I would like to call this beauty
I don’t usually rant paragraphs about musicians or music, but this one totally deserves it.
Just came back from the Corinne Bailey Rae concert, and I am like going insane with wonder like I just saw AN ANGEL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN!!!! No words can fully describe how amazingly talented this artist is, nor how much beauty there is both in her person and her work. By the third song I was dying already (Geri can vouch for this HAHA) – I was totally not expecting to be this blown away. To be honest, I think she sounds WAY better live than on record. IMAGINE THAT. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE!?!?
Every single song was sung with such power and raw emotion that not even for a moment could you tear your eyes or your ears away from it. ON TOP OF IT ALL, HER INSANE BAND. OMG. The band is so crazy talented and well put together; they complemented each other in every way possible – each arrangement was impeccably executed. AND HER VOICE – HER VOICEEEE – IT SINGS DIRECTLY TO YOUR SOUL. Not even to your HEART where all the fluffy feelingfeelings lie, but to your SOUL in the deepest recesses where your hidden emotions are buried (!!! NOT EVEN KIDDING)
I’d have to disclaimer that if you weren’t a fan and hadn’t heard her songs before, you probably wouldn’t have liked it as much, mainly because you wouldn’t have been able to make out the lyrics she was singing. AND FOR CBR, PART OF THE MAGIC IS THAT HER LYRICS ARE LIKE, CRYSTALS FALLING FROM HEAVEN AND INTO YOUR CUSHIONED EARS, AND THEN PENETRATING YOUR BRAIN LIKE DYNAMITE. (AND THEN EXPLODING INTO FAIRYDUST WITHIN YOUR MIND)
Her encore song was a surprise to everybody, a familiar tune by Doris Day that everyone knows by heart. But the beauty of CBR is that she makes an indelible mark on every song she covers, and this arrangement + last encore performance was freaking unicorn level mind-blowing (as you can tell I am running out of analogies to describe how amazing this was). Managed to find a really good youtube recording of her band doing the song.
Of course this doesn’t really do justice to what it actually sounded like LIVE.
CAN YOU IMAGINE LISTENING TO THIS LIVE, WITH HER BAND DECKED OUT IN FULL AND HER MAGICAL VOICE RESOUNDING AROUND THE ENTIRE ESPLANADE HALL AND BURSTING THROUGH THE CEILINGS!? IT WAS PIN DROP SILENCE AND WHEN SHE FINISHED EVERYONE WENT INSANE. My life will never be the same.
You slept a sigh like the angels speak/and we danced into tomorrow on bleeding feet