There was a lot of music on the farm over the weekend. The fun started on the back porch and ultimately ended with a cake walk in the big barn.
Unfortunately, the rain was steady all day long and the crowd was small. Still, we managed to have a great time. I actually like when the music is officially over, but the musicians hang out and continue playing on their own. Playing for each other and themselves.
Not much beats hearing Debbie and Rob play baroque music…other than listening to them play by candlelight.
I have some wonderful friends.
Remember my buddy Jim? Last weekend, the two of us went to the Celtic festival in Dayton and watched some bands and strolled around looking at everything for sale in the booths. On the main stage was a fantastic band named Gaelic Storm. They had thousands of fans watching them. The fans knew all of the songs and sang along with the band. They were packed in like sardines, and acted like they were not in sweltering heat. Everyone was having a great time.
After that experience, we walked to one of the small stages and came across this unknown band. To my ears, they sounded just as good and they were just as professional. The big difference? They didn’t have a soul watching them perform. The big headline act had sucked up everyone into one massive seething ball of sweaty madness.
I kind of felt sorry for these guys. They even introduced the members of the band to an empty house. If the organizers of the festival know that Gaelic Storm always sucks up everyone around, why book bands on two other stages at the same time?
I downloaded the new Nickel Creek album, Dotted Line, last weekend and instantly became enamoured with this song:
Little did I know that Hayloft is a cover of the Canadian band, Mother Mother. I like both versions and now, I am going to go download some more Mother Mother. Funny how you discover new bands and new music.
Remember last week's post about Guns n Roses cover? This week we have another alternative take on an iconic song. Patti Smith's cover of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit is fantastic. Give it a listen.
Blown away by this version of Guns N Roses' – Sweet Child O Mine.
I think it's fantastic when artists feel free to recreate well known songs.
My current music crush is Agnes Obel, a Dutch artist whos music is incredible. She gives the orchestrations time to live and breathe. Here are two of my favorites:
The wonderful viloinist playing on The Curse is Mika Posen from the Canadian band, Timbre Timbre. The cellist is Anne Müller.