Collective Soul: So Much Better the Second Time

September 30, 2010

I saw Collective Soul in Idaho a little more than a year ago. It was a good show, but I was fighting my first bout of vertigo and probably shouldn’t have made the six-hour round trip to see them. I couldn’t make it through the whole show; wasn’t feeling well and got a little dizzy.

Round two with Collective Soul happened tonight, much closer to home. They played at the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima — a little more than an hour away. And my vertigo hasn’t been bothering me lately. Sean and I went and it was a blast! They played just about every song I could’ve hoped for (aside from a few more obscure tracks that I love) and, even though the show only ran about 90 minutes, it was pretty much perfect.

Aside from that stuff, I also used the show to test my iPhone 4 and how well it handles live audio, video, etc. The main thing to use my Ustream account for the first time — to see how it looks and sounds, how it connects with Twitter, etc. Here’s an awesome live version of “December,” which — despite my dancing with the camera in my hand — came out really well.

There are a couple other videos on my Ustream channel if you’re interested.

All in all, the live audio/video stuff was pretty easy. Which is good, since I’m hoping to do more next year when U2 comes to the U.S.

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