This weekend flew by in a blur. I played with a camera on the train tracks and then went out to dinner with the manfriend on Friday night and spent Saturday running errands and preparing for a road trip. We took to 65 South around 3:30 p.m., and headed to Birmingham for burgers and Fun’s show at WorkPlay Theater. The peanut butter Cap’n Crunch milkshake at Flip burger would have been worth the drive (at least Courtney and I thought so), but Fun put on an awesome set for a sold out crowd to make us feel like the 6-hour round-trip was the right thing to do.
I’ve taken a lot of flak for listening to a pop band that attracts a young crowd, but I’m a sucker for grandiose melodies. When I started listening to Fun a few years ago, “Be Calm,” the opening track from their Aim and Ignite album drew me in immediately. Like everyone else, I started comparing them to my generation’s Queen and ELO. And when their second album hit a few weeks ago, lead singer Nate Reuss proved all of us right. I’ve never heard a voice like that, and I might not again for a long while. Give the kids their Fun. Give them their version of Queen. Just let me come along for the ride.