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Personal/Musical/Theological Notebook: Back from Over The Rhine and Vienna Teng 
8th-Oct-2009 11:15 pm
Over The Rhine
Just in from an evening with Mike and Donna (and Mike's visiting brother Nick) down at the gorgeous old Papst Theater in Milwaukee taking in a show by Over The Rhine, with Vienna Teng opening for them. She was new to me, with me only have heard one song of hers from Emily. Swoon. Both with lovely sets, and OTR as good as I've ever seen them. I wish I could follow them the next two nights to Madison and Minneapolis, as Mike was thinking would be cool, if only I weren't going to trump good music with visiting family over the weekend. Anyway, concert details to follow. And bootlegs.

Mike and I were naturally curious in seeing a song entitled "Augustine" on her latest disc, and in talking with her after the show, she told us of reading The Confessions as a freshman at Stanford, and the sense of struggle or challenge in the text staying with her across the years until she wrote the song. So I'll drop her name for a little extra celebrity glitter when I try to sell reading our large selection of The Confessions to my own freshmen in a few weeks.

9th-Oct-2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
She's awesome. I've been a big fan for a long time. (http://weaklingrecords.livejournal.com/tag/vienna+teng). We've seen her in little tiny venues, and in much bigger places, most recently at the East Lansing Arts Festival in May of this year. She never disappoints. Buy her albums. They're gooood.
9th-Oct-2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
How serendipitous! There's a song of hers that I have loved for years because it was featured in a TV programme, but I only identified it and tracked her down last week. I am now absolutely smitten with her first album Waking Hour, and carefully pacing downloads of her more recent work.
9th-Oct-2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't pick up that one, but I was definitely quite taken with her, too.
9th-Oct-2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I grabbed Warm Strangers and Inland Territory. I had her autograph the latter, and while I was talking with her she took the first, too, and then went through colossal struggles trying to unwrap it to autograph it as well, making my friends make fun of me for "making her do all your work." Yes, I thought she very much held her own against Over The Rhine: a first-rate songwriter. She looped herself repeatedly for vocals and making her own percussion, which I thought so much cooler than playing with recorded tracks: it honoured the audience with all the music being "live."
13th-Oct-2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Angelia Brunner DeWeese made a Facebook comment about your note "Personal/Musical/Theological Notebook: Back from Over The Rhine and Vienna Teng":

Oh I am so entirely jealous for myself that you got to see Over the Rhine; but glad for you! Peoria just doesn't seem to be a part of most people's tour schedules, alas!
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