Sunday, September 17, 2017

[D.C. Untied] Thoughts on Audi Field and the end of the 2017 season

When I think back on the last few games, the strongest memory I have is from the eighth minute of stoppage time of a game that would not end, just leaning over as far as I could on the concrete wall separating section 128 from the field and shouting at Kofi Opare as he started to scuffle with Orlando defender Danny Toia. “It’s not worth it, Kofi! It’s not worth it!”

Minutes earlier Kofi had scored D.C.’s only goal of the game, his second of the season. Kofi didn’t even pausing to celebrate. He just hustled back as fast as he could go, the one man in all of RFK keeping hope alive that maybe there would be a come-from-behind last second equalizer like there had been at the Red Bulls game last fall. Two goals in 6 minutes. We’d done it before.

Spoiler alert: we wouldn’t be doing it that night.

Friday, September 8, 2017

5 Years 5 Stars A.B.C-Z 五周年おめでとう!!! [Part 3 of 4]

(SLT tour 2016, repping Hashimoto)

Following the MC in the arena shows was the Junior group performance, giving A.B.C-Z a chance to rest and change costumes. In the hall shows, the change in turns during the MC. And then it’s into the leisurely rap-ballad “Glory Days.” In all the years I’ve been listening to and obsessing over pop music (from my earliest memories, basically) I’ve never been much of a lyrics person or a ballad person so stand-and-sing songs like “Glory Days” tend to leave little impression on me. It’s a pleasant song, though, with some nice harmonies and register switches to falsetto and back from Hashimoto.

Friday, September 1, 2017

5 Years 5 Stars A.B.C-Z 五周年おめでとう!!! [Part 2 of 4]

(Packing up my uchiwa collection, 2017)

“5 Stars 5 Years” begins with a short video introducing A.B.C-Z. Each member wears a costume representing a different era of their career: the plastic space suits of “Space Traveler,” the garish plaids of “Never my Love,” the floral coats from “花言葉”... And then the stage lights go up and bang! IT’S A.B.C-Z!!!!!

Hashimoto: さぁ Fantastic!!
Totsuka: もっと Exciting!!
Kawai: グッと Flying!!
All together: 始める そう Reboot!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

5 Years 5 Stars A.B.C-Z 五周年おめでとう!!! [Part 1 of 4]

A.B.C-Z are:

五関晃一 (Goseki Koichi)
塚田僚一 (Tsukada Ryoichi)
戸塚祥太 (Totsuka Shota)
河合郁人 (Kawai Fumito)
橋本良亮 (Hashimoto Ryousuke)

The theater was almost completely dark after we shut off our penlights. A.B.C-Z member Kawai Fumito, standing on a short riser in the center of the orchestra level seating, was visible for a half second longer before the spotlight was shut off. And then, in time with the music, Kawai gives the command, セーの! (Ready, go!) and Century Hall in Nagoya glows bright red. Again, セーの!and it’s blue. Yellow. Pink. Purple. White. And finally we all land on the penlight’s “random” function. Penlights flashing cacophonously, the stage lights come back up, and the concert continues. The performers, the stage crew, the audience, all in sync, all part an experience we’re creating together.

Standing in the crowd, in the dark, one fan among many, waiting for the cue to turn my light back on, I am perfectly happy in the moment. I am part of something much larger than myself, larger than any of us.

This is why I come to Japan every year.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

NOBUNAGA ( 信長 ) : The Will to Power, Moon Troupe, 2016

Ryu Masaki’s final production before stepping down as Top Star of Moon Troupe was Nobunaga: The Will to Power/Forever Love (using the usual Takarazuka format of first act drama, second act revue).  I was lucky enough to see two performances in Tokyo just about a year ago and it’s taken almost that full year to understand what the hell was happening on stage.

(Those completely unfamiliar with the Takarazuka theater troupe may also want to read my introduction piece written after I first saw Takarazuka in 2015.)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.14] D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo, July 22, 2017

Five minutes in and Houston wins a corner.

“This is going to be the first goal,” I said to my front row buddy. It’s been that kind of season.

And we then stood in the lightly spitting rain and watched Andrew Wenger head the ball past a stationary Travis Worra--who would end the night with a total of 11 goals allowed over 3 games--with the resignation that comes from knowing that we’ve already blown any hope of making the playoffs and it’s only July.

I took of my rain-spotted glasses and tucked them away in my purse as Paul banged the drum to get our attention.

“D.C. United!”

There was nothing I needed to see out on that field. 

But I kept singing.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

[D.C. Untied 2.13] D.C. United vs Atlanta United FC, June 21, 2017

“Winning feels good, huh? Don’t get used to it. Come on!”

With fifteen minutes to go against Atlanta United FC, Tim wasn’t going to let us get complacent.

D.C. United were up 2-1 but there was still time to blow it. D.C. had spent the past few months racking up defeat after defeat, hitting the crossbar, shooting past open goals, giving up soft goals on corner kicks, and basically playing like the only hardware worth gunning for is the ISC’s Wooden Spoon Trophy.

But on that Wednesday, for one night only, we were winning.

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