I’m here alone. It takes quite a bit to get me back east, but when I go the feeling is a lot like heaven. I need no mask and the feelings of loneliness can never quite creep like they do when I’m away from home.

    Jon Jon — September 5, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  • i think one of my favorite lines from a bazan song is “we knew it was over, and we both looked away. right at each other with spare time to say, babe i love you, and babe, i love you too.” i know this is a rare bazan love song, but it has been the song stuck in my head since reading about your contest earlier today. i love the entire song of slow car crash, and the picture it paints of this impending doom in front of this couple as they drive into what will become their end. no details have been given other than the immediate present, which leaves the story line up to your thoughts as to what their lives held prior to the crash. this could have been a couple on an average drive, going on a date, or potentially driving home from a dinner party where upon leaving this party they were in a big fight. but where the story picks up, none of these details matter. what matters is what is left in the hearts of the couple. they pause in that instance where life flashed before ones eyes as death looms in, and all they can do is speak of their love for one another. no other words can be spoken as their time runs out, but the peace of letting go of all other issues which consume life even matter.

    despite the dark sequence in which it falls, this song has always been very hopeful to me. a wish that i might be fortunate enough to have it all end this way. this would of course be overlooking all of the other issues which follow, but that is the peace of it, that everything else ceases to exist other than this one moment to recognize it’s over and all one can say is i love you.

    bazan has had so many songs influence my life over the past 10 years, and i think one of my favorite things about him is his ability to tell such great stories. i’ve always felt that he has allowed me to critically think about the stories he is telling, as well as some comfort through the feeling of connectedness in common thoughts and wrestlings. as i have grown up i have felt as if his music has met me where i am and always had some form of reassurance that there are still great musicians out there whose tales will reach far beyond the passing trends and remain great many years from now.

    andrewlafayette — September 5, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

  • Sounds like lots of fun. I’d complain about being in Connecticut and unable to attend, but saw Gillian Welch at Newport Folk…they were terrific, just had the crowd in their hands in the summer sun.
    Revelator is a song that just HAUNTS me…absolutely epic in every way.
    Enjoy the blog as always–sounds like you’ve had a great summer too. Keep up the great work!

    Rob — September 6, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

  • Geography prevents me from claiming the tickets, but there are many Gillian Welch lyrics I love…
    For my 9 year old who has trouble falling asleep:”Make me a pallet on your floor.”
    For my paranoid, crazy work neighbor who claims to be a former beauty queen: “Miss Ohio.”
    When I find myself kind of sad in a good way:”Everything is Free.”
    As someone who wonders what having a happy childhood in a functional family might have been like: “I had a real good mother and father.”
    This is one of the more interesting music questions I’ve been asked in quite some time. Thanks!

    Anne V. — September 8, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

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