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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Backstage is the new awesome

My friend john (as formerly seen on thenewawesome) happens to be an extremely talented musician, and was one of Sufjan Stevens' Illinoisemakers on tour last time that he was making the rounds.


Which means when Sufjan came to town again this week and needed 200 blow-up Santa and Superman dolls to throw from the balconies onto unsuspecting concert goers below, John got to be the man for the job. And since Casey, Amanda and I are best friends with John, that means we got to be the people for the job as well. Which means we actually got to be backstage for a show that is totally worth being backstage for.


We got right to work inflating those dolls, but broke the automated pump three supermen (supermans?) into the pile. Which meant the other 197 had to be blown up 100% by lung power.


Once we had an impressive pile, we started climbing around in the dolls, taking photos in them. The very first time Sufjan walked into the room, Casey was in the midst of doing this:


That was maybe a little embarassing, so we got out of the dolls and got back to work. But not before taking a photo with Sufjan first.


Then as soon as Sufjan left, we all hopped right back in again.


The best part was getting to actually toss the dolls during specific songs during the performance. We hauled these garbage bags full of the dolls up to the balcony and then let them rain down on the audience during a few of the songs. I just like thinking of all the people fighting over a doll that i spit in.


The show was so super fantastic, too. Everyone on stage wore these wings, and the projected behind them were these ethereal images of clouds and kites and such.


It was a beautiful show, and i took a blowup Superman home with me to remember it always.

18 Comments:

  • At 4:13 AM, Anonymous kirk said…

    I will attest to your lung power.

     
  • At 6:05 AM, Blogger bex said…

    those 4 years on the high school swim team totally paid off

     
  • At 7:23 AM, Blogger Tyler said…

    best. post. everrrrr.

    (sorry, bets. fake-B wins today!)

     
  • At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Did you know that my boyfriend is Superman? Yep, he sure is.

     
  • At 8:47 AM, Blogger bets said…

    Alice, did you know I'm in love with your shirt in your profile pic? Please tell me it's not from some far off place or one of a kind. Please tell me they are mass producing them at Forever 21 so I can go buy one tonight.

     
  • At 9:44 AM, Blogger veeda said…

    Oh my gosh. I am so jealous. You were surrounded by the best of company (and I'm not referring to the blow up dolls).

     
  • At 10:48 AM, Anonymous kylie said…

    seriously, i never have exciting stuff like that to blog about!

     
  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    kirk might attest to their lung power, but i bet sufjan stevens won't.

     
  • At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this is cameron. i am in salt lake and i want becca to know that i truly despise her guts. did sufjan leave when you told him that you dated an aquabat? or was it when he saw that you werent going to have sex with him multiple times, as we previously agreed that you would? or was it when he realized that rather than call and relate all of your sufjanic adventures to your best friend cameron (who is in the first place responsible for you even meeting sufjan)you would send him one stinky text telling him to check your blog. well guess what, i checked it, and now i hate you even more. traitor. traitorsaurus (thats for you aaron)

     
  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger bets said…

    cam you win best comment ever on the new awesome ever of all time and eternity forever and always.

     
  • At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Danny said…

    Jealous.

     
  • At 3:21 PM, Blogger Manfoom said…

    Dear Rebecca,

    I wrote a book about how much I now hate you and your superman inflating ways.

    It is like four volumes long and has etchings by Albrecht Durer.

    -M.foom

     
  • At 10:20 PM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    do you like my new picture cameron?

     
  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger dävid said…

    sufjan looked pissed off you were having so much fun in the superman.

    going with the chris de burgh approach to seduce sufjan, interesting.

    and i'm really damn jealous of you... truth be told.

     
  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger bex said…

    sorry cameron and damian, sufjan had asked me personally if he could meet you both, but now that you wrote me hater comments, i am going to call him and tell him to forget it

     
  • At 7:19 PM, Blogger Manfoom said…

    now that just sounds spiteful. But I am like Chumbawumba. I get knocked down, but I get up again.

     
  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger brian said…

    i met danielson this summer. he's like if sufjan was cool. sufjan would agree with me.

     
  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger emily said…

    a dedication to the boy (nameless) who made me miss helping with this fun stuff: anger!!

     

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