My favorite band, King’s X, stopped in Austin for a show last Sunday night. Even though I love these guys, I debated whether to go. Knowing I’d have an early morning meeting the next day made the thought of being out late a less than appealing idea. Still, it’s King’s X! I knew I’d kick myself if I didn’t make the show. I opted to kick myself in the morning when the alarm would go off.
While I got a photo pass the last couple of times they came to town, I decided I was just going to enjoy the show this time. My Fujifilm rig stayed at home. As luck would have it, I ran into a friend at the show and we got to hang out. We even weaseled our way to the front of the stage. It was a blast. Of course, my iPhone made an appearance from my pocket to snap a couple of shots. Mainly I just wanted to grab a photo to add to a checkin on Facebook. I promptly put the phone away after getting a decent photo.
At the end of the show, the guys did Goldilox. That’s a wonderful ballad from the first album and a huge fan favorite. The deal with Goldilox live is that the audience does the singing while guitarist Ty quietly strums. It’s always a beautiful thing. Damn it if I didn’t feel like I needed to take another photo when Dug sat down right in front of me. I grabbed a quick couple of snaps and then caught his eyes in my phone screen. “What the hell am I doing?”, I asked myself. This is a real moment, here and now. Put the damned camera away and connect with a human being in something special. The memory will be so much more powerful than a photo. I stashed the phone for the night and sang Goldilox with a bunch of other people. It was awesome.