Friday 13 July 2012

When An Artist MEANS IT!

You can just tell. There's nothing like it.

Some artists go a whole career without really meaning it.

Look at this performance of Van Morrison's 'Into The Mystic' by Glen Hansard and Marketa Iglova.

It's good, right from the beginning. But just wait till you get to 1min 30; they come ALIVE! And the rest of the performance is transcendent. You're watching two people caught up in LIFE, and their love, and their craft, and the audience. It's everything! And look at the moment on 2mins 22seconds, don't you just love that!

I was watching the documentary about them a few days back, 'The Swell Season'; and Glen talks about how when he was in the band The Frames, he'd write in a certain way --- and it wasn't until he wrote with Marketa, that he really allowed himself to be romantic, to really let that side of himself out. And now look at him; he's at the peak of his career, and he's found his creative soulmate, and potentially his soulmate soulmate too. Just look at them perform together! You can't help but get a buzz out of it. It's life, right THERE!

Just look at the concentration. Look at the little tiny almost imperceptible shifts in their faces, in their voices. Feel the chill when they sing together from 1min 6secs. They're SO in the moment. I love music. 

Care to share?


  1. Lovely new design, Kid.

  2. Great post Kid. I'm listening to a lot of Joni Mitchell at the moment as I'm taking part in a Tribute Night to hear in Reading next month. Listening to 'Both Sides Now' when she was younger and then when she older and had a wealth of experience behind her is breath taking. The same with River as well.

  3. Beautiful, especially "Into the Mystic".

  4. I show this to anyone and everyone whenever I get the chance so I may have already shown you this, but this is one of my all-time favourite videos because you can feel it coming from inside: