This week I’ve found myself consistently blown away by the sheer emotional power of live music. I’ve seen a number of live performances that have touched me to the very core of who I am and what I feel, and have reminded me why it is I fell in love with this art form in the first place. This week, I’d love to share some of the best performances I saw in person or via the internet. If you’ve seen something particularly inspiring this week, please don’t hesitate to share it with me. I’d love to see it!
The Lone Bellow
I saw them at the Troubadour this week, and by far the best moment of the evening was when they abandoned their mics and opted for an acoustic moment at the front of the stage. The room filled with complete silence, with whispering voices replaced only by the intensity of their harmonies and beautiful voices. Luckily, I captured it on my phone so that I can relive this moment forever. This beautiful song, “Watch Over Us,” completely brought me to tears.
They did the same with “Two Sides of Lonely,” so I thought I would share that as well.
I’m not even going to pretend I know what this song is. I googled it to no success. It’s such a quiet, intimate acoustic performance that exposes the heart of who Kip Moore is as a performer. With absolutely no one in the seats, he still taps into the emotion, he still gives it everything he has in his understated way. I’ve probably watched six times and it just got tweeted this morning. I love it.
Alex & Sierra
I don’t watch the X Factor and I had no idea who this duo was until this week. But my god, this is spectacular. They take a beautiful song (Gravity by Sara Bareilles) that’s ample with full throttle emotions and make it absolutely their own. The vocals are beautiful, the set is reflective, and the overall performance is stunning. My only critique would be that they perform to their audience as much as they perform to each other.
Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood & Reba
FLAWLESS vocal delivery. Sweet baby Jesus. When it goes acapella I want to DIE of happiness.
I posted this earlier this week but I managed to find a much better video than what I had before. This moment from the ACA’s in which Leann pays tribute to the amazing Patsy Cline is one that should go down in Country Music history. I still can’t get over the end of this when the tears are welling up in her eyes. She’s always been a performer that tapped into what a song meant by simply letting it radiate out through her voice.