A Soulful Voice + Acoustic Guitar
I'm trying to remember, if it was because of an influence of a guitarist keen to discover his new 'sound' or me coming across one of Carter's videos and just being entranced (I'm pretty sure I have his drumming DVD on VHS somewhere!).
After clicking on a YouTube video suggestion of Dave's visit to NPR's tiny desk, I couldn't help but be drawn to Stephen Thompson's notes in the information panel after hitting play: "When you go to a Dave Matthews Band concert, you expect a super-sized performance, complete with expansive solos and a nice, long set list. So when Matthews shed his backing players to swing by the Tiny Desk for a solo gig, he couldn't just knock out three songs and bail. Instead, he played a set so long — so defiantly un-Tiny "
As I listen to Dave bare his soul...I scroll down the comments:
"Every summer they're still packing people into the outdoor venues, selling out the seat sections and filling the lawn with a sea of people. It might astound you to see the amount of young people who go to these shows, front end of the lawn stuffed shoulder-to-shoulder with 18-24s.... in 2018. Groups of them 5-10+ coming to shows, all singing every lyric and predicting the opener or the next song the band plays, like true fans. Dave doesn't give a crap about having a social media presence, the band doesn't do cheesy marketing stunts or get themselves into constant TMZ stories. Still, the new generation coming up now found their way to DMB just the same."
"I think Dave Matthews should be the first guy to talk to the aliens"
"You know those performances you watch that make you feel so in awe and really certain that they were born to do this and you just cry your eyes out?"
"People keep calling DMB "Bro music"....I don't get it, he's so poetic..."
I could say that this would be the first time I'd be listening to 'Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)' --- and like previous tracks that I have been entranced with, I am surprised. Without reading through the lyrics, I couldn't see how the music has a connection to Samurai Cops.
Then I look through the rest of the set-list and find out that the only one I have heard before was: 'Don't Drink the Water'. I feel like this is like a mini-listening party for the tracks I haven't heard before.
I'm not sure much time, has passed since I last immersed myself in the group's albums...but then I suspect that it has been more than 10 years. Maybe even around the time I grabbed a copy of their Central Park concert on DVD when I was shopping for gifts.
How about you? What was the last DMB track you listened to?
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