Two of My Favorite Live Performances - Ever!

Two of My Favorite Live Performances - Ever!
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Hey All...

I know I haven't blogged in a while but I've been waaaay busy (yes, both fun & work) but it's now, once again, time for me to share. Here are two of my favorite live performances ever. Yes, there are many more but these two just seem to stand out in my mind - maybe because of the time and maybe because of the circumstances. But, regardless, they really are great performances and I hope you enjoy both as much as I do!

First Up - "The Boxer - Live" Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park - 80's

This performance really hits me, personally, & as a musician. While watching this video, try to remember that S & G had been together for over 20 years at that point and had their ups & downs as friends & co-workers do. As many of you know, this type of musical relationship is very much like a marriage. This was their reunion concert (featuring Steve Gadd, I might add - one of my favortie drummers!!!) and this perfornance shows the true love these two really share for one another.

If you watch carefully, you'll notice the F up in the beginning (we've all been there!) and then pay attention after the lyric: " After changes upon changes we are more or less the same; after changes we are more or less the same". Not only a beautifully truthful lyric, but notice the unspoken reactions; as Paul looks at Art in a way that only good friends (with a long history) do. And Art, replies with a hand on Paul's back in acknowledgment. These lyrics have always touched me, but, coupled with this performance, I'm truly just blown away - even to this day!!!

Finally, the last verse just describes something that I think we all feel as we continuously get bruised and battered by the situations we encounter while living. However, unlike most of us, that tend to just give up and become bitter, this boxer may be giving up the current battle, but he hasn't given up on life! We all decide to choose our battles eventually... "In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down or cut him till he cried out in his anger and his shame, "I am leaving, I am leaving but the fighter still remains, yes he still remains". Enjoy...

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Next up is "In Your Eyes" by Pete Gabriel from the Secret World Tour with Tony Levin, David Rhodes, Manu Katche, Paula Cole, Papa Wemba & a host of Others! - '94, I believe.

Again, the lyrics on this song just remind us of how much our relationships impact our lives and how they make us feel about ourselves. According to Peter Gabriel, this song was written after he realized his marraige of many years was in jeopardy. I won't elaborate (too much) lyrically here as I did earlier because the performance seems to take the lyric to a whole new level.

Here's part of the hook, "In your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches. In your eyes, the resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes, I see the light and the heat
In your eyes, oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light, the heat I see in your eyes"

Now, you must try and look past the 80's type clothing and dance moves. Focus on the groove (again, the drummer, Manu Katche, is truly hot here - in more ways than one!) also notice the way, the musicians interact with one another on stage. In fact, take it one step further and notice the audience participation in the beginning with the lighters (not just holding them lit - but attempting to light and unlight on the beat). Actually many of them get it!

I also think that the live vocals are incredible; Peter's voice being seasoned and nostalgic, with Paula's being fresh and hopeful, while Papa Wemba levels the playing field, showing that feelings transcend gender, economics and culture (or did Peter really do that?). What a great combination of textures on this song to get the lyrical point across. Really beautiful and artful. Again enjoy and feel free to comment back. I do love to hear what you guys think about these blogs.

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Until next time... xxxooo, G

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