Friday, May 02, 2008

What is it about me...?

...and long haired men? Never mind. It doesn't matter.

On Wednesday night I took three kids to see a bizarre concert featuring tall slender northern European metalheads rocking instruments normally played with reserved constraint.

Apocalyptica were everything I hoped they'd be -- not a single backup guitar or bass or keyboard rig, no Mac running background tracks. Four guys with cellos and an incredible drummer.

I should have brought my camera. That old "No cameras or recording devices" thing has pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur.

Listen, I legitimately dig this metal-classical hybrid, despite being exposed to very little classical music in my formative years. But I'm not gonna lie. These guys are my type!

Long haired, bearded, kinda pretty.

Gets me every time. I confess. I give up.

I like 'em just slightly scruffy. Guys who are perfectly groomed make me nervous... because I'm not perfectly groomed.

I love this one the most.

Eighteen years ago, I couldn't believe how many people asked me if he'd be cutting his hair short before the wedding. I was puzzled by the idea. Why would he? It's him. I fell for the long black eyelashes and that soft fine hair... and his green eyes... and giant shoulders...

...all of which he still has!

I really should post a picture of his teenage self with his guitar. If I didn't have a thing about musicians before that...

Those Scandinavians may be dishy in that statuesque Hall of the Mountain King kind of way, and Johnny Depp may be gorgeous in that Cherokee Ancestry kind of way, but I have the biggest weakness of all for the son of two English immigrants.

(Speaking of pretty boys, I'm going to see my horse this weekend!)


dilling said...

have a great weekend.

Biddie said...

I LOVE that photo.
I knew Mr.Jethro when he had short buzz cut kinda hair. He was miserable, and it was not him...
Now, on the other hand, Shawn has a buzzcutkindashavedbalding head, and I just can't picture him with the long hair that he used to have. Actually, he was sort of a hair bag..I like him much more now :)

LadyBronco said...

Oh My GOD!

I have never heard of this band, but I am going to have to buy some of their music for my oldest son.

He loves heavy metal, and he plays the violin.


You rock Heidi ~ thank you for a fabulous Friday post!!

Heidi the Hick said...

dilling- ahhhhhh...Thank you I will.

Biddie- I totally missed that time of his life. Although from the old pictures, I do think he was a purely adorable little kid. Of course anybody looked cute in pictures when they were 7 and I've heard what a little **** he was!

Shawn is adorable. End of story.

Lady B, I do think your boy should check these guys out. I hadn't even heard of them until a month ago and I'm HOOKED! They're great musicians and writers. And they're huge in Europe - they've sold millions and records and play to stadium crowds. In Toronto they played a little club.

It must be cool, though, after looking at a stadium full of people, to be able to see the audience's faces.

Trailboss said...

Are you still having cold weather up there?

Heidi the Hick said...

It was warm for 2 weeks, now it's RAINING and not real warm! At least everything's green.

Rebecca K. O'Connor said...

I'm so glad to hear they were awesome live. I've been loving Apocaplytica for a while now and their new single has been my only itunes download this year. (lovin' that too) I'm going to be in Victoria when they are here in So Cal though in a couple of weeks. damn it. Guess your review is going to have to be enough.

Anita said...

What a great post! :)

Everyone used to ask Rick when he was going to cut his hair... now they ask him IF he's going to cut his hair... maybe someday they'll just accept him the way he is!!

You can tell by my blog I am attracted to the same kind of men, I took more pictures of Bruce Hall at the REO concert than any of the others... lol

Jethro said...

Am I the luckiest guy in the world or what? Seriously, most guy's wives are secretly longing for the day when he's going to grow up and cut the damned hair off...

Hey Biddie, I can't imagine Shawn with a mop, and he has a good, smooth, (relatively) defect-free skull... I, on the other hand, have all kinds of odd knobbly bits on my noodle that would look quite odd, when shorn down to the wood.

I have a guitar-player friend who recently took it down, and discovered he has a noticeable bulge on one side of his cranium... Ooops!...

Can't believe I get to be in the same post as the Cello-Metal gods... Still crazy about her after 21 years... xoxoxo

(ps... The ... fixation is really showing today...)

JKB said...

This is great, Heidi! I am totally gonna listen to these guys...the Northern Lands are only a hop skip and jump away.

I have to check them out.

PS - great post and you and hubs are so adorable!

Heidi the Hick said...

Jethro, baby, you are so stuck with me it ain't even funny.

(Yeah, you're in good company!)

John Q. Public esq. said...

I have long back hair, does that count? I wear it in corn rows, with beads and stuff...

all my best,


Heidi the Hick said...

Jkb- yes, do check them out, and thanks for the adorable compliment!

jqp- ha, good to see you again! And I'm so glad you've kept up the cornrows. The beads are a nice touch...!

CindyDianne said...

I hope Phoenix was a good boy this weekend! I miss JJ.

Heidi the Hick said...

I know you miss JJ. I hope you get to see him soon!

Phoenix was lovely this weekend and I'm working on a nice lil report as we speak!

JKB said...

Okay Heidi, these guys are insane great. I just bought a CD>

Evidently you're right, they have a massive following over here. The clerk didn't even twitch, just led me over to the MASSIVE chunk of CDs. LOL

And my my are they handsome too. :)

Thanks for a great new band! The cellos as hard rock objects constantly crack me up.

Heidi the Hick said...

I know! It's hilarious, but friggin heaaaavy!

I love it.

They speak german too, y'know.

As for handsome... it makes you wonder if there are any homely lookin people in Finland.

Having seen them from less than 15 feet away, I can assure you that they are THAT good looking in real life!!!!

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