When it’s classic, leave your kids at home

January 12, 2012
On my bed, Jakarta

Dear Parents Who Brought Their Kids To The Classical Music Concert Last Night:

I have no doubt that both of us, me and you — Parents, share the same interests in classical music. Who are your favorites? Mine are a lot! But the top three might be Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Bach. I am a bit bored with Mozart lately.

Anyway, I am very sure that you might (or might not) have other names. Maybe Brahms? Correct! The young maestro Iskandar Widjaja did play a Brahms, Scherzo, last night. I think it was some three notes F–A-flat–F or something right? As Iskandar mentioned this Frei Aber Einsam (FAE) or “Free, But Lonely” notes before he started playing. I don’t know Brahms that well, apology.

So, what do you think about his last night’s concert? Agreed, he was indeed great (aside from being incredibly hot too)! I think it was pretty short, but I could catch his energy and every single distinctive sound he made with his violin. When I closed my eyes, last night during the concert, and listened to him… I felt like: damn, it’s a recording quality!

I don’t know how you made it to the concert, Parents, but I literally struggled to get there on time. I took a taxi, and asked the driver to go to Bintaro via Tanah Kusir (it’s the nearest route from my place in Palmerah). I swear to God I got inside the taxi at 5.30 p.m. or 90 minutes prior the concert. But an hour and a half anticipation did not seem enough for Jakarta-Bintaro’s demented traffic. Two bloody intersections in Tanah Kusir alone ate my 50 to 60 minutes up. I was about to cry, you know, in panic and despair. I kept asking the driver were we still far from Bintaro toll entry? (I think me and my friend, Hanief, should thank him that he did not kick us out of his cab). Oh yes, don’t mention the rain! I know, It worsen the traffic. Sucks to the max.

But traffic was one thing, dearest Parents. I had of course another issue called “a black dress.” I did not know what I have been munching in the past six months, but now my cute black dress is failing me (or me failing it). It doesn’t fit me anymore, me and my holly fat. I ended up wearing my black ruffles dress, I should thank Elvin for that, because it was her who suggested me to pick that one. I did not look that “black tie ready” but I was fine. Yes, I observed that you Parents also came out with some sweet dresses and suits.

So you see, it was a miracle that I made it there — magically — on time. And of course, as your own plans, too, I supposed, we only wanted to enjoy the concert.

Oh Parents, but did you actually notice what happened then? I couldn’t believe my ears, but besides catching every incredible sound Iskandar was producing with his violin, I also could hear this continuous coughing noise made by little kids. Continuously means non-stop, mind you, for minutes. Also, several other children’s noise, I think some of them was about to cry, another yelled a word or something. It happened in several seconds, then stopped. Then the kids made that noise again. Stopped and on again.

I know, it did not happen that long. But still, was several times and very irritating.

It went very annoying like this: beautiful sound of violin, Iskandar was playing Ravel, Sonate Pour Violon Et Piano, with Christine Utomo. Cough cough cough. Violon et piano. Yell yell yell. Violon et piano. Cry cry cry. Violon et piano. Cough cough cough.

Seriously, Parents, with all due respect, what the fuck?

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I am the Weekend Warrior

WHAT DOES A WEEKEND Warrior do? Well, she goes to the coolest gig at weekend and does participate not the Earth Hour *straight face*

Ah, I felt soooo bad about it. I am so sorry, Mother Earth! But it’s MGMT coming to Jakarta. Yeah, THE MGMT, the Andrew and Ben. The boho duo, the psychedelic rock band!

It was over the weekend, on Saturday at Bengkel Night Park. So I went to their gig along with hundreds of young and not so young people consumed some mega-watt electricity during the Earth Hour. They played for Beatfest, with Sajama Cut and The Whitest Boy Alive performing before them. Yep yep, The Whitest Boy Alive, isn’t Erlend Øye cute? :D

MGMT is not just some band, they are one of the bands I wanted to see in a live performance, wouldn’t miss it for world! Still remember this?

And betcha, they were absofuckinlutely awesome!!

They turned me on with their electric feel! All photos in this post are the courtesy of Arientha Primanita.

Their music is… different. Their videos are SICK, their lyrics are DEEP, and their looks are BOHO! What a combo!! I went to the gig with my dearest gig-partner, Arientha. And for the very first time, I think, she found out my true age: 17 :D She’s helplessly innocent, having no idea that I am a Weekend Warrior who’s biggest dream [when I was like 19] was to jump to a concert crowd and mosh-pitting around, yiiiihhhaaaaaa.

Surely, I yelled, I sang, I jumped, I danced, I screamed during the show. I’m a weekend warrior, I’m a curse and I’m a sound, when I open up my mouth!

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And the best one of the year…

All photos are taken by me except the last one [and not so good because it was only from a BlackBerry's camera. I was too busy I forgot the pocket camera]

IT WAS MONTHS ago when a friend of mine, Fikri, told me that Vampire Weekend was going to play in Berlin. I was so mad at that time I could only reply: fuck.

Yes, I was mad at the condition. I love Vampire Weekend, I am so mad about them, I MUST go to their concert, and it MUST be ASAP!

But Fikri replied: “You know what? My father is a big fan of Genesis. He loves them since he was in high school. And once he told my mother, if Genesis gets to play in Indonesia, likely would be in Jakarta, he wanted to go to the capital. He asked for a permission to leave for days to see Genesis in a live concert,” he said.

“But you know, up to date, my father hasn’t got the chance to see them. They don’t come to Indonesia. But my father still loves them.”

Well, okay, that sounds wise, especially since it came out from a 19 yo boy! But was he telling me that I could still love Vampire Weekend even if I would never get a chance to see them in a live performance until I have a son aged 19? I was afraid that I couldn’t see their concert until I grow old. Err… older.

I mean, they are not as famous as Coldplay, that’s obvious. And even Coldplay hasn’t gone to Indonesia, yet. So you know how hopeless I was, at that time.

But turned out, I had a date with destiny and Vampire Weekend, yesterday. YES. Vampire Weekend came to Jakarta, YESTERDAY. And I went to their gig. And I went crazy in the gig, frankly speaking. lol.

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