The National At White River State Park

Seeing The National At White River State Park

My wife and I have seen the National in many places. The crazy thing is that we had never seen them play in Indiana until Wednesday night. We had tickets for a show early in our relationship for Indy, but things didn’t work out to get there. We have travelled all around to see them though, and it is always worth it. The National is a band that I really didn’t know before I met my wife. She introduced me to them, and early on the music seemed to be the soundtrack to our relationship. They seemed to put a new album out at key times for us. It is always great to see one of their shows with her.

Musicians First

The best thing about The National is the fact that they are musicians. Sometimes I get mad at bands because they just seem to be imitating the current sound. The National is a band that makes their own sound. The songs have a purpose and they make sense to me. It is always fun to see how they play around with their instruments live.

The Light Show

One thing that drives me crazy about being at The National show though is the light show. It really is beautiful, and the photographer in me cannot turn off that need to capture the beautiful light. Of course I am far away with a point and shoot camera so I try and suppress the urge most of the time. I am not going to make the great photo from back there. Maybe one shot during a show of an overall view, but nothing dynamic of any of the stage light. I don’t think that being a concert photographer is something that I would ever shoot for. I don’t have the time to put into it right now. It would be cool just to be near the stage with a good camera a couple of times though.

The National At White River State Park Setlist

  • You Had Your Soul With You
  • Quiet Light
  • The Pull Of You
  • Hey Rosey
  • Don’t Swallow The Cap
  • Guilty Party
  • Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • Oblivions
  • So Far, So Fast
  • Where Is Her Head
  • Wasp Nest
  • All The Wine
  • Guest Room
  • Day I Die
  • Pink Rabbits
  • The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
  • I Am Easy To Find
  • Graceless
  • Fake Empire
  • Rylan
  • Light Years
  • Not In Kansas
  • I Need My Girl
  • Mr. November
  • Terrible Love
  • American Mary

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