Do you ever get so full of joy that you’re pretty sure you are going to burst right out of your skin? It was every thing I could do last night to stay in my skin while sitting in my seat at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.
Last night was perfectly perfect. It’s not often that you get to combine your most beloved passions in a single event, but I am blessed enough to have had it happen to me. Authors talking about books, great friends from all over the country visiting, the TTHM, and, of course, Paul Westerberg! And like an extra scoop of ice cream, the whole event was hosted by my all-time favorite DJ, Mary Lucia.
Darling ones, it was sheer bliss.
Like I said before Laurie Lindeen is damn charming, and she charmed the sold-out theater in her sequined evening gown and cowboy boots. She was fidgeting and uncomfortable in the glare of the spotlight, which just added to her charm. She seemed a little cowed by the turnout and the way her friends and family had come to put on this show with her in honor of her book Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Fairy Tale. It sounds corny, but it was so heart-warming.
Lindeen talked about leaving Madison on a Greyhound bus bound for Minneapolis to become a rock and roll star. She laughed at her naivety. She told us how she got the band together and she talked how how tough being on the road was.
I really liked when she and Mary discussed how tough it was to write the memoir, how she tried to balance the truth as she experienced it with the feelings of the people in her book. At one point she asked everyone who was in the audience who was also in the book to stand up, as the audience filled with people on their feet I got goosebumps. Clearly she managed that tough line between revelation and privacy quite well if so many of the ‘characters’ were in attendance.
And, just like in the book, my favorite part was when she talked about her relationship with Paul Westerberg, and how their first date was at Chi-Chi’s.
“Of course,” Lucia said. “You had to drive because he doesn’t have a driver’s license.” This got a hearty laugh from the crowd.
Lindeen talked about how weird it was for people to ask her what it was like dating ‘God.’ “Yeah,” she said. “I am seeing our Lord.” She also said she experiences him in a completely different way than those people who only experience him through him music.