Sunday, September 23, 2007

Manchester Orchestra

Aaaargh, I did it again! I proved my ignorance about popular music, when I really didn't mean to.

After tonight's Taize Evening Prayer in a beautiful space with the biggest crowd the chaplaincy has had since last spring, I settled in at a table of what appeared to be grad students. Hunting for a way in for conversation with one of them, I noticed that her mug advertized "Manchester Orchestra." Since many of the undergraduates who come to our church are string players, I made an assumption here, too. I said, "I noticed your mug. Do you play in an orchestra?"

They were so very nice to me, when they could have rolled their eyes and laughed. "No," she said, "actually, The Manchester Orchestra is a band from Atlanta. She added, "They played on David Letterman about two weeks ago." "Ah," I said, but I wouldn't have seen that, either.

Really, I don't live in a cave. It just seems like it some nights.



Blogger Emily Williams said...

I didn't know that either! And I would have asked the same question, especially given your previous post. Although, I'm notoriously clueless about pop music, too . . .

but I really, really like early music! Doesn't . . . that . . . count? For anything?

9:00 PM  
Blogger Merely Human said...

I must live in the cave with you. I'm from Atlanta and I've never heard of this band. But that's really not so surprising, actually.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Ditto. I mean, about not knowing this band, and how I would have made the same assumption, not about being from Atlanta and liking early music.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woulda gotten me too. Never heard of them. Ah, the college years, and trying to seem so worldly with little-known-band swag.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Although maybe it would be good to start watching Letterman? You know, you could bill it as work time! And you could say with aplomb, "Yeah, I saw her/him/them on Letterman."

5:38 AM  

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