Very rarely do I ever call Henry when I’m at work. Text him? Yes, constantly. So any time I do call him, he’s usually pretty leery. This is how our phone conversation went Thursday afternoon:
Me, in a hushed, urgent whisper: “Henry.”
Henry, sounding braced for emergency: “What.”
Me: “What are you doing March 21st?”
Henry: “I think I have a date with my other girlfriend, why?”
Me: “BECAUSE THE SOUND OF ANIMALS FIGHTING ARE PLAYING IN PHILLY OMFG WE HAVE TO GOOOOOOOOOO!”
Henry, sighing: “Oh, Jesus Christ.”
What you need to know is that I was OBSESSED with this band from like 2005-2008. But the band is comprised of members from various bands (my favorite being ANTHONY GREEN), so touring was logistically impossible. I think they only ever did 4 live shows all in one fell swoop and they all would have required boarding a plane. I mean, maybe in my other child-free, American Express card-holding lifetime, that wouldn’t have been a hurdle at all! So when I saw that they have decided to reband long enough to finally perform some songs from their last album released in 2008, and that two of those dates are in PHILLY, I knew I was going to have to start working on Henry. This was, of course, after I was moved to TEARS at my desk. I didn’t think I would get any closer to seeing them live than the DVD I have.
By the end of our phone conversation, I had whittled him down to a non-committal “we’ll see” but I have ways of turning those into “Whatever”s and “Do what you want”s. AND THAT IS WHAT I DID! By Saturday, he was totally tired of hearing about it, and after I swore that he won’t have to buy me anything for Christmas (yeah right), he completely threw his hands up in the air and now I have two tickets to see The Sound of Animals Fighting at the Trocadero in Philly and I CAN’T FUCKING BELIEVE IT. If you give even a shit and a half about music in general, then you understand.
I feel very fortunate right now. <3
Me: “Do you think you’ll ever like Anthony Green?”
Henry, with no hesitation: “Uh-uh.”