The Reluctant Twilighter

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Johnny Flynn! Johnny Flynn! Johnny Flynn!!! August 24, 2009

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So it turns out that having one of the best weekends ever doesn’t actually make me want to sit down in front of a computer and blog about it…who knew? But I’ve finally come down from my two-week long high and am ready to relay to you my thoughts and feelings regarding the day I saw Johnny Flynn live at the Edmonton Folk Festival.  For those of you that know my secret identity (which is all of you, because you’re the only ones who read this thing) you’ve probably seen the ridiculously long, drawn-out story (with a hundred billion pictures) that I put up on Facebook.  I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’ll try to share what was not previously covered so y’all don’t get bored.  Just for kicks I’ll probably pretend that some other people perhaps may stumble upon this little blog someday and may not know what the heck I’m talking about.  So first a little background.

Back in November, I discovered that the cast of Twilight had celebrity playlists available on iTunes.  I love celebrity playlists on iTunes, and my Twilight obsession had only been forming for a couple of months at that time, so needless to say I was super excited, particularly for the one by a Mr. Robert Pattinson.  Rob had included a song by Johnny Flynn and his little note said that he had grown up with Johnny and that he recently saw him live and that he was amazing.  He also said, “Get this album its great.”  So what did I do?  I got the album, of course!  Didn’t really listen to it until a few days later…one night I couldn’t sleep so I remembered that lovely little song (“Brown Trout Blues,” to be exact) that I thought might relax me.  I dialed up the album on my iPod and was BLOWN AWAY.  I don’t think I ended up falling asleep for another couple of hours because I was so energized by this album.  This amazing album that sounded like nothing else ever that made me feel like my life would never be the same.  (I know, I’m being overdramatic.)

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Then tragedy struck.  The next day I immediately jumped on the interweb to learn more about my new music love, hoping that maybe he would be coming soon to a town near me, only to discover that he had already played a show in Seattle, exactly one month before!!  NOOOOO!!!!!!  I was devestated.  Heartbroken.  A thousand frowny-face emoticons cannot express how bummed I was.  (It still makes me sad, even now.)  So January rolled around and I made a resolution to see Johnny Flynn live, somehow in the year 2009.  If I was going to have to go all the way to London, than so be it.  Turned out my financial means were not coinciding with this noble aspiration, and I ended up pretty pessimistic about the possibility, all the while listening to the album at least twice a day, every day, telling everyone I knew about how great he was, desperately trying to share the love of Johnny Flynn to as many people as possible.  Cut to springtime when I found out he was playing at a random folk festival in Edmonton, Canada in August.  A quick Google search revealed that Edmonton was not really all that far away from Seattle (at least not as far as London) and my plan was set…Edmonton or bust!!  Oh, and PS, it turns out that he recorded his album at a secluded studio located a mere mile away from the house I grew up in, the house my dad still owns.  Coincidence?  I think not.  That killed me too.  He was hanging out in my home town last year and I had no idea!  WTF was he doing in the Pacific Northwest when he’s from London!?!?  It’s still a mystery to me, so therefore I declare it as fate bringing us together.

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Oh man, this is already taking way too long.  Okay, so two weeks ago I got on a plane and flew to Edmonton.  I was so excited, so nervous, so scared that he was going to cancel at the last minute, still in disbelief that it was actually happening…basically I was a mess.  But Saturday arrived and after a series of unfortunate/fortunate events, I finally made it in to see Johnny Flynn.  I really did cry the first time he opened his mouth and started singing.  It was just so overwhelming to hear it in person, something I had wanted for SO long.  Sigh.  It was amazing.  After the first little show I stalked him and his band for a little bit.  Okay, for a long time.  Which resulted in quite a few opportunities for me to say something to him.  Which resulted in me saying ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to him.  I was literally walking RIGHT NEXT TO HIM at one point, and I still couldn’t open up my mouth!  What a weirdo, yeah?  It was quite an enlightening experience though.  I always knew I was shy, but I did not know I was THIS shy.  I had originally thought that maybe it was just Johnny Flynn himself that was the problem.  But even when I saw just two of the boys from his band walking around, I still couldn’t muster up the courage. 5 cute British boys=too intimidating.  2 cute Britsh boys=still too intimidating.  It had me wondering if there would ever be a situation where I could say something.  For example, if JF ended up in the seat next to me on a plane perhaps, could I say something then?  Who knows…I’m an idiot.  That’s what I do know.

Just so you all know, Johnny is completely gorgeous in person.  He’s got rosy cheeks, disheveled, sandy-colored hair (that he constantly runs his fingers through, just like Rob!), and his teeth are almost as white as Taylor’s.  Pictures do not do him justice. Also, like Rob, he was quite charming and funny but in a shy kind of way.

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Anyways, the second, larger show was incredible.  The entire band was amazing…I have to recognize the entire band.  This whole time I’ve just been writing “Johnny Flynn” but what I mean to say is “Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit.”  It’s just that that takes to long to type.  But his band is great.  They’re all cute and super-talented and I love each and every one of them.  Especially Joe, the cello player.  I actually went away from the weekend with more of a crush on Joe than Johnny…go figure!  Anyways, the show was great, the weekend was great, and I was the happiest I’ve ever been.  Here are my favorite moments:

    At one point I ended up walking about ten feet behind the entire band.  They were walking to drop off their instruments, and I was following them.  An older gentleman who was walking the opposite direction, just as he passed Johnny and his band, said very loudly, “Looking forward to this afternoon!!”  All five boys whipped their heads around SO FAST, one can only assume that they thought he was talking about their show.  But sadly, he was actually talking to his friend who had been seperated from him by the dear boys of the Sussex Wit.  SO CUTE.  I got the impression that they were pretty excited just to be involved with this festival, they all seemed pretty humble, like they were lucky to be there.  This should have only encouraged me to speak up and say something myself (“I’m looking forward to this afternoon too!!!”) but it didn’t.
    During the mainstage show, I grabbed a spot on the ground inbetween some tarps.  A couple of older ladies on the tarp next to me were QUITE impressed with Mr. Flynn.  “So young!”  “What a hearthrob!” And my favorite, “He plays that guitar like a poet, not like a musician!”  How sweet.  After the show I just had to thank those tarp ladies for sharing their space with me and inform them that I had come all the way from Seattle just for this band.  They seemed fascinated by that.
    During the first little show Johnny explained that the bass player didn’t have his guitar because he was held up at customs and the guitar was nowhere to be found.  He said that as their bandmate was being interrogated,  they “didn’t know what to do, and he seemed to be enjoying it…so we just left him.”  Poor guy.

100_1211So that was my wonderful weekend.  When I got back into town I caught Bobby Long’s (another friend of Rob’s) show in Seattle.  It was a completely different experience, very mellow, very small venue, but I had a good time.  Bobby was also very charming (also ran his fingers through his hair a lot, do you think they all attended a class together on “how to impress the ladies by looking angsty” in grade school or something?) and funny and cute and talented.  He was taking requests and dedicating songs to various fans in the audience and was definitely making the crowd happy.  I was hoping for some freaker Twilight fans, decked out with their Edward Cullen totebags, but no such luck.  But a good night had by all for sure.  Curiously, he reported on his myspace page a few days later that he had to cancel his Vancouver show because of problems getting into Canada.  Which begs the question, what does Canada have against young, male,  British musicians??  Why won’t they let any of them into their country?  Hey!  America Jr!  WTF???  Trust me, these boys are not going to cause as much havoc as Rob does!  I know he’s turned your great city of Vancouver into a sespool of crazed, over-caffeinated, teenage girls, (not to mention all the paparazzi a-holes) but I don’t think these boys will be as much trouble.  Let them in!!

Thanks for taking the time to read my crazy ramblings about my most favorite band ever.  I hope that you all check out Johnny Flynn (if you haven’t already) because he really is amazing.  There has been mentioned of a new album coming up within the next six months, so let’s hope for another US tour!

PS  My hotel in Edmonton was located on Jasper Avenue.  Awesome.100_1270

PPS…Truth: Part of the reason why it took me so long to post anything new since JF is that I’ve been holed up in my house watching the first season of True Blood.  Did you notice that I wrote “y’all” earlier?  That’s the True Blood talking.  I’m starting to think in a Louisiana accent.  I’ll be giving you an in-depth look at True Blood and how it compares to Twilight very soon, so don’t touch that dial!

