You know I love what I do, but it's official, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton have the best jobs in the history of employment. Well, I guess I would rather be self-employed or a wildly talented musician/poet who has the ability to change people's lives with a single stroke of the guitar or an introspective lyrical phrase, but for someone who works for a particular organization, these guys have got it made.
Case and point (and this is something I didn't even know existed until this morning which I feel a little ridiculous about since it has been underway since April) Robin had Dr. Dog, which incidentally happens to be one of my favorite bands right now, perform as part of All Songs Considered's "Tiny Desk Concert" series. This concert series features a band performing a stripped down set of 3-4 tunes totaling about 15 minutes of preview content, and it all takes place behind Bob Boilen's desk. Yeah, seriously, behind his desk. The on-stage set is a large bookcase featuring the Levon Helm Band boxset behind Toby Leaman's head. Watch out world, this has now inspired me to host Wolf Trap artists as performers behind my desk for summer 2009! Nope, scratch that, I share summer office space with my intern. Ah well, for now I'll just have to be entertained by Hilton and Boilen's endeavors and job functions, which pretty much allows them free reign to do whatever, and bring in whoever they darn well please. Check out the performance below. The guys naturally blend with the casual atmosphere, emphasized by their characteristic fedoras, white t-shirts, and wide-rim sunglasses.