Day fifty-three

The music concert

I love live music.  You can really tell a lot about where the song comes from by listening to a band perform it live.  I love the atmosphere of having a room full of people really listening and enjoying the music.  I love discovering new opening bands I’ve never heard of and buying their album.  Just like I talked about yesterday regarding the theatre, a concert’s success is influenced by the audience.  The vibe of the audience can make a concert great or can make it dull, completely separate from the music that is being played.

Joan As Police Woman at the Drake Underground, April 21st 2011. Taken by my friend Clark Kim on his phone.

Yesterday I went to see Joan As Police Woman at the Drake Underground, a tiny basement venue on the west side of Toronto (maximum capacity 150 people, but there were less than that last night).  I took three friends who had never heard her music and we stood at the very front.  I’m pretty sure the band was stoned – it was interesting to watch how talented they are as musicians that the sound came out so beautifully when they looked like they were out of their minds (or just really tired)!  That all adds to the atmosphere of a concert.  And I love the funny anecdotes told by musicians.

I met with Joan at the end of the performance and had her sign my cd cover.  She was lovely.  All three of my friends really enjoyed the music and two of them also bought her newest cd and had her sign their copy.  Without coming to the concert and having experienced the music live, I’m not sure either of them would have bought her cd.

Signed Joan As Police Woman cd

In an interview on You Tube about her new album The Deep Field (watch interview here), Joan talks about how she never allows a song to get recorded unless every single word is exactly right.  It’s interesting to see that precision versus the fluidity of the concert.  That’s why I love live music – it adds an extra visual and emotional layer to an already beautiful sound.

A couple of Joan As Police Woman live-in-concert (amateur) videos:

Tonight I’m off to dance some salsa.  More on that tomorrow…