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Twilight in the Workplace June 24, 2009

Hello again!  Sorry for the long time between posts, it’s been an unusually rough week at work.  Amidst all the hustle and bustle though, Twilight still crept its way into the workplace over and over.  On my drive home today I was struck with the realization of how often Twilight and Twilight-related subjects are discussed, even in a busy doctor’s office. 

 

A good friend came to stay at my house for a night this weekend.  Within the first five minutes of her arrival, I confessed to her that I had started a Twilight blog.  She still wanted to be my friend, so we went out to dinner.  While we were waiting to be called to our table, we went to the bookstore next door.  We laughed at the amusing Twilight merchandise.  We spent the majority of dinner discussing Twilight (very philosophical stuff, I assure you.)  After coming home for the night, we then watched some of the extras on the Twilight DVD.  I actually made my mom drive over to give me back my copy so we could watch it.  My point is, all of this seems perfectly normal to me.  This is where I expect Twilight to show up in my life.  But at work?  Really?  Let me explain what I’m talking about…

 

-3 different people rushed into my office this week on seperate occasions to ask me about the Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart rumors.  “But I saw the cover of OK! magazine!  They said it’s official!!”  “Don’t believe any of that.   There have been no official announcements.  I will announce to you if they actually announce anything, I promise.”  (For some reason these magazines have not looked up the definition of official.  I think they’re confused about what exactly it means.) 

 

-My boss needed to borrow Eclipse because she’s reading the series again.  That led to a discussion of which books were our favorites, which led to her explaining she liked the ones that have more Quileute interactions, which led to me glaring at her saying, “Oh yeah, I forgot.  You’re Team Jacob.”  (She’s dead to me now.)

 

-The clinice nurse needed to borrow my copy of New Moon because her mom is almost finished with Twilight.  Let me point out that her mother is an elderly Armenian woman.   I think that’s funny. 

 

-One of our doctors told me that she was watching “one of those entertainment news shows” and they had a feature discussing how Twilight has influenced fashion.  She saw the styles and immediately thought they all looked like me!  (I took it as a compliment, but I’m not sure if she meant it to be one.)

 

-A different doctor recently went on vacation and brought back a box of those Sweethearts with the Twilight sayings on them for me.  She’s never read Twilight, but she saw the picture of Edward on the box and “just had to get them for me.”  Which was so sweet of her, because I would never, EVER walk up to a counter with a box of Twilight Sweethearts.  That’s just too embarrassing for words.  I can’t imagine the look she must of gotten from the cashier; a successful, intelligent,  middle-aged woman buying candy with a picture of a sexy vampire on the box.  Ha!

 

-Every once in awhile we’ll get a patient who walks through our doors with one of the books (or a Forks shirt) and I just about go crazy.  Somehow I manage NOT to jump over the counter and squeal at them like a little girl, but the temptation is definitely there.  Instead I run through the halls, squealing to anyone that will listen, “Guys!  Guys!  Did you see!?!?!  Did you see that girl who had an Edward Cullen totebag?!?!  Did anyone ask her which book is her favorite??”

 

-The Monday after the MTV Movie Awards aired the New Moon trailer, there were quite a few people who either didn’t realize a trailer was going to be shown or had forgotten.  Either way, they hadn’t seen it yet and I ended up reenacting the trailer for them in the break room quite a few times throughout the week.  I don’t want to brag, but I must say I got pretty good at it.

 

-It is understood throughout the clinic that when “my boyfriend” is discussed, we’re talking about Rob.  Even the losers who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon (yet) know.  They’ve been thoroughly educated on this matter.  “Oh, I saw your boyfriend on TV last night…”  I love it.

 

In all seriousness, I think Twilight has actually helped us to become a closer group of coworkers, and I’m forever grateful to Stephenie Meyer for that.  There are people at work that I didn’t think I really had anything in common with, but now I can gush over Edward or discuss imprinting with them.  I’m so happy that I don’t have to leave my obsession at home when I come to work every day!  

 

Speaking of work, it’s going to be another hectic day tomorrow, full of Robsten debates and New Moon countdowns (oh, and helping patients I suppose) so I must head for bed now.  Thanks for visiting!!