The Truth About Love
2 weeks until this show.
*Picks jaw up*
Emeli Sande concert. Tomorrow. Necessary.
Less than a month until the Born This Way Ball. Just realized that one.
HBO: Beyonce Documentary Special Tease
YouTube needs a repeat button.
The world has gone on far too long without new music from Lauryn Hill. Now on tour with Nas, she has been performing a new song/spoken word piece called “Black Rage.”
If anything, this has made it more necessary for her to come back to music and release new material. Hopefully this means we are on the way there.
This past weekend, P!nk, performed at the I Heart Radio Festival in Vegas, and she again proved that she is one of the most dynamic performers in music today. With live vocals that put almost everyone in pop music to shame, and one of the most amazing live shows, I am continually in awe of her.
Her new album, “The Truth About Love” just came out, and my first listen, I was disappointed. I couldn’t pin point why, but I just wasn’t feeling any of the songs. And after that, I was disappointed, because I didn’t love it, and I wanted to so bad. The next day, I watched her performance at the iTunes Festival in London, and completely did a 180. The live renditions of her new material, as well as a conversation with a friend who had recently interviewed P!nk, I wanted to give it another spin, and give myself that time to grow with the album. No joke - the second spin of the album and I was hooked. I don’t know what it was, if it was the mood I was in the first time, the environment, but whatever it was that didn’t click, definitely clicked the second time. After thinking about it this morning - it’s her live presence. In the most simple way of saying it, she is just so good live.
I saw her with Justin Timberlake back in 2007, and honestly, she was very, very close to upstaging him, and she was the opener. I can’t even describe her live presence, the best way is to show you (her I Heart Radio performance is above, and I encourage to you to watch all 25 minutes, but if you need the proof I’m talking about, see the last song, or her Grammy performance of “Glitter In The Air” from a couple years back.)
All in all, I haven’t stopped listening to her new album, and I’m glad my cloud of confusion cleared after the first time hearing it.
Tonight I was reminded why I got that tattoo, pictured above. I got this tattoo about 2+ years ago. This evening I worked the Brandi Carlile concert at the summer series I have worked the last 4 years. She was a show that I was looking forward to, and I made sure that I stayed and was able to watch most of her set.
Now I have worked a lot of shows over the years, and I cannot be more thankful to work in an industry that I love so passionately. Not everybody can say this, and I’m always aware of that. I have worked for a radio station, concert promoter, label, a record store, and now a venue. When I got this tattoo, I had less experience than I do now, and I remember being giddy at every show I had been to, and loved every single one of them. It seemed like the theme with me was after every concert, I’d say “That was the best show I’ve seen!” And it just kept going, show after show. As the years have gone on, and I’ve continually worked shows, I found myself losing that passion around music - I was desensitized. It started to…you know…feel like a job. I caught myself thinking about my work in a negative and tedious light. Just like every other job, I have to do things that are tedious, and as much as I might have thought a while ago, it’s not all glamourous and exciting.
Tonight though, it was one of those nights where I got my reality check/slap in the face. I was reminded why I’ve worked so hard to get into this industry and stay in it. I was reminded why I got my tattoo. Every so often, I’ll go to a concert and get that slap in the face, everyone from Brandi Carlile this evening, Gaga, Beyonce, Sade, Sara Bareilles, Adele, and others have given me that. There is something that happens when I hear or see music that really cuts into my soul, and I get that reminder.
Something happened tonight where I was standing side stage, and it was in the middle of Brandi Carlile’s song, “Turpentine.” She had a 3 part harmony going with over 1,000 people and I felt chills go all the way up my spine, and I noticed tears streaming down my face. The soul, power and rawness of her music, and this show was my reminder as of late. Tonight helped me stop thinking about the industry I work in as a job, and it emotionally connected me again, got me in sync. I was so overwhelmed with love and emotion as she continued the rest of her set, and so inspired. It was like I was hearing music again, I wasn’t hearing a job or a paycheck. I’ve noticed that the feeling I experienced tonight is in the similar vein as to when I’m really listening to music, putting a needle down on a record, or putting those headphones over my head - and not just utilizing it to browse the internet, or read a book. That is something I never want to loose, and years down the line, when I’m hopefully still in this industry, I don’t ever want to be desensitized. I forever and always want to be that person who can be brought to tears with the sound of one cord, or note, or lyric.
One of my favorite singer/songwriters of recent rimes, Brandi Carlile, brought her new music to World Cafe on NPR. Her new album, “Bear Creek” is a thing of beauty. She released it last week, and it is my favorite set of hers so far. She created a raw album of honest, and soulful music.
Check out the link above for a live sample of the new stuff.
In what looks like a milestone show for Beyonce - she brought her first show in months to Revel in Atlantic City, NJ. The videos I’ve seen give the impression that this is her best concert series to date. Check out the video above for a sample.
I can only hope that this gets the DVD treatment that most of her shows get.