Monday, June 27, 2011

#wits, showing enthusiasm, Twitter



I went to see #wits with Neil Gaiman last friday. You can watch a streamed version here (Oops, not available anymore. :( Sorry.). Above is Galahad, Josh Ritter's last song of the show. He is the main reason we bought tickets. I love the way this man writes poetry. I first saw him perform a few years ago when he played at the varsity. I was an instant fan, enamored with his puppy-like energy. This same energy is also the same reason I married my husband. I am attracted to palpable non-Minnesotan ways of showing enthusiasm. Very different from my staid and grounded demeanor.

I have never wanted a smart phone so badly as when reading tweets up on the screen both before the show and during intermission. It was during intermission that the New York news hit that they had passed the Gay marriage law. The theater was already buzzing with a party like atmosphere because of the ability to make charming repartee via social media but when someone tweeted the news (I believe it was @editrixx, you know Steve Brezenoff don't you? Well, his wife made the announcement, didn't know at the time, only found out later on Twitter. If only I had a travel size Twitter-checker, I could have said hi.) The whole theater erupted in cheering. Such fun! Another non Minnesotan showing of enthusiasm. Another reason to love Twitter.

12 comments:

  1. A non Minnesotan showing of enthusiasm! Love it.

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  2. I know. Twitter makes me want to be mobile with technology as well. Sounds like an awesome time!

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  3. I never heard of Josh Ritter before, but I really like his style. Sounds like you had a great time. Nothing like awesome live music, huh?

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  4. P.S. Just waiting for your address to ship the book out to you. I was gone last week, so if you emailed it to me, I missed it somehow. Thanks!

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  5. Barbara - I usually stick up for Minnesotans, all the transplants I know give them a bum wrap! Why the heck do they live here?! But enthusiasm is not a strong suit.

    Heather - It was really energizing! So fun to have so many people interacting and over lapping.

    Lynn - Josh has tons of great songs, he is such a songwriter and is an awesome performer live if you ever get a chance to see him. I feel so appreciated by him when I go to his shows. It is really awesome! I sent you my address! Yay to the book! Thank you so much!

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  6. Ah, Josh Ritter rocks. Thanks for that I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  7. Ansha, YAY! Another Josh Ritter fan. :) I have always seen him so comfortable on stage. This time he was a little nervous. I would be too. Next to Neil Gaiman. But then Neil is so charming and works hard to make everybody comfortable.

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  8. Oh, no! I am so behind on everything, and now you reminded me of Twitter, too...maybe my illness was God's way of keeping me away from Twitter? :) I heart my smart phone.

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  9. Oh, Anita, with your iphone you are gonna be the envy of all the twitterers like me. Not to mention that dang iPad. :)

    Are you feeling better?

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  10. Oops, meant to say smart phone. Don't really know what kind it is...

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  11. Josh Ritter is so great, no doubt!

    Last night at Katy Perry, there were tweets too and I wish I could have been one of them.

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  12. J - I want to hear all about Katy Perry! What would you have tweeted?

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