Michael John Dunaway Lifestream

October 3, 2008

Passion, Music, Life

Filed under: Entertainment,Music,Uncategorized — michaeljohndunaway @ 1:33 am

Wow, wow, and wow.

Last week Gates and I met our dear friends the Burgins in Nashville to see The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who won an Academy Award for the gorgeous song “Falling Slowly” from the perfect little film Once) perform at The Ryman Auditorium.  The Ryman is one of the great music venues in the entire country.  And this was one of the greatest shows I have ever seen.

The passion in the music is overpowering.  Glen Hansard sells out to every song like his very life depends on it.  I kept looking up at him and thinking, “THIS is how we should all be living our lives!”  At one point in the show, he did a solo version of Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks,” just him and his guitar.  It was probably my favorite solo musical moment of all time.

Now, no video clip will ever do it justice.  This is the epitome of the “you had to be there” moment.  So my most desperate plea to all of you is to go see The Swell Season in person as soon as possible.  But to give some idea of the way Hansard performs, here’s a Youtube page with his Coachella performance of the same song.  Turn those speakers up loud, and expand the picture to full screen.



1 Comment »

  1. Dave and I saw The Swell Season a couple months ago in Baltimore and I would completely agree with what a powerful performance Glen Hansard puts on. We walked out of the auditorium wondering how he can strain his voice the way he does and perform that way he does, night after night. He’s also great riffing with the crowd, just giving you his insightful, funny, and quirky view on life, love, heartbreak, music, Ireland, or just growing up.

    He did a solo version of Van Morrison for us too–it was unbelievable.

    We didn’t want to go to see this concert at first–not wanting to make the hour dive to Baltimore (it was really the drive home we didn’t want to do), but so glad we sucked it up.


    Comment by Charisse — October 3, 2008 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

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