When the Kid was about 5, she discovered the album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel. She had different favorite songs on the album over time, with all time favorites being Two-Headed Boy and The King of Carrot Flowers part 1. Since Neutral Milk Hotel dissolved as a band long before Emma was born, there wasn’t much hope of taking her to see them, as awesome as that would have been. However, when Jeff Mangum started touring solo in 2011, we figured that was a must, and we took a weekend trip to Oakland in April of 2012 to see him play at the Fox Theatre. Of course, by that time, the Kid was 8, and while she still listened to In the Aeroplane on occasion, she had also moved on to other musical obsessions. Thankfully, she was still pretty excited about the trip, and the show, and she had a great time seeing taking her red fox named Jumper to see the King of Carrot Flowers (as she reffered to him) play live. Of course it goes without saying that the Boyfriend and I also had great time, and the show was fantastic, as evidenced by this video, not taken by me.
Fast forward to 2013 and we find out that the King of Carrot Flowers will be playing at Spreckles Theater in San Diego, much closer to home. We procured some great seats, and come the night of the show the Kid, and Jumper, were excited to go.
Before the music started, we admired the beautiful inside of the theater, and the Kid took some pictures with my phone. We marveled at the number of shows that the statues and the people on the painted ceiling have seen since the theater opened in 1912.
We also marveled at Jeff’s beard, which prompted the Kid to remark as he walked on stage “wow, he grows hair fast!” Here is a video, from a recent show in Boston so you can witness the current beard and music in all its glory:
A great night of great music was made even more fun by enjoying it with so many other friends also in attendence, and especially by stealthily glancing out of the corner of my eye from time to time to see the Kid singing along, and at times, seeing both her and Jumper gazing at the stage mezmerized (and possibly very tired). On the walk to the car after we left the show, the Kid was just jubilantly happy and was tossing out some pretty great commentary. Note that she has moved from referring to him as the King of Carrot Flowers to “Jeff.” Now that she’s seen him play twice, I guess they’re on a first name basis. Here are a few of her quotes, for your enjoyment:
I love Jeff”s music. And his voice. Its like gypsies making music.
His voice is like the sirens. The ships on the ocean follow his voice. But its not like the scary pointy teeth sirens in that Sinbad movie, its the beautiful sirens.
I changed my mind. I like Jeff’s beard. He looks pretty cute, huh? (Looks like Bieber has been replaced. Whew.)
Jeff’s hat. Its like the ocean to my turf. (I don’t even know what this means, but she said it in all seriousness, and I managed not to outwardly giggle).
For more about Jeff Mangum, his music, and his shows go here.