Monday, December 29, 2008

Under Pressure: What the Hell to Do on New Year's Eve

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 11:38 AM

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New Year's Eve: For boozehounds and girls with sparkly dresses, there's no better night for arbitrarily taking a long hard look at your facsimile of a life and acting like you're actually going to make an effort to improve it. So think fast, Nashville! You've only got two days to figure out where and how you're gonna ring in the New Year. How to spend it is always a tough call to make, or maybe it's an identity question. While it's worth curating an evening worth remembering, try to remove all that Valentine's Day-like pressure from the occasion. Any time I've gone out trying to have a good time I've always ended up puking or crying, usually both. Also, I've spent so many NYEs watching local rock shows it's like I wouldn't even know what to do with myself if suddenly I were presented with say, dinner, or dancing or some other approximation of what sophisticated people do. I imagine the year I finally decide I can't watch another rock show on New Year's will be the year I slip on my relaxed fit jeans and put on some Norah Jones. So this year, it's rock show city once again. Only this time Nashville is all up on my tip with confusing choices. It's the first year I've had to answer the question: Will I spend New Year's at a bar I hate to see a band I like? Seriously. Someone answer this question for me. Oh, yeah, hey rock bands: Don't play right through midnight. I know it might seem punk rock or anti-establishment or whatever. But no song of yours is good enough to warrant this abuse, unless it's a song that goes "10, 9, 8, 7, 6..." So what's everybody doing?

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