I was talking with Gilles on Saturday about what makes a superlative dining experience. It’s more than just the food. It’s the setting, the servers, the energy of the people eating there, even the kind of lighting.
Gilles put it more simply, “I like eating with people who are enjoying themselves.”
Going to two very different dance events reminded me of this.
On Saturday night I went to the final night of the “Elements” afro-house party at Bissap Baobab in Oakland. There was incredible DJed music pumping in an intimate cafe setting. The crowd was all smiles and good vibes. No shade was thrown in the cyphers, just hugs and high fives. A bittersweet send-off to a much loved dance venue.
On Sunday, I got to see my friends The Hot Baked Goods play live jazz at Amnesia in SF. I love live jazz in a slightly rundown bar with a happy and appreciative crowd of dancers and drinkers. It’s how jazz sounds best to me, not a concert hall.
As I was attempting to leave to go to another party, the band started their rendition of “Bie Mir Bist Du Shoen.”
“Dammit, I love this song! Quit playing songs I love!” I fake-complained to the band.
“Sorry! What songs don’t you like?” Andrew Hall the pianist teased.
“That’s the problem. I like all of your songs.”