Dear Karin & Linford,
I wanted to thank you for doing another West Coast tour this year. I miss the days when I lived in Ohio and was able to catch five shows in one year! I only discovered the band in 2000, with the rerelease of GDBD. I was killing time between class at Kent State, exploring the new listening stations at the book store. I heard the first ten bars of Latter Days, and had the clearest thought: "I have discovered my favorite band. This will be my favorite band for the rest of my life." Seven shows, every album, a goofy picture of me with Linford after the San Diego show last year, and an Orchard membership later, that love-at-first-listen is truer than ever. Your music carried me through courtship with my husband, three years of seminary, and my first months as a solo pastor of a little church in Redondo Beach. The Knitting Factory show will actually be the one-year anniverary of my ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). I can't think of a better way to celebrate than in the presence of the music that consistently breaks me open to the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Traveling Mercies and Deep Peace,
Of course I got a response. A really kind one. Four minutes later. I love this band. But you already knew that.
p.s. There are eight OtR allusions in this poster. I didn't pick up on too many, but definitely the bottle labeled "Sure Defeat."