At the last Birds & Beer gathering I had mentioned to the other Sharon that I was going to the Jonathan Coulton concert, and that I would be working his merchandise table for him. She immediately asked if he needed any more volunteers and I said I'd check. Well, he did recommend that I bring someone else to help out, so I informed him that he would be getting the dangerous combination of TWO Sharons!
Then, last Tuesday, in his blog entry Neil Gaiman said, "...the dog romps and vanishes and reappears and romps again (being the same colour as the snow he vanishes easily) and you simply tromp after him, or ahead of him, or at least somewhere on the same continent as him, singing Jonathan Coulton's "Skullcrusher Mountain" to yourself while the snow settles on your hair and your face..."
After seeing that I dropped Neil a line through the questions page of his blog telling him that Jonathan was going to be in Mpls in two days and that the other Sharon was going to be at the concert.
Then on Wednesday Coulton's blog post had this in it: "Wil Wheaton drops a “Brains” reference in his review of Datalore, an old TNG episode.
Not to be outdone, Neil Gaiman claims to actually SING “Skullcrusher Mountain” while walking through the snow."
It was about that time that I got an email reply from Neil saying that weather permitting, he'd be there.
Thursday came, I got to the theater to set stuff up. While i was putting it out the other Sharon showed up. She confirmed that Neil was indeed coming to the show. Jonathan showed us the merchandise basics, and then ran off to the back stage to get ready.
The doors opened at 7:00 and people started filtering in. At about this time the other Sharon told me that Mr. Neil had arrived and needed to get tickets. I did have one unused ticket that I hadn't needed to get in so she ran that out to him. I got to meet in person for the first time johnboze & his wife madhatter, wickedgroovy who was in attendance with her brothers, and LJ-less Karin who is a friend of genevra. There wasn't really a lot of time to talk to any of them though because I had to keep selling people stuff!
Sales slowed down when the opening act, Paul and Storm, went on so I was able to relax and watch them. They do a lot of funny music. Things like Randy Newman's "Theme from The Passion of the Christ" and My Fantastic Plastic Girl.
There was another rush in sales after their set ended, and then Jonathan Coulton took the stage.
I found a spot to sit up near the stage so that I could take pictures during Jonathan's set. I also had my new point & shoot digital so that I could shoot video. There was one song that JoCo had never sung live, but he knew that since he was coming to Minnesota he was going to have to. It was the song Curl which contains the lines:
He wakes before the sun comes
Even though he’d rather stay in bed
He curses the cold in Minnesota
Why’s it always so damn cold
I shot video of this song and put it on YouTube:
That's it for this post, but I've got one full of photos from the show to post coming right up.