Monday, July 25, 2011

The Age of Adz: 2011 European Tour

About two months ago, I saw Sufjan Stevens for the first time. This is going to be a difficult post to write, because it won't be about just one thing. I don't think I can fit everything I want to say in a neat narrative or argument that has a beginning, progresses to a middle and finally reaches an ending. I want to talk about my relationship with Sufjan's music, more specifically the songs in The Age of Adz, as well as the live rendition of those songs; and I want to do that in a way that chronicles the experience of attending four shows on his 2011 European tour: first in Gateshead and Manchester, UK, then in Porto and Lisbon, Portugal. So this is going to be a look into Sufjan's music, but also an exercise in personal memory keeping.