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“A Day in the Life”

Posted by teibs On May - 7 - 2009

daylife@ZackTeibloom In the last few months, I’ve been getting a lot of “You know how lucky you are, right?” from people jealous of the Festival Crashing life I’ve made for myself. Well, here’s your chance to live vicariously. “A Day in the Life”

11:30 a.m. “Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head.”

“Teibs, wake up, it’s time to get ready for the festival,” says a girl in a nightie. It’s Sami’s friend, Jessica, who I promised I’d help crash the festival that day. I’m where I always want to be: waking up on a couch after a full day of shows. 

12:15 p.m. “Found my way downstairs and had a cup.”

Jessica insisted on taking me to get the best iced coffee in town to fuel us for the last day of the fest. We chugged it down and found a perfect free parking spot two blocks from the festival.

12:45 p.m. “A crowd of people turned away, but i just had to…”

I got caught crashing by five security guards, but didn’t quit until I made it in successfully, waiting for security to turn away.

1:00 p.m. “They’d seen his face before”

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of fame member Allan Toussaint played a brilliant set as I ate the lunch of a lifetime: crawfish enchiladas and strawberry lemonade.

2:30 p.m. “Found my way upstairs and had a…”

Moved from my comfortable spot at Toussaint to the packed crowd waiting for Neil and had a sandwich with some new friends.

2:40 p.m. “Somebody spoke and…”

“I want to crowd-surf,” a mysterious girl with fierce green eyes behind me said to her friend. If you know me at all, you know that got my attention. “I can’t believe we’re about to se NEIL YOUNG!,” she yelled, continuing, “My list of bands I need to see is: 1. Paul McCartney, 2. Neil Young, 3. The Stones and 4. Bob Dylan.” Not only is that my go-to conversation starter, it’s pretty much my exact list, in order, but replace Dylan with Led Zeppelin.

2:55-4:55 p.m. “I went into a dream”

Neil Young put on the concert of a lifetime, concluding with none other than The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”

5:00 p.m-7 p.m. “Looking up, i noticed i was late”

The wind picked up and the clouds looked ominous. It just began to rain as my new friends and I booked it for the blues tent for Buddy Guy, the third hall of fame member of the day. He closed the festival with a vicious “Sunshine of Your Love” played with his teeth.

7:30-9:00 p.m. “I saw the photograph”

After-party at the gorgeous house of the Jazz Fest historians, laying on a hammock with my cousin, sipping on beers, going over the Neil show.

11:00 p.m. “I’d love to turn you on…”

Dancing cheek-to-cheek in a club by the French Quarter with the girl with the fierce green eyes. I didn’t end up driving back to Austin the next day like I planned. That’s all I have to say. About that.

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    […] I could ride it out all summer. After I experienced the perfect day I wrote about in “A Day in the Life” at Jazzfest, I figured it was all worth it even though my money was running out faster than […]

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