Dancing in the Dark

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Dancing in the Dark

I should be watching Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park tonight.

As I may have mentioned previously, I tried to buy a pair of tickets on the morning they went on sale but – quelle sur-bloody-prise –  it was too late.  It had sold out within a fraction of a picosecond.  Since then, an inordinate amount of time has been spent entering every damn chance-in-a-million competition for Springsteen tickets I could find, but to no avail.  I even thought of buying tickets from an online tout but – after seeing the hideously inflated prices on offer – that option was swiftly ruled out.  Possibly within a fraction of a picosecond, too.

Clare couldn’t go on account of our 9 week-old baby Edie, so the plan was for me to take my 5 year-old stepdaughter, Lily, who’d never been to a concert before.  Lily is a fan of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, High School Musical and The Sound of Music.  I’m probably responsible for 50% of her favourite artists, but I’ll let you guess as to which ones they are.

In any case, Lily and I were understandably grumpy today.  To make matters worse, my little brother Rob went to Glastonbury this weekend so he saw Bruce and the E-Street Band perform a storming set at the Pyramid Stage last night.  He phoned me this morning.  He wasn’t intentionally gloating; it just felt that way.

“I’m jealous of Rob,” said Lily.

I winced.  Jealousy is a negative emotion I’d never heard Lily express before.  I wanted to be  responsible adult and encourage Lily to redirect this negativity in a more positive and constructive way.  Then again, she was talking about a Bruce Springsteen concert.

“Me too,”  I said.

2014-07-01T21:48:11+00:00

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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.

4 Comments

  1. Rol June 29, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Watching the Glastonbury coverage, I was filled with pangs of jealousy too… until I heard Radcliffe saying how it was the biggest crowd he’d ever seen before the main stage, and then I thought – nah, I’m better off watching it at home.

    Besides, I saw him last summer. Though that’s not to say I wouldn’t have gone again this year, had he played somewhere convenient.

  2. lily June 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelo tooooooooooooooooooooooooom
    goooooooooooooooooooooooood morrrrrrrrrrrrrrrning tommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm helooooooooooooooo

  3. Tom Lennon June 29, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Rol: I know what you mean. I’ve only been to Glastonbury once, and I’m not sure I could still hack it. We’re going to Latitude next month, which is a somewhat more relaxed affair. They have a Radio 4 tent, fer Chrissakes…

  4. Tom Lennon June 29, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Lily: what are you doing posting comments on my blog?!? 🙂

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