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AND MUSIC DIDN’T GIVE ME UP LAST WEEK

Last week was a rough one. I started it with a rough cold, feeling quite dazed, with heavy migraine and super low spirited, some unpleasant stuff brought out, and the typical lame attitude caused by the sickness itself. To sum up, crap. Still there were some activities which ended up improving the week, so finally it wasn’t so terrible.

I won a ticket for the show of Lee Fields & The Expressions on Tuesday. I can’t recall whether I already talked about his previous show, more or less one year ago, but I know it was worth attending despite my flu.

Considering the show had been barely advertised and was programmed on Tuesday, and also that Fields had been playing at Azkena Rock Festival 4 days earlier, the venue sold an important number of tickets. Quite a surprise.

There weren’t any supporters and the show extended to approx 75 minutes, focusing on My World and his last studio album Faithful Man. Thus we could dance with Ladies, Money is King, I Still Got It, or You’re the Kind of Girl, among others. The Expressions sounded pretty solid and Mr. Fields, aka The Little Mockingbird, seemed to be enjoying lots, interacting with people and cheering us all. at least he made me forget about my cold for a while.

June the 21st is the official date to celebrate the Fête de la Musique, or the World Music Day. Nowadays, everyday is a Day Of, which is an exhausting nonsense, yet I always self-treat with some candy, when music is commemorated.

Glad to say this year’s was a very nice day, and I was starting to feel much better and stronger. On Wednesday I had decided to repeat the Alejandro Escovedo experience, this time in electric, after the great show I enjoyed in October last year, and some attendance confirmation received from some friends, thus I had purchased the tickets and I had a plan set for the evening. Meeting some friends for pre-show beers and the gig itself. Cool.

Regarding the purchase of something musical, thanks to Xavi and Pili, the Elvis Live in Las Vegas box set was waiting for me at the best record store in town, Revolver, at an outrageous cheap price. This set is out of print nowadays, thus the cheapest you can find it is on Ebay from 70USD…I cost me less than half its  cheapest price. This purchase was what we call an EPIC WIN. You might not understand it, but I already had this box in my hands years ago, even though it wasn’t of my property it was kind of mind, and I used to love it, thus it had to be mind at be at the Hellhouse sooner or later. If you are a diehard fan of The King, this is a MUST have.

The San Antonio songwriter has recently released Big Station, and is touring Europe with his band The Sensitives these weeks, introducing his last studio album. I had barely listened to, but the confirmation of Escovedo’s performance playing in electric was attractive enough as to finally attend the show, even though only 9 months have passed since his last visit in October. I think touring so early was a mistake and not many people moved their asses to La[2] to attend the show. It was also a pity that those who were there, didn’t welcome Escovedo and his band too enthusiastically.

Escovedo commented very excited, after being told his fella Chuck Prophet had been playing at the same venue few  weeks ago, that most likely, they’d be back together next year.  Sure that show will be packed, as Prophet is quite popular here.

The artist based his set list on his last 3 albums, swopping from electric to acoustic guitar. Unfortunately one of the acoustic strings broke, and they had to alter the order of the songs a bit.

Most people agreed the previous show in acoustic had been much more intense and emotional, and guess they’re right, as I commented in the post related, the ability this guy has to transmit is very intense and has a great bunch of beautiful songs, plus lyrics, have nothing to envy to artists such as Lucinda Williams or Steve Earle, just to mention a couple. Bottom of the World, Sensitive Boys, the classic Always A Friend, or the immense San Antonio Rain come to my mind quick, and I’m having goose bumps while writing this.

Nevertheless I was happily impressed with his electric side. The show started with the decadent Sally Was A Cop, and I felt moved back to the 70’s, with a groove touch, to go on with the rockin’ Man of the World, confirming Alejandro is in perfect condition as to keep on rockin’ for long time.

It was great to see the sensitive side on one hand, followed by a punk rockin’ attitude right after. Escovedo has lived much, I’m pretty sure he could be a great story teller, and recreate the wildest NY scene in first person. Someone who used to hang out with the godfathers of punk, and nowadays is invited to share the stage with great artists such as Springsteen, and others closer to us, like Jesse Malin and D-Generation, being trated with the utmost respect, can’t be but praised.

From top to bottom, the show was net and excellent, and after recovering his classics Party People, Always a Friend or Castanets, his last encore consisted on two covers, but what covers, friends! First it was time to play Like a Hurricane and then Beast of Bourbon to end the show. What can I say? It was awesome!

Some time ago, I was judged by a person hidden behind a nickname at a music forum for interacting lots with musicians, both on and offstage. I think such issue deserves a post itself, and would love to talk about it, and my own personal experiences, mostly positive.

Anyway, when Alejandro Escovedo left the backstage to greet those who were waiting for him for signing autographs, take pictures or whatever, Elena and I went straight to him to take a picture, the two of us together so we wouldn’t bother him much. He seemed delighted with the result of the show, despite the poor attendance. The funniest thing was that, I ended up talking to him, as usual, and he nicely admitted to remember me from the previous show. it’s nice to find so easy to access artists, you can share impressions with and spend some time talking to. Perhaps it’s the same shit night afer night, but at the end of the day, as an established musician, you owe your situation to your fans, and sharing 15 minutes of the day with them it’s a bearable effort, I think.

The day of the music was actually a great celebration to me, with my new Elvis box, enjoying a wonderful show, and being surrounded by nice people, perhaps not as close as my best friends, but also devoted to music, which, as you can see, can gather people, awake feelings, and help you to deal with inner conflicts. When thinking of music and its influence in my life, a common sentence comes to mind

Let the Music Do the Talking

WHEN MONDAY STOPPED SUCKING

Love these days when you don’t plan anything in particular and all of a sudden everthing ends up wonderful.

Seems I’m passing through such period. Most of times everything comes completely improvised.

A couple of weeks ago I was meant to enjoy a peaceful and quiet weekend. One thing led to another, and I didn’t get any rest but had a  great time.

Same happened again last weekend. The only “obligation” I had, was watching a couple of movies in Sitges, at the film festival. Well, I went out for a quick beer with a close friend on Friday night, and we ended up pissed having lots of fun. On Saturday, the two films I was meant to watch finally turned into 4, enjoyed a nice Japanese lunch by the beach, and spent the day with some friends from Madrid. It was a blast!

My budget is a shit, I think I’m saying this every week, and still I’m doing plenty of stuff outdoors, but it’s true, believe me.

On Monday , after a shitty day at work, something usual lately, I was meant to meet this couple from Madrid, David and Marta (you’re great!), for a couple of beers before they were attending a gig. Thing is that we’re starting to know each other, or at least, we’re acknowledging our interests and tastes. Thus, they started remarking I had to go to the show with them, but really, that wasn’t a good idea considering I’m going to Madrid and my hometown next week for a break, which means I’ll be hanging out, meeting people and moving. Still, these people considered worth spending their dough on my ticket, and I ended up enjoying a great evening.

Alejandro Escovedo was playing just one show here in Spain. Considering his connections to Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen, I expected more audience, but you know how this goes, acoustic sets are not so appreciated by the masses, and Monday is not a good day for gigs either. Still, people from Madrid, Zaragoza and other places, travelled just to see this nice man.

With his acoustic guitar, supported by an awesome guitarist named David Pulkingham, Escovedo offered one of the most beautiful shows I’ve ever witnessed, and I mean it. Not only because of his wonderful songs, and awesome covers, same as other artists from overseas, he’s also talented on his speech, telling stories about his life which delighted everyone. At least I particularly enjoyed every single subject he talked about.

I had just listened to his album Thirteen Years a couple of times, but my ignorance about his work didn’t prevent me from dropping some tears at the end of the show, caused for the emotions this man easily managed to transmit.

I’m sorry and apologize for such crappy review of the show, but again, everything was unexpected, great time among friends, a beautiful show, and the feeling of having witnessed something great.