Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be.
There is a design,
An alignment to cry,
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be
~ “Sigh No More”
Don’t worry, you haven’t come in the wrong door! I just wanted to share the joy of seeing my first Mumford & Sons concert Tuesday night. I’m a fairly recent fan of the band (only first heard of them when they blew me away with their performance on the Grammys last year) so I missed the smaller shows they did here last year and was thrilled that they were returning to Canada this fall.
I was also thrilled to discover I could just be a “normal” fan again, lol. After the whole David tsunami hit three years ago, it crossed my mind that I wouldn’t be able to just enjoy bands/singers like I always had before, from a comfortable distance. But I’m happy to say, as much as I LOOOVE M&S’s music, I do not need to meet them, I don’t have a clue who their manager or “team” is (nor do I wish to know), I’ve never been to one of their fan sites and don’t feel compelled to start one. 🙂 And while I enjoy reading and watching interviews with them, I don’t keep hitting “replay” all day.
It was also cool to go to their amazing show, and observe the crowd WAY up in the rafter seats (because they sold-out the 15,800 capacity Air Canada Centre, with hundreds of people forming a rolling-wave ocean of a mosh pit down on the floor).
I will admit though that so many things reminded me of a David concert … how humble they are (mentioning repeatedly how honoured they felt that such a huge crowd came out to see them and how nervous and stressed it made them feel) … how passionately they throw every fibre of their beings into each performance … but most of all, how their music makes me feel: pure joy, while also sticking with me and making me think more deeply about things.
Unlike a David concert, they played a bunch of new songs for us, thanked us for our patience with them and explained that this is part of their process. They sort of “workshop” new material on the road live, work out the kinks, reshape songs until they feel they’re ready to record. Love, love, LOOOVE that concept … would it not be aMAZing if David tried that someday too? To do that, you need a patient, dedicated, supportive fan base who believes in you and feels as though they’re part of your “process” — sound familiar?
Two thumbs up all the way!!!!!! 🙂
P.S. Marcus Mumford introduced this Neil Young cover by saying that some of their favourite musicians are Canadian. 🙂