Friday, 24 January 2014

Cry, laugh, shiver and smile :) (Weekend activity recommendation)

I said I was going to post some bits and pieces of my life on this blog, and there was at least one person (actually I think that might have been me) voting for more music stuff on the poll I had going :) So since it's Friday (an excuse I find usable in almost all situations), why don't I write a recommendation for one of my favourite artists? Yeah... why not?

I first heard of Beth Hart back in December 2010 when she played a concert in Trondheim, Norway. I met a friend of mine in a bar right next door to where the concert was, and he was on his way to this concert. I'd never heard of her before and I was pretty comfy where I was with some other friends so I didn't go. My friend came back after the concert and told us all it was friggin awesome. I didn't really think much about it back then, but I noted the name behind my ear and thought I'd check out her music later. And when I did I found out what a complete idiot I had been. I've never regretted missing a concert more in my life.

I remember the first song I ever heard was her cover of Led Zeppelins Whole lotta love on the Live in Paradiso DVD. I was at a friends house and he had borrowed the DVD and wanted to show me this awesome thing he said. So we sat down, guitar started playing and I'm thinking, oh cool... Zeppelin cover. And then she starts singing... It's not that often you get that feeling of every tiny hair both on your head and elsewhere on your body standing straight out, but that time, and every time I hear that song, this happens. I think that was the moment I realized what a huge mistake I had done not going to that concert. We started the DVD over and watched it twice with none of us saying a word. Since then I've been a huge fan of her fantastic blues, rock and ballad mix, with dead honest lyrics, much about her pretty rough life, that at times can make a grown man cry. Actually I gotta admit I had to leave my desk on the verge of crying at work today when I sat down to write this post during lunch. I tried to find that Whole lotta love cover on YouTube but I found this version of Leave the light on instead:

So, if you want a fantastic music experience this weekend that could make you cry, laugh, shiver and smile here is what you should do: Get hold of the Live in Paradiso DVD (shouldn't be that hard to get), turn off the lights, crank up the volume and enjoy. And when you're done with that, I don't think I'll need to tell you to go check out the rest of her stuff. And don't be afraid to leave a comment here with what you think.

And Beth... please come back to Trondheim some time soon :)


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