If I recall correctly, back in 2000 (or early 2001) Spoon’s “Lines in the Suit” was featured on Napster as a “Download of the Day” and I jumped on it. This was back when online file sharing was completely out of control–and I loved it. Napster, Limewire, and other file sharing networks provided a space where my musical horizons could be expanded. During my college years I was consumed with the “Texas Music” boom, tracking Pat Green as he rose to prominence while encountering numerous other artists who were producing some excellent stuff. My friends David and Colin supplemented my love for Texas music by pointing me toward some of the best alternative music at the time. During this period I was also learning to play a few chords on the guitar. The little that I have learned has helped me to listen more closely to music–I understand rhythm a bit better (though I don’t have much), I can pick up chord progressions, and I can hear the way different instruments work together to produce sound.
Like I said, Spoon was one of the gems I stumbled upon during the Napster era. At the time I only found one of their other songs on that network, “The Fitted Shirt.” Both songs appeared on their 2001 release Girls Can Tell. Of course I didn’t buy the album, and around this time my Napster use came to a screeching halt. I also didn’t have a lot of disposable income, further limiting my music purchases. At this point Spoon became a pleasant memory. I knew two of their songs–and loved them–I just didn’t know if I would ever hear from them again.
When I moved to Kansas City my friend Mike Hibit hooked me up with some stuff to listen to–some sermons from John Piper, some Sufjan Stevens, and, funny enough, Spoon’s Girls Can Tell. That was in 2005–I had been on hiatus from Spoon for about 4 years, and here I was, reunited.
Coming up on April 2 Spoon will be visiting KC. I’m already equipped with tickets. Mike Hibit and I are planning on going to the concert. For any of my KC friends, if you would like to check out Spoon visit their website. Under the “Songs” tab they have a pretty good sampling of their music available. If you like what you hear grab some tickets, and I’ll see you at Uptown.