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February 13, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org
In May we will be having a blast counting down the listener generated 913 Songs list.  Think about your favorite songs that you identify with when listening to WYEP.  Make your list of your favorite 20 songs and vote in WYEP's 913 Essential Songs. http://www.wyep.org/events/contests/index.php?id=51 Here's Beaver County Times writer Scott Tady's Top 20 list to get you thinking. From Scott: I've been a regular listener since the early '90s, and I'm prepared to fight for any one of these songs. Ryan Adams - New York, New York Beck - E-pro Billy Bragg - A New England R.L. Burnside - Someday Baby Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues Peter Gabriel - Digging in the Dirt Grateful Dead - U.S. Blues John Hiatt - A Perfectly Good Guitar Indigo Girls - Closer to Fine Joe Jackson - Breaking Us in Two The Jam - That's Entertainment Lyle Lovett - That's Right (You're Not From Texas) Loretta Lynn/Jack White - Portland, Oregon My Morning Jacket - I Believe Rusted Root - Ecstasy Spoon - Don't Make Me a Target Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and Number 20 will be coming !  
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February 9, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards produced a number of winners for WYEP artists.  Congratulations to Robert Plant & Alison Krauss for taking home 5 total awards, including Album & Record of the Year. Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand Record of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Please Read This Letter" Best New Artist: Adele Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva la Vida Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Rich Woman" Song of the Year: Coldplay, "Viva la Vida" Best Rock Song: Bruce Springsteen, "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer, "Gravity" Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Coldplay, "Viva la Vida" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, "Chasing Pavements" Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Killing the Blues" Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand Best Traditional Blues Album: B.B. King, One Kind Favor Best Contemporary Blues Album: Dr. John and the Lower 911, City That Care Forgot Best Traditional Gospel Album: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Down in New Orleans
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February 3, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org
Fans of the UK band Elbow know 'Grounds for Divorce'. Take a listen to the band performing that song with the BBC Orchestra, the orchestra really kicks in about a minute into the song. Click on the link and see what you think. http://www.youaintnopicasso.com/2009/02/02/mp3-elbow-grounds-for-divorce-w-the-bbc-orchestra/  
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February 3, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org
91.3fm WYEP did a first ever 'live' broadcast from backstage at Bonnaroo last year.  We were able to air backstage performances from Rilo Kiley, Nicole Atkins, Newton Faulkner, The Racontuers, and several others. The new lineup for this June's festival in Manchester TN has been announced and iincludes a wide range of musical styles and genres. Juen 11th - 14th are the dates for the Festival. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND, PHISH, THE BEASTIE BOYS, NINE INCH NAILS, ANDREW BIRD, TV ON THE RADIO, WILCO, AL GREEN, Alejandro Escovedo and Rodrigo y Gabriela , DAVID BYRNE, FEMI KUTI, MERLE HAGGARD, ERYKAH BADU, MGMT, BON IVER, THE DECEMBERISTS, LUCINDA WILLIAMS AND MANY MORE.      
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January 28, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org

Buddy Holly Tribute: 50th Anniversary Special

Tuesday, February 3rd , 4 – 6pm on 91.3fm WYEP

Hosted and Produced by Afternoon Mix Host Rosemary Welsch

February 3 marks the 50th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died". Three of the biggest stars in rock and roll-- Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper-- and their young pilot died in a small plane crash in an Iowa cornfield. This two hour special takes a look at the influence of Buddy Holly's music and celebrates his contribution to the music world. 
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January 22, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org
We all have favorite songs that we've discovered listening to 91.3fm WYEP.  We're trying to have some fun in these long winter months by creating the ultimate listener generated list called 'WYEP's 913 Essential Songs'. We're asking you to submit 20 songs that define the WYEP listening experience for you.  Have some fun with it, it's a chance to reflect and help us create a really cool list that we'll count down sometime in May. I'll be posting some volunteer announcer and staff lists over the coming weeks, and some other local notables in our community. http://www.wyep.org/events/contests/index.php?id=51  
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January 11, 2009 by Andy C
Andy here, from the Tuesday Evening Mix. I know, it's kind of late, but here is a list of my favorites from 2008. 1)DoDo's - "Visiter" (French Kiss Records) I've written about these guys before on here.  They are fantastic.  Their second full length was a total surprise to me.  The melodies are great, but really the best part for me is the percussion.  It's loud, forceful, and gorgeous.  It sounds like they are just jamming away on whatever they can find to bang on.  It's very freeing to listen to that. 2) Hayden - "In Field and Town" (Fat Possum) This guy just does it for me.  Always has.  People think of him as being similar to Neil Young, but actually I think he writes amazing 3 minute pop songs when he wants to.  Take for example the gem of a single, "Where and When": "The snow was falling down like pieces of the sky last Friday night I was outside on the street, and she was inside to a beat Next thing I know, she's watching me writing to her in the snow "Let's go" She got up so close, the condensation changed her to a ghost But she appeared again, as she wrote on the glass "Well, it depends..." "Where and when?" Take that and add some hand claps.  Fantastic   3) Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes" (SubPop) Fleet Foxes seem kind of boring.  I mean this in the best possible way, though.  They are long haired guys with beards who play alot of acoustic guitar.  This has been done a million times.  In fact, the first few times I listened to them I didn't get it.  I thought there had to be more to it.  Then I started to realize that there didn't have to be more to it.  In fact the whole debut long player is so comforting and good, that it can almost creep by you without notice.  I'll be shocked if they can't keep putting out solid releases over the next 10-15 years.  It's just feels that good and that natural.   4) The Walkmen "You and Me" (Gigantic) The Walkmen are a band thats quality, in my opinion, has varied greatly at times.  They can put me to sleep with how morose and alike all their songs can sound on some recordings.  However, this release reminded me of what I've liked in the past.  I think this is the first time they have put out a whole LP that is great from front to back.  They are from NYC, and not surprsingly so.  The record sounds like walking around NYC at night in the winter time.  Or maybe, it sounds like sitting around your house in the winter with friends while having a few drinks.  You may have a different opinion of what it sounds like, but I know it will involve winter.  It has to.   5) Retribution Gospel Choir - "Retribution Gospel Choir" (Caldo Verde) Well, I had wondered for a while what would happen if the band Low took it up from 20 bpm, to even like 30, or maybe 40, and just got even slightly angry.  Alan Sparhawk, of Low, has done just that with this side project.  Produced by Mark Kozelek, of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon fame, it sounds like a lost Crazy Horse record.  No frills rock n' roll.   6) Spiritualized "Songs In A&E" (Fontana Intl.) Jason Pierce's output has slowed somewhat in recent history, but the quality has not.  This is one of his best.  "Soul On Fire" is also one of the under appreciated songs of the year.   7) Frightened Rabbit "Midnight Organ Fight" (Fat Cat) There is something very comforting about this record.  Which is kind of weird, as some of the lyrics are pretty harsh.  Maybe that's what makes it comforting, though.  Of course, it also always helps to swear in a heavy Scottish accent.  It just sounds that much more biting.  Not that I think that Americans should put on a fake Scottish accent and start swearing.  That would just be obnoxious.  Do you think Ryan Adams is going to start doing that?     8) Vampire Weekend - "Vampire Weekend" (XL Recordings) A lot has been written about these guys so I'm just going to tell a quick story in this place.  I have this major problem of forgetting my keys when I leave my house.  I do it probably like 5 or 6 times a year.  Thankfully my wife works at a hospital about 3 blocks from our house.  So, I have upon occasion had to call her and go to the hospital to get her key.  One cold day I did this while she was working in the ICU.  She explained to me where exactly to go and she would be waiting just inside the main doors to the unit.  I walked in and there she was.  She then preceeded to turn around and say, "Everyone, it's okay...".  The whole unit of staff turned around at this point.  "This is my husband.  You see, he locked himself out of our house so he had to walk over here to get my keys.", she says.  Everyone kind of chuckles and goes back to their business.  Kind of unnecessary, right?   9) MGMT - "Oracular Spectacular" (Columbia) MGMT actually is rather over the top for me.  I'm a simple man with simple pleasures.  However, If you can write really good melodies that are amongst the catchiest this decade, well to a certain degree you can get a pass.  I still may roll my eyes at you on the cover of magazines in neon colored spandex, but I will defend the songs anytime someone brings them up.   10) Beach House "Devotion" (Carpark) A very subtle release from this duo out of Baltimore.  The vocals are really what make it for me.  I find myself singing along to it all the time.  
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January 5, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org

Here's the WYEP 2008 Top 50 recordings !

1. Radiohead, ‘In Rainbows’

2. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand’

3. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive’

4. Kathleen Edwards, ‘Asking for Flowers’

5. Coldplay, ‘Viva La Vida, or Death and All His Friends’

6. Death Cab for Cutie, ‘Narrow Stairs’

7. My Morning Jacket, ‘Evil Urges’

8. DeVotchKa, ‘A Mad & Faithful Telling’

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, ‘100 Days 100 Nights’

10. Fleet Foxes, ‘Fleet Foxes’

11. Martha Wainwright, ‘I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too’

12. Vampire Weekend, ‘Vampire Weekend’

13. Michael Franti & Spearhead, ‘All Rebel Rockers’

14. Emmylou Harris, ‘All I Intended to Be’

15. Verve//Remixed 4′

16. Alejandro Escovedo, ‘Real Animal’

17. Jackie Greene, ‘Giving Up the Ghost’

18. Conor Oberst, ‘Conor Oberst’

19. Nicole Atkins, ‘Neptune City’

20. Old 97s, ‘Blame It on Gravity’

21. Joe Jackson, ‘Rain’

22. Jack Johnson, ‘Sleep Through the Static’

23. Carbon/Silicon, ‘The Last Post’

24. Buddy Guy, ‘Skin Deep’

25. Dar Williams, ‘Promised Land’

26. Elbow, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’

27. Levon Helm, ‘Dirt Farmer’

28. The Kooks, ‘Konk’

29. Sheryl Crow, ‘Detours’

30. Okkervil River ‘The Stage Names

31. Richie Havens, ‘Nobody Left to Crown’

32. Dan Wilson, ‘Free Life’

33. Mike Doughty, ‘Golden Delicious’

34. Band of Horses, ‘Cease to Begin’

35. kd Lang ‘Watershed’

36. The Black Keys, ‘Attack & Release’

37. Joan Osborne, ‘Little Wild One’

38. James Hunter, ‘The Hard Way’

39. Drive-By Truckers, ‘Brighter Than Creation’s Dark’

40. Aimee Mann, ‘#@%&! Smilers’

41. Mudcrutch, ‘Mudcrutch’

42. Beck, ‘Modern Guilt’

43. R.E.M., ‘Accelerate’

44. She & Him, ‘Volume One’

45. Chuck Prophet, ‘Soap and Water’

46. Elvis Costello, ‘Momofuku’

47. Duffy, ‘Rockferry’

48. Jim White, ‘Transnormal Skiperoo’

49. Gary Louris, ‘Vagabonds’

50. John Fogerty, ‘Revival’
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December 19, 2008 by cindy@wyep.org
Everyone who came to the WYEP Holiday Hootenanny - THANK YOU! What an amazing night of holiday music!!! Silver & Gold were FAN-FLIPPING-tastic! Amazing local music is in our city, my friends! Pictures are up on WYEP's Flickr, so check 'em out! Here is the defining moment of the evening captured (by the lovely Kayla Seybert) on film. It's Kathryn (of Blindsider) and Ben Hardt singing "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid: BIG BIG BIG Thanks to musical director Jeff Baron for getting the band together and coming up with the idea Thank you to the members of Silver & Gold Jeff Baron (The Essex Green) Josh Verbanets (Meeting of Important People/Lohio) Carrie Battle (Harlan Twins) Hallie Pritts (Boca Chica) Ben Hardt (Ben Hardt and His Symphony) Casey Hanner (Donora) James Hart (Harlan Twins) Scotts Roger (Scotts Roger) Sarah Siplak (Scotts Roger) Aaron Bubenheim (Br'er Fox/Meeting of Important People) Dave Bubenheim (Br'er Fox) Kathryn Heidemann (Blindsider) Craig Smith (Blindsider/Lohio/The Victors!) Paul Zyla (Harlan Twins) Greg Dutton (Lohio) Megan Lindsey (Good Night, States) Elizabeth Adams (Lohio) Jake Hanner (Donora) Happy Holidays!! xoxox Cindy
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December 11, 2008 by kyle@wyep.org
Congratulations to our Morning Mix Host Cindy Howes for making the Pittsburgh City Paper's Best of List 2008 in the category of Best Morning Radio Show ! The readers of City Paper voted Cindy on the list out of some 25 Pittsburgh morning shows. Best morning radio show 1st Jim & Randy -- WDVE 2nd Mikey & Big Bob -- The Freak Show, Kiss FM 3rd Cindy Howes -- WYEP Check out all the interesting Best of 2008 lists at www.pghcitypaper.com
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December 11, 2008 by kyle@wyep.org
Guitarist Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay for allegedly plagiarizing the chord progression and melody of his 2004 instrumental “If I Could Fly” for their recent hit “Viva La Vida”. Satriani is seeking to receive all royalties generated by the Coldplay song. Satriani vs Coldplay What do you think?
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December 8, 2008 by barbmstein@aol.com

On a cold December Saturday night we went inside The Rex Theater for the double concert bill of Glen Phillips and Jonatha Brooke.

Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) accompanied by Jonathan Kingham (vocals/guitar) did a 55-minute, 15-song set.  Jonatha Brooke came on stage to play the piano and sing two songs with Glen.  Jonathan took a turn in the spotlight on “She’s So California”.  Glen did a couple of songs from his latest project, Works Progress Administration (WPA), “Rise Up” and his final song of the evening “I Don’t Need Anything I Don’t Have”.  From his EP “Secrets of the New Explorer” Glen did a kid’s song about radiation sickness “Solar Flare”, that Jonatha joined him on.  Some songs can stand the test of time and be stripped down.  That was the case of Toad’s “All I Want”, it was an acoustic gem.

We learned a few things about Jonatha Brooke during her 14-song, 1-hour and 20-minute set.  Jonatha will probably never record a Christmas album, she can do an impersonation of a small dog, she’s more comfortable playing the guitar then the piano, for financial reasons she did not bring a band with her, adding that sometimes she likes to go out on tour alone and that she loves her latest release “The Works”.

Jonatha sang at least four songs from “The Works”.  Most of the lyrics on the album were written by Woodie Guthrie.  Jonatha told us the history of how she went to the Woodie Guthrie Archives and came out with the idea to do this album.  “My Flowers Grow Green” was an especially beautiful tune, with Jonatha singing quietly at the piano.  Returning the favor, Glen came back on stage to sing “Sweetest Angel” with Jonatha.

Each of Jonatha’s songs seem to have a story behind them, like title track from “Ten Cent Wings” and a song that was featured in MTV’s “The Hills”.

This was the final show together for Glen and Jonatha until the spring.

http://www.glenphillips.com/

http://www.jonathabrooke.com/

http://www.jonathankingham.com/

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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December 4, 2008 by kyle@wyep.org
The 51st annual Grammy nominations are out.  Some pretty interesting names from some WYEP artists that have been nominated in a variety of categories. Radiohead has 7 category nominations. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss have 5.  The band everyone loves to hate lately, Coldplay has been nominated in several categories as well. My early prediction is that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss win best album award for 'Raising Sand'. Check out the entire, exhausting list at www.grammy.com
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December 4, 2008 by barbmstein@aol.com
Barb's Favorite Albums of 2008

#1: Honeydew / Shawn Mullins / Vanguard Records / 3/11/08

I was very familiar with the songs on this album before I even heard it. For the past couple of years, Shawn Mullins has been on the road introducing us to its characters in “The Ballad of Kathryn Johnston” andCabbagetown”. “All in My Head” was the catchy first release, from “Scrubs”. I absolutely love the seamless transition of “Homeless Joe” into “Leaving All Your Troubles Behind”. “See That Train”, “For America”; actually all the tracks prove that Mullins is one of the great American storytellers. This is probably his best effort to date.

#2: Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles / John Mayer / Sony / 7/1/08

A live 2-CD set that showcases John Mayer in three different genres, in one night, on one stage. Acoustic, jazz/blues (John Mayer Trio) and rocking with his band. I like Mayer's cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’”. Mayer continues to grow as a musician, singer-songwriter and performer.

#3: Detours / Sheryl Crow / A&M / 2/5/08

I fell in love with Sheryl Crow’s music when I heard “All I Wanna Do”. This album takes me back 15 years to the “Tuesday Night Music Club” sound. From “Out of Our Heads” to “Shine Over Babylon” to “Gasoline”, you’re hooked. “Detours” made the list of WYEP’s Top 50 Albums of 2008.

#4: Last Days at the Lodge / Amos Lee / Blue Note Records / 6/24/08

Amos Lee is an artist I discovered this year at WYEP. Hearing the track “Listen” made me want to listen to more. Lee's 3rd effort was produced by Don Was. All 11 tracks are easy to listen to.

#5: Skin Deep / Buddy Guy / Zomba / 7/22/08

One of WYEP’s Top 50 albums of 2008. The title track “Skin Deep” features Derek Trucks. A 72-year old blues and rock guitar legend teaming up with a 29-year old “new guitar god”. Also featured: The Memphis Horns, Willie Mitