The Last Shop Show
This is how it went:
I got there pretty early because I was on one of my walks and was in the nearby vicinity. Rachel and Julia were putting up their polaroids. I pointed out the ones I wanted to steal and they hung those ones a little higher. The kitchen smelled like Thanksgiving (which turned out to be oatmeal cookies and spaghetti sauce). There were only four videos: one in which a man had to fight four shopping carts, a music video of Thors, a clip from Casino Royale dubbed four times onto a videocassette, and a dream that Jamie had and made into a movie. All of these videos were brief, to the point and most importantly hilarious.
John Acquadro and Spencer Owen played solid sets (John made the audience cookies in his set). An ensemble consisting of Tori playing violin, a girl playing the bassoon and I playing wine glasses with water in them performed Jamie's composition of 'Balloon Music' where the audience let balloons up in the air and we looked at a projection of a musical staff and played notes corresponding to the location of the balloons on the staff. Jamie announced that 'the shop show is everywhere!' and then we had a parade over to another house where the shop show was to continue. There were about fifty of us, goofy with reverie and excited about what was to come. We were very disrespectful of the motorists (mostly friends), causing many an auto-car dismay with a large pink blanket that covered the streets with awkwardness and flowiness. There was a large line for the bathroom. Max S., Vanessa and I took advantage of this audience to play an energetic rendition of "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Vanessa on keyboard, Max playing a purple storage bin and I standing above the crowd on the kitchen counter insisting that I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free
Nick and Zak and Moishe and possibly somebody else played their ramblin' man songs and everybody sang along and took pictures and were very excited. Em and Katie got up and sang an acapella rendition of "Tonight You Belong to Me". After this Mike and I performed "Fabulous" which was receieved very well. Jamie stood up on a pedestal with an electric guitar and said "this next song is called 'I love each and every one of you and will continue to do so until the day I die'". He then cut the end of a string off of the guitar and cut open a ballpoint pen and had everybody in the room give him a single dot of a tattoo, pressing in the guitar sting until it broke the skin. Mine was about two centimeters to the upper right of his right nipple.
Thor played a song from Sesame Street about not wanting to go to the moon. 1,028 Exclamation points (Jen and I) played a set that was received very well. Even though we are more of a sit-down band, everybody decided that it was an okay thing to start dancing really excitedly. They got in a circle and started dancing around the room, as if we were in the middle of a Greek wedding. Even though we were only going to play two songs, Nick requested 'I Love You For Your Money' and they danced excitedly to that one also. When we finished 'The Future is Today' the crowd was still dancing, so we kept up the song and I wrecked a few fingers. Our set ended with me holding the guitar up in the air and screaming "America!!!"
The night split up, some of us going to a high school to swim in the pool, some of us toddling off to other parties, some of us going off to wait an hour just for the water to get there in a certain local all-night diner, some of us stuck as designated drivers, none of us going to sleep.