His words soothe my heart. He sings a lot about love, not because his voice is perfectly suited for melodic declarations of love, but because it’s something he feels. When he touches the piano keys and closes his eyes, you can tell he’s in a moment. He’s not overly sexy, playing it up for the ladies, but because he’s drunk the love kool-aid too and wants to sing about it and can express himself better than most.From the onset of his fame, he has handled himself and his craft with respect. I had the benefit of seeing him perform twice. Once, he opened up for Sade, which I personally felt was beneath him, BUT I get it -it’s Sade! Duh! The second time, I went to see him at a smaller venue. I sprung for mid-price tickets and I went alone. I wanted to go alone. I wanted to sit there and absorb his music through my pores. I knew I would be moved to tears and would rather have no witnesses. I was in row 15, so I was pretty close to the stage. In retrospect, it would have been worth it to spend the extra $50 to sit in the front row. It also didn’t help that he came into the audience and stood on a seat in row 5 and sang half a song. Oh to be in row 6! Thanks to Betsy, though, I was able to get some great shots to capture the magic. I’ve pulled some videos from the internet to provide a good representation of his music. The first one is powerful, with him at the piano, his voice and his fingers doing all the work to entertain the audience. No fancy footwork, backup dancers, pyrotechnics or any of that stuff – just the music. Ignore the wet blanket audience – I just don’t get how they can just sit passively while their senses are being treated to such a great piece of music. You can see how hard he works here and how into the music he is.
If you want to hear how smooth his voice is, without the whole band and back up singers, listen to a classic – a man, his voice and his piano.
You may not love his music as much as I do, but maybe you will. He has a newer CD out now, which the second concert promoted, but I’m partial to his older stuff.
Hey, I like what I like!
ps. The position of the arrow in the picture on the left here is unfortunate and completely unintentional! teehee…