Concert

Apr. 22nd, 2007 12:29 am
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I don't know what I was expecting when I bough the tickets for Loreena McKennitt concert that me, [livejournal.com profile] mirrored_echo and Sarah just came back from. 

She was...

amazing doesn't quite cover it. Inspirational? Spiritual? I didn't know music could be like this. Emotions flew through the room. It was surreal and magical.

Few distinct moments I remember out of many:

Starting with "She moved through the fair". So hauntingly beautiful. Immediately switching to Gates of Istanbul suddenly revealing whole orchestra. Darker and equally haunting. beautiful.

"Highwayman", toward the end of it, you couldn't see a single person moving in the audience, but not in a relaxed sort of way. Everyone waiting for the punchline of the poem (no pun intended). and later when she sings the lines "Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky" it was just... so intense almost intimidating. That whole song just went over the top then some.

That followed by "Dante's Prayer", When she kept going "please remember me" I was ready to start weeping, heavy hearted. (anyone who knew me long enough knows my personal attachment that song, but even without that: there is just something about that vocal fading into background that makes it ethereal, like a ghost fading away...) To the point that Bonny Swans was a welcome relief. :) I now am a little glad she didn't play Cymbeline or Skellig: that could have been hazardous to the health.  (I would love to hear them through)

Lady of Shalott. How did she manage to give a happy ending to a sad ending song through an instrumental final. I could hear her rewrite the end almost. (maybe that was me imagining I don't know)

"Old Ways", toward the end of the song,  we were at the sea, hearing the waves rocking. The concert hall was gone I swear! How did drums and all instruments just stop playing music and became the sea and the storm I don't know but they just did.

"Never Ending Road". it just felt peaceful. Have never seen an emotion come across so clearly through a music. Maybe it was the amplification of a theater full people being moved but it was almost the music itself was charged with peace and calm. 

And some funny/personal moments:
"
Mummers Dance" beginning. 3rd song from the start. It took 2 notes for people to pick up and cheer. 2 notes, not more.

Me and Cid clutching to each other through Highwayman, then through another song ("Beneath a Phrygian Sky" I think)

"Santiago" where everyone started clapping. I stop after few beats after the guy next to me, something along the lines of: "oh no, you are not stopping you got me started". :D

"The Mystic's Dream" nothing to say except cloud 9.

Toward the end of the concert. LM just started playing this beautiful slow melody and a male voice from the balcony: "I love you babe!". Many people just lost it and started laughing.  I was actually amazed LM didn't miss a beat. It was funny.

edit: ohh btw. I sat on my purse so that I could be a bit higher and see the stage. I was carrying many stuff in it including a cd and my Ipod. Did everything survive the experience. this is yet to be seen. It is kind of embarrassing but how could I know the tickets would go so fast??

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