Saturday, May 24, 2008

The swell season, the seasick heart

We saw the Swell Season (Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard) at Radio City Music Hall last week. I am still listing a bit, as if I've been on the high seas and even though I'm now on dry land, I can still feel the rise and fall. The passion these musicians express through their music moves right through me--rearranging things, shaking things up as it flows on through.

The highlight of the night for me was, aside from Glen Hansard strumming with wings on his fingers and stomping his foot like a dog when you scratch his sweet spot, was Marketa Irglova inviting her sister up on stage to sing "Gently Johnny." Her sister appeared out of the dark seating area, retreated to a shadowy part of the stage, sang like a dutiful and beautiful angel with her big sister, then wandered off again, without fanfare, into the darkness.

Now I'm left to face the fact that I'm a middle-aged mother of two small children with nothing but two ticket stubs to Radio City Music Hall and some broken high heel shoes to remind me of that fleeting moment when I sailed into the mystic.

Now I'm back to being chief thing finder, knee-deep in crumbs, dog hair, and spilled milk. And I often find myself humming,
"Star star, teach me how to shine, shine, teach me so I know what's going on in your mind. Because I don't understand these people, who say the hill's too steep, they talk and talk forever but they just never climb."

"Mum, Mum, Muuuummmmmmm!" "I'm sorry, Possum. Did you say something?"

I've got new, related, posts up here and here over at BabyCenter.

YouTube video by fourteenacross


Lawrence said...

Watching and listening to Ms. Irglova can bring a tough man to tears. It's her relative innocence, her sincerity, her heartfelt efforts to do good, that hit their mark in my heart and prompt strong emotions to surge and tears to shed. May G-D bless her and keep her safe from corrupting influences.
Popelka, milujeme te!
Lawrence Connolly

Emilyplays said...

Beautiful music, makes me weepy though! Is it a middle age thing? I never used to get weepy!

Glen is so crush worthy! But I just have to say, what is it with middle-aged men and twenty-something women? I don't know, maybe I'm just jealously mourning my lost twenties.

Thanks for posting the musical interlude!

Betsy said...

"crush worthy." Now that's a good one.

Jen said...

I find myself humming songs sometimes which take me completely away from where I am and bring me right back to where I was and what I felt when I heard the music before. One entire album takes me back to when I used to work on the cruise ships and I can picture myself sitting there at night on a pitch-black bow watching the stars shoot and fall and feeling awestruck.
Beautiful post.

Isorski said...

You captured Swell Season mania perfectly. These two are incredible and I hope there's a lot of great new music to come.

I saw Swell Season in Portland at the very beginning of the tour. They were stellar. I posted a review on my blog at Check it out!