I did a lot of exploring in and out of exhibits or talks, the only gigs I saw were the SR shows. I guess part of this was that I volunteered to help the Sena crew with logistics - while that was fun, it was pretty distracting. I'd be stacking beer in the artists lounge and then realize I was missing something I'd wanted to see. I caught Alex's exhibit and performance, Dean DuBlois talking about Heima and a bit of his talk on Go Live, although it overlapped with something I was assigned to do.
Overall, I'm glad I did the volunteering though. How else would one ever find themselves pouring Brennivín into tiny plastic shot glasses for a hundred prone bodies in a very dark and smoke filled room? On a good day I have trouble pouring my own coffee. Bit stressful, but once I finally gave up on the Black Death bartending gig, I really, really loved the soundbath. Cheers to you Vaka_1975 for your steadying help around the bodies. I also thought it was nice that Jónsi was hands on setting up, lighting the incense to be placed, really trying to make the experience perfect. It was.
Then there was perfecting the snack trays and clearing out in the dressing rooms - Mogwai wins the neatness prize. Rolling up the rugs after performances, cutting metric tons of bread and vegetables, urns and urns of coffee, and stocking maybe 50 cases of NoN beer in various places. We certainly got the Cook's tour of Harpa! No money could buy you the sights we saw. At one point I was directed so far into the kitchen and refrigerators I wasn't sure I would ever get out. And the view from production on the fourth floor was something else! I'm pretty sure Darren turned down any pay just to be able to sit there and gaze out over the bay. RIght?
The 30th was the 50th show for me - since Seattle 8/8/2012. I know I've mentioned this before, I guess I'm trying to believe it myself. So I've well passed the point of much surprise, and of course each set and song is familiar. The set changes over time, but the changes have been ... um... glacial? Sorry. And yeah, well maybe nothing is startling or eyebrow raising anymore, but I love the the music no less. Sounding truly hackneyed here, I'm gonna say it still transports me.
Of these four shows, I really like the second night. It seems the edges were smoothed, the audience was definitely better. The third and (yes) the fourth gigs, Jónsi's voice had that discernible rasp. No big deal, and both shows had super bits in them, and the last was obviously an emotional rollercoaster. But for a balance of getting it right, getting some feedback, and relaxing a little more, my vote is for the 28th.
But if I cried on the 30th, I'm sure it was just that bit of wood from the bass in my eye.