i first heard rebirth brass band in college. it was at my very first college party. with a keg. it was september but still hot in ohio and the party was in the courtyard of my dorm. i remember searching the crowd frantically for someone else who looked like a first year, obvious because they were searching the crowd frantically for other first years. the older students just seemed so much cooler than we did. they were friendly but so intimidating. i talked with some girls i'd met and one of them said hi to a boy named j. j was standing in front of the stereo someone had dragged out to the couryard staring at a stack of cds in his hand. someone had told him to go get more music so he did but he was having trouble choosing one from the pile. a girl whose name i would never learn grabbed the pile, picked one from the middle and put it in the cd player. j looked like he was going to vomit. what came out of those speakers was magic.
j looked so relieved when people started dancing. he set down the rest of the cds and we all danced. it was our first college party, at the end of our first week away from home. do whatcha wanna indeed.
last night, lovebomb gogo opened for rebirth again. its hotter than hell here in portland. so hot that after the show the lead trumpet player told us that it was one of the hottest shows they'd ever done. the man's from new orleans, y'all. he knows from hot. it felt like that night in yellow springs, and so many nights i've had in new orleans, dancing my ass off to this song.