Monday, October 23, 2006

Dancing in the Street

Night Dance

When the Stones played Zilker Park
50,000 people paid $100 each to go inside
the fence, to catch a glimpse of Mick Jagger
in red sequins dance, belt out classics —
he even sang "Bob Wills is King,"
the crowd went wild.

We sat on our front porch.
One of the twins
and his wife and baby girl walked down
to the park and returned with the news
that it was easier
to hear the Stones from our yard
than close up.

I pointed a phone at the sky.
My sister in California caught a riff
"Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself."

The other twin and his girlfriend
sat on the tailgate of a pickup
in the driveway snuggling and

At one point I said something
and he said,
"Speak up Mom. We’re at a Concert."

Jay and I sat on the porch —
a plate of blackened chicken,
warm bread, a glass of wine.

The momentum of cheering crowds
washed across our neighborhood in waves.

Later, we danced in the street with our
two year old granddaughter,
then watched fireworks thru the branches
of trees holding the beat.

Gotta love South Austin.
We’ve got a local bumper sticker —
78704: Not a Zip Code, A Way of Life.

©Susan Bright, 2006,

Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.

* Night Dance Art, Lily Simons


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Blogger oZ said...

I was at the concert, about 40 feet away from the stage.

Maybe it was the perfect temperature, maybe the perfect breath of air, or just the great sunset, but the stage was set for a great performance.

We caught the last of the Los Lonely Boys and they were tight and on.

Then as the sun went down, we gazed at the gigantic stage. The sound was beautifully laid down across the 42,000 personed crowd with large vertical curved speakers that kept the front stage from being a no ear land. In fact the sound up front was just about right.

We miraculously joined our friends from Real De Catorce who had come up from Mexico to see the show along with some other good friends.

When the show opened, the giant screen and blast of flames and other fireworks blew your hair backwords.

The rough looking biker in front of me leaned back and said,

The Stones are still the Kings.

And they are.

Keith Richards was his usual odd self, and Charlie and Ron were totally on.

When the stage broke off and glided like a raft and moved out into the middle of the crowd, it put a new dimension into stage shows.

All of the lights, the giant stage with its private seats, the fire, the well engineered sound system, and the fact that it was shot to be their new DVD put plenty of energy in the air, certainly enough for SB to dance in the street some 15 blocks away.

No one left early.

As we walked away, I told Humberto that this show was "historic".

It was the best rock and roll show I have ever seen.

It may have been the best rock and roll show,


2:00 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

Oh Yeah, and Mick Jagger gave us all a great more than a little satisfaction.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last Saturday, my wife and I went to this season's opening of the Houston Grand Opera, and Sunday, we went to a performance of the Houston Symphony. Am I missing something by not appreciating the Stones, or are you?

Keep your very much needed blogs coming. CHF

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one Susan! Sorry I was out of town and missed it. Our neighborhood
listserve has been filled with people's tales of hearing and enjoying the concert from miles away.


2:56 PM  
Blogger SB said...

We are about five blocks away -- if you count the distance from the edge of the fense to the stage -- it would be six.

Our postman, who lives at the edge of the park said the sound rattled his windows. They listened from their patio.

I'm a classical music girl myself, from a family of musicians who perform in churches -- but hey! The Stones are fab.;


3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 blocks?

can I park in your drive next time? SP

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for making it come alive. mw

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said the sound was perfect?
What is perfwect sound?
I went to a Stones Concert at Candle Stick Park and the drink I was drinking had waves in it from the vibration. I like the music but not the decibles. Perfect is.....?

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool Susan!!!! I was in the street too! or front yard!!!


8:32 AM  
Blogger oZ said...

The sound was "perfect" in the sense that the vertical, linear and curved sound system laid the sound out evenly over the entire area.

I have phone video where you can hear me say "wow" over the music.

We were 40 or so feet from the stage and didn't need cotton during the show or bandages after the show.

9:03 AM  

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