What’s Worth More Than a Gold Sequined Dress?
Last night on SNL, Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire wore the gold sequined dress by which I shall henceforth judge all other gold sequined dresses. It was one part Broadway, one part disco, one part hometown tap recital. Wearing a gold sequined dress of this caliber has now officially been added to my list of Things to Do in My Thirties. Oh, plus there were sequined glovelettes. But you know it’s never really the dress; it’s the way you wear it. My mom taught me that, and this performance confirms it.
Régina sang Sprawl II with her eyes closed and then ribbon danced with wild abandon. That’s right, she brought out actual ribbon rings and danced around the stage like a little kid dancing around her living room without a hint of embarrassment or apology. I’ve undertaken these moves myself with the key differentiators being I’m swooshing socks around in the saftey of my apartment while she’s swooshing ribbons around on live television. Such confidence! Obviously I’ve got to up my game, and when in need of a role model, I’ll watch this video.
“They heard me singing and they told me to stop. Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock.” I think not!
My favorite part is actually at the very end of the song, when the uber-talented Win Butler, who happens to be married to Régine, steps from the shadows and kisses her cheek before returning to his place behind the keyboards. Please find a partner like this: one who will back you up on vocals and kiss your cheek after you’ve danced with ribbons in your gold sequined dress, if not literally, at least figuratively. (I did.)