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Monday, May 07, 2007

bright eyes : walt disney concert hall, may 6, 2007

it's after 1am and for the past how many weeks i have been so busy that i haven't had time to fully sleep much less post much of anything on here. i'm not going to get much sleep tonight, but i just got back from what really might have been the greatest show i have ever seen and there's really no way that i can go to bed without saying something about it. first of all, walt disney concert hall is stunning, save for the odd choice of seat fabric. much like seeing foo fighters last year at pantages, seeing a band in a venue like this makes the evening special in and of itself. throw in the fact that the venue was built for acoustics and everyone sounded great and it would have been hard for anyone to disappoint. but, conor oberst being conor oberst, this performance was far more than simply not disappointing. it was amazing.

the only previous time that i'd seen bright eyes was in 2005, in support of i'm wide awake it's morning, and i remember coming away from that night uninspired and a little let down. i wasn't even sure what it was about that night that disappointed, but i guessed that something was just missing. and now i think i know what it is. i'm wide awake... was my favorite album of 2005, and as good as conor oberst is at the acoustic thing, the increased contributions of players and friends like nate walcott, providing orchestral arrangements; jason boesel on drums; and female harmonists like maria taylor, z berg, and rachel yamagata, make cassadaga a wholly different album. it belies a confidence and sophistication that maybe have been hinted at but not fully realized until now. and it makes for a spectacular show. joining conor, mike mogis, and nate walcott on stage tonight was a small string section, a flutist, and two of the most ass-kicking drummers i think you'll ever see--rachel blumberg and janet weiss. holy mother. altogether, the band played the new songs with an emotion and feeling that goes way beyond the quivering of conor's voice that, while effective on the quiet acoustic tracks of i'm wide awake..., could not possibly convey the depth of substance that marks the material. there is confidence and swagger, vulnerability and pain, euphoria and delight, all of which add up to one hell of a show.

in my evening-long bewilderment, one song hit me personally harder than the rest:

bright eyes : "lime tree" mp3
from the lp cassadaga (saddle creek, 2007)
i keep floating down the river but the ocean never comes
since the operation i heard you're breathing just for one
now everything's imaginary, especially what you love
you left another message, said it's done
it's done

when i hear beautiful music it's always from another time
old friends i never visit, i remember what they're like
standing on a doorstep full of nervous butterflies
waiting to be asked to come inside
just come inside

but i keep going out
i can't sleep next to a stranger when i'm coming down
it's 8 a.m., my heart is beating too loud
too loud
don't be so amazing or i'll miss you too much
i felt something that i had never touched
everything gets smaller now the further that i go
towards the mouth and the reunion of the known and the unknown
consider yourself lucky if you think of it as home
you can move mountains with your misery if you don't
if you don't

it comes to me in fragments, even those still split in two
under the leaves of that old lime tree i stood examining the fruit
some were ripe and some were rotten, i felt naseous with the truth
there will never be a time more opportune

so i just won't be late
the window closes, shocks roll over in a tidal wave
and all the color drains out of the frame
so pleased with a daydream that now living is no good
i took off my shoes and walked into the woods
i felt lost and found with every step i took

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Nich said...

Thanks heaps for this.

May 9, 2007 at 12:21 AM  
Anonymous gatey (can't remember his login info) said...

Hi,

I don't remember exactly how...but I stumbled across your blog a few months ago and have been enjoying it ever since. We have very similar tastes in music, and i too am going to catch Bright Eyes on this tour. I'm actually typing in my Bright Eyes t-shirt all excited about next Saturday's show in Nashville.

The only problem is that I bought tickets through the presale and have yet to receive them (although Ravenhouse...his management) swears that I will get them and that they are great seats. But I digress... (actually, just out of curiosity, did you get yours this way?)

Anyway, keep up to good work and know that there are strangers out there like me that you impact with your blogs!

May 12, 2007 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger tad said...

hi gatey,
hope you remembered your login info. thanks for writing, and no i got my tickets through good ol ticketmaster. hopefully you get yours, and probably still a good idea considering how outrageous ticketmaster fees are these days. enjoy the show!

May 14, 2007 at 9:38 AM  

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