Josh (desh) wrote,

I read torah yesterday morning! (13 psukim, second half of shishi.) First time in almost a year. I did well, but not quite up to my personal standards. Oh well; practice makes perfect, I guess. Next time will be better.

Then I went to Live 8! After lunch, jox and I went over to Alanna and Cheryl's apartment on the parkway. We hung out, napped, and watched the "concert" (by which I mean the trees, the throngs of people, and the giant outdoor video screens) for an hour or two. Then we went outside to watch some more with a slightly better view. Wandered around enough to finally meet up with sherbieroni, after running into various other people we knew.

The concert was neat. I enjoyed it more for the crowds than for the bands, honestly. Sarah McLachlan and Rob Thomas were decent, but Stevie Wonder was the only really good act I saw. I finally see why everyone likes him so much.

The London concert was so much better, though. I mean, to have Sir Paul, Coldplay, U2, REM, The Who, and Pink Floyd all in one place? You can make an argument that those latter four are the four best living bands. It was really funny to watch the crowd mostly seated for the acts that were actually on stage, but then stand up and watch the screens for the between-act clips from London.

I didn't get to see any of Pink Floyd's set until just now. I'm so glad I did; I couldn't stay dry-eyed through all of it. I mean, I'm not exaggerating when I say that the first guitar solo of Comfortably Numb (right after the first chorus, the one based on the chords in the chorus, and the one at time index 18:07 in the video I just linked) has been the most influential guitar solo of my life. (Okay, that's not the most far-reaching of declarations, but still.) To see a clip of David Gilmour playing it live and in public while standing next to Roger Waters for the first time since I was 2? Yeah, I cried a bit. You wanna make something of it?

If they tour, I'd spend a good amount of money to see them.

Oh, right, the concert was about poverty or something, too. I don't see the connection. I'm not sure how much awareness they raised, and I hope they didn't spend too much money on the concert that could've been better put toward the problem directly. The DVD sales will help, though. I know I'll buy one. Of London.

Now, I actually have a normal-person weekend! Two full days, and two full evenings, with no responsibilities or restrictions! So last night I didn't go out, and today I cleaned. Yay. Hopefully I'll see Maxine and/or stephaniepepys tonight and/or tomorrow, though. The weekend is young yet.

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