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The Swell Season

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 8:19 pm

For those of you who have read my other blog posts, you’ll know that I fell in love with a movie called Once. I could go on and on about the film again, but I’ll spare you (however, if you’re interested, you can find it in the archives. Or follow the link on “Once”). The film’s soundtrack was utterly amazing. (The song Falling Slowly won them an Oscar!) And, as is no surprise, I am obsessed with music, so I did a little more research and discovered that Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (who play the main characters in the film) are part of the group The Swell Season.

As I listened to their follow up albums, The Swell Season and Strict Joy, I began to appreciate their talents even more. Every single song I have heard has been incredible. It is rare to find an artist or group where you truly love all of their work. The Swell Season is one of these rarities.

Luckily for me, I was able to see them perform live on Saturday, May 27th, at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. This was even more fortunate since this was there second to last stop on their tour. We met up with a couple of other fans before the show for dinner and drinks and had a fabulous conversation based on our mutual (although sometimes varied) love of music that moves us.

The show itself was better than I even expected. They truly put on an incredible show. There was a good mix of songs that featured of Glen and those that featured Marketa. And of course the songs where they sang together were the best parts of the show.There were songs that were funny, ones that made me want to dance, and some that made me want to cry.

The performance in and of itself was such a wonderful experience, but the highlight of the night was having the opportunity to meet Glen and Marketa after the show. We had heard that they made a point to stop and meet with fans after their shows, so we stayed after the show by their tour bus. Sure enough, they came out and took the time to say hello to each and every fan. I have so much respect for musicians that truly appreciate their fans and have the desire to interact with them on a personal level. I never know how to express my love of music to an artist, but it was experience enough just to have had the chance to shake their hands and tell them how much I enjoyed the show. Here are the photos we were fortunate enough to get with them

If you have not done so, make it a point to go and listen to the Once soundtrack (and watch the movie too!), The Swell Season, Strict Joy and Glen’s other band The Frames. You will be happy that you did!

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a change is gonna come…

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

It has been quite awhile since I’ve updated my blog. I suppose I just haven’t felt “inspired” enough lately. Whatever the reason, I’ve decided to get back in the swing of things.

Today, Ben Sollee’s cover of “A Change is Gonna Come” brought a smile to my face and made me feel just a tad more optimistic after a rough day.

Well, it’s dark in the city
I’ve lost my pride
The lights in the streets hide the stars from my eyes

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know that change is gonna come

And it’s too hard living
But I’m afraid to die
Cause I don’t know what’s up there
Just beyond the sky

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know that change is gonna come

And I miss my family
My little girl
She is my princess
I’d give her the world

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know that change is gonna come

I just need some comfort
Some kind of belief
That this war we’re fighting
Can really bring some peace

There’s no rhyme nor reason
Or sweet melody
More and more weapons
mean less security

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know that change is gonna come

And I’ve tried to find it
Some better place
Where having the biggest gun
ain’t some kind of race

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know that change is gonna come

There’s been times I thought
I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able
To carry on

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know that change is gonna come

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know that change is gonna come

Yes, a change is gonna come

This is also my absolute favorite song Ben plays from the album. I just can’t get enough of him on the cello in this song!

Here’s to hoping for some (good) changes in life!

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