If You Want To See A Great Concert

Head to WorkPlay tonight for Josh Ritter.

One of the best concerts I ever attended was two or three years ago when he played with the Damnwells. He is a fantastic song writer, and really interacts well with the audience. In a cozy venue like WorkPlay, that makes for an awesome show.

My wife says she wants to name our daughter Kathleen, after the Josh Ritter song of the same name, the opening lyrics to which are:

All the other girls here are stars-you are the Northern Lights.
They try to shine in through your curtains-you’re too close and too bright.
They try and they try but everything that they do
Is the ghost of a trace of a pale imitation of you.

Now that makes me want to swoon, and far from being a star struck young gal, I am a cynical old curmudgeon.  

But he isn’t just a crooner. From the new album:

I became a thin blue stream
The smoke between asleep and dreams
And in that clear blue undertow
I saw Royal City far below
Borders soft with refugees
Streets a’swimming with amputees
It’s a Bible or a bullet they put over your heart
It’s getting harder and harder to tell them apart
Days are nights and the nights are long
Beating hearts blossom into walking bombs
And those still looking in the clear blue sky for a sign
Get missiles from so high they might as well be divine
Now the wolves are howling at our door
Singing bout vengeance like it’s the joy of the Lord
Bringing justice to the enemies not the other way round
They’re guilty when killed and they’re killed where they’re found
If what’s loosed on earth will be loosed up on high
It’s a Hell of a Heaven we must go to when we die

Listen to these, and more, here. Then check out the show tonight.

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2 Comments on “If You Want To See A Great Concert”

  1. Himself Says:

    Cynical – yes. Curmudgeon – yes. But old – not while I’m still waking up on the right side of the grass.

  2. […] We saw them in concert a couple of years ago with Josh Ritter at Workplay. Great show. I’m no critic, but if I was, I’d call them an alternative pop rock kind of band. But that might lead you to think of Train. Which would be bad, because they are much better than Train. Not that Train is bad, just that these guys are great. A bit edgier than Train. I don’t know, how do you describe sounds? […]

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