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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Seeing David Gray's spit and sweat

David Gray was amazing last night. My sister Kristy and I got to the lecture hall in the Denver Convention Center last night with our tickets in-hand. These were a birthday present from my sis last August, but then the show was canceled in October, so this was the rescheduled date. We walked in to the ushers, who ush us on our way, pointing to the front section. This was delightful, that they told us to keep moving closer. They keep ushing us forward 'til one blazered chap tells us that our seats are, indeed, in the FIRST ROW. Right in the center. Thank you Ticketmaster! I didn't know Ticketmaster loved me so much. What a great late birthday present! I haven't been in the first row of a huge show like that since Pearl Jam in 1995 in San Diego. We kept looking at each other and laughing in disbelief that we were so close!

David Gray absolutely gouges me; his beautiful playing on both piano and guitar, the way he pours his soul into he music (which you can really see up close - he feels it with his whole body), and that *voice,* both the lower register for the verses and then that sweet, affected, honest higher tenor for the emphasis and soaring parts. It was sheerly fabulous. I lack words (yet I keep trying).

And yep, that setlist includes both a Bob Dylan cover (One Too Many Mornings) AND a Tim Buckley cover immediately following (Song to the Siren, which was haunting in its ethereal beauty). I was in heaven. Ain't No Love (read the lyrics on his site - gorgeous) and Lately were also both show-stopping, as well as one entitled Shine. And as many times as I've heard Please Forgive Me, it remains such an amazing song; it could be one of my top ten. I love the lyric, "feels like lightning runnin' through my veins every time I look at you."

I was really hoping for Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (possibly my favorite song he sings, although I was shocked - shocked! - recently to find out that it is a Soft Cell tune), but no such luck. It's okay, I really couldn't have absorbed any more.


Alive (new) - David Gray
One Too Many Mornings (Dylan cover) - David Gray
Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley) - David Gray
Far From Here (new song) - David Gray

VIDEO: Simon also took some video of the recent show in Cinci:

Video 1 - Video 2 - Video 3

By the way, these cell-phone pics are all I have to regale you with. Not the best quality, but kind of avant-garde artsy, no? I finally figured how to get them off my phone and it wasn't as hard as I thought! They were just getting stuck in my spam filter.

Oh, and speaking of good shows, if I were in the San Francisco Bay Area tonight, I would be tempted to head on out to Hotel Utah and enjoy me some Newcastle while partaking in a good show with two local band favorites. Santa Clara University's own favorite good-time band The Otters are playing with 735 Institution at rad historic venue the Hotel Utah Saloon tonight at 9pm:

"Perhaps the most underrated SF institution, the Hotel Utah has outlasted DJ-bar mania, dive-bar revival and every other nightlife trend to hit the city. Since its doors opened in 1908, the hip factor has never been part of the Utah's organic M.O. This classic saloon showcases 20th-century novelties like a walk-in wooden phone booth, old-fashioned, inner-lit streetlamps and hand-carved mahogany bar back. The Utah packs in a casual and virtually ageless crowd."

It's only $6, so if you are one of my readers from Santa Clara, Stanford, San Fran, Palo Alto, San Jose, Oakland, etc. etc. etc., head on over. The Otters are preparing a rockin' little acoustic set with some original tunes, and I hear there may also be a sexy little number by the Rolling Stones thrown in the mix.

Ooh, bring on that harmonica.

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At March 14, 2006 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Heather,

Well you could either email the photos to your normal email account from your phone. ($$)

Or get a data cable from Nokia "Nokia Connectivity Adapter Cable CA-42" They do seem to have the drivers available for free.


At March 14, 2006 1:46 PM, Blogger Stephen Kuykendall said...

I'm very jealous of seeing david live. Shine has been one of my favorites since i was willingly forced to by 'the ep's 92-94' and introduced to the stripped down acoustic genius pre-white ladder.

At March 14, 2006 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the show tip! I saw a band at the Hotel Utah a few weeks ago, and it is definitely one of the coolest venues in Frisco.

At March 15, 2006 5:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever heard the version of Song to the Siren by Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins)?
It's on a This Mortal Coil cd called It'll End In Tears. I will send it to you if don't have it. It is THE version to play at yer funeral. Brad B.

At March 16, 2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Don't Need Anything said...


At December 02, 2006 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but Song to the Siren is not a good rendition of that song.
Too monotonous he doesn't possess enough range for this piece of music.

At October 12, 2007 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Far from Here" is a new song.

At November 14, 2007 4:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen to the David Gray's version of "Song to the Siren" from his A Thousand Miles Behind album, and try to tell me it isn't the definitive version of the song. Good lord that song moves me. I ran across this blog just from searching for that song by david gray to see if folks were talking about it. Incredible piece of music.


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