|muse music in provo=totally rad & what we used to call punk back in the day for it's minimalist bare bones vibe|
while i do think we need to make the effort get out and about to the bigger cities to guard against isolation and unexamined provincialism, i find living here to be akin to a lifetime artist retreat because of the amount of uninterrupted meditative space the open and relaxed and beautiful environment fosters.
tonight for instance, which is date night even for married couples here in utah valley, for mere pennies, c. and i went to yoga and ate hot dogs and chili cheese fries at tommy's burger. this bare-bones shack of a restaurant is a provo institution that's been around for decades. it's new york tiny inside and a one-dude operation (always the same dude). only about six people at a time can squeeze in to order at the counter, and all eating takes place in a big, empty parking lot full of chipped fire-engine red picnic tables. unless you want to eat standing up whilst reading today's usa today open under two banks of plexiglass on the wall of the building so you can move from left to right and read the entire paper while consuming a bacon burger or a chili dog, standing up, at a twelve-inch wide red counter. (also, in between the two banks of news papers is a wall-mounted paper towel dispenser like you'd find in a restroom instead of a napkin dispenser. so by the time the chili's dripping down your arm and you're almost to the sports section, you can grab a paper towel. how efficient! how industrial! love it!)
|notice the newspapers, changed daily, on the side of the building|
last night we played at muse music with lalage. muse is another example of the kind of unexploited resource a burgeoning (or even more established) artist might find in provo.
what i love about muse is this: total bare bones, totally cheap, and totally accessible. their menu of services includes a six dollar cover charge for four bands, a 25-dollar-an-hour recording studio (would anyone do anything in nyc for 25 bucks an hour, julie?), and 2 bucks for a cup of tea or hot chocolate.
so there it is.
two more reasons for people in a tight place, artists in a tight place, girls in a tight place, to dig downtown provo.
legwear: first half of the day=nightgown legs, second half=yoga pants
looking forward: to 80 degrees tomorrow/ spring cleaning and taking a bunch of stuff to DI
inspiration: cool parking lots
p.s.--GITP supports pete ashdown!