by Andrew Roger
One of the big draws of the OEAA Summer Showcase July 9, 2011 was the opportunity to discover new bands. But hunger, tired bodies, work stress and other obligations often distract us. Even in these times, a song can lift us up and make us new again. This moment is the dream for music appreciators — when you forget about time, space and reality.
As the record spins or the sound guy finds the sweet spot, the song enraptures you, taking you to musical nirvana. There is no longer here and now. You're swept away — feeling anything but the music. The verse and chorus roll you along as wave after wave of joy hits you head on. Bridge skims the surface of melody, as if you could touch it. But because you can't help it, you subconsciously remind yourself of where and what you are — and pop.
The final chorus cresecendos, delivering you back to earth, right back into your body — to your hungry stomach and sore back. But still, you get a buzz, something to hold onto through the night, and maybe a CD so you can experience it all over again.
Somewhere between gettting to the Waiting Room and my getting that first well-deserved drink, the Ingrained crew shot a video of Skypiper. I don't remember doing it but I remember those pop rock melodies lifting me away and landing somewhere on the curve of the bar with a cold one. This video is the only proof that it happened. Enjoy this video and see if you remember watching it. Either way, I bet you'll remember Skypiper.
(Ed. Note: Skypiper releases its second full-length album Friday, Sept . 9 at The Waiting Room Lounge with Anniversaire and Tarlton. The 9 p.m. show costs $7. Find more info on HN's statewide music calendar.)
Cameras: Nate Gasaway, Andrew Roger
Edit: Andrew Roger