You know those extraordinary moments in life that you experience? The ones that fly by and you can’t even believe you experienced them…
Well, I had one of those last night.
I went with a small group of friends to see The Swell Season last night.
If you’re behind the times, have poor taste in music, or live under a rock, and you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, you can listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RCUJav54NU
They are freaking incredible. I was in awe all night.
The opening act (Justin Townes Earle) was completely different from what I was expecting, and after the first song I was a little mesmerized. He fit the “Old Nashville” type to a T. Seriously talented.
The Swell Season sang all of my favorites (I say all because there is no way to have just one favorite..) And they had such a great stage presence.
The best part of the show was the encore. Glen (we’re on a first name basis) came out and sang Say it to me Now with no microphone and just his guitar, and after a few minutes the rest of the band came back out and they played for another 45 minutes. As a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, they sang Drive All Night, and I’m pretty sure that every girl in that performing arts center fell in love with Glen Hansard.
After the show, we went out back to wait by the bus, (yes, we’re aware that to some of you, that seems pathetic. But can you say that you’ve met them? Didn’t think so..) Anyway, after about an hour of listening to a crazy 53 year old lady talk to Wendy (hilarious), the band came out.
We were completely blown away. Glen Hansard is the nicest man on the planet. period.
He was so wonderful. He took pictures will all six of us, and then talked to us for a good 10 minutes. He was in no rush, and was unbelievably humble. We were all raving about the show and about how wonderful they are, and he was genuinely thankful and was quite impressed that we drove so far to see them. He also invited me to join the tour, but with CMB coming home soon, I had to gracefully decline. 😉 It was such a great ending to an absolutely phenomenal show.
On the way home, I was trying to think of just a few words that could sum up the feeling of the night. But, I can’t. It was just too good.
There is just such a difference in going to a show and seeing people ooze with passion and talent and genuine love for the stuff they create, as opposed to people like John Mayer who no doubt have crazy talent and catchy songs, but totally take for granted the life that they live.
The whole night was just amazing.
CMB, I’m sad that you didn’t get to experience it with us. But, Glen said you’re welcome to come around anytime 😉
And Wendy-Darling, I thoroughly enjoyed singing Queen songs with you in the car. It’s nice to know there’s a fellow fan in the group! 🙂
Go see a good show, blogfriends.