Thinking of Albany

Usually around this time of year, I’m getting set to go to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Basketball Championships. The MAAC Tournament typically alternates each year between the two New York cities of Albany and Buffalo each year. This year, it’s back in Albany, which I like because it’s only about 3 1/2 hours away and it does a nice job of hosting the event.

Another cool thing about Albany is The Egg, the performance arts venue shown in the accompanying picture. It’s a fascinating building that seems ridiculously out of place.

Unfortunately, I won’t be going to Albany this year because the Rider men’s basketball team–the very reason I go to the MAAC Tournament each year–is, to put it bluntly, not very good this year. It would just be a waste of time and money.

But I’m still thinking of Albany…and it just so happened that I came across the following video from They Might Be Giants. It is from a CD/DVD project called “Venue Songs,” for which they wrote a song about the city or venue they were in each day during a recent tour. Here is their musical tribute to Albany’s famous Egg:

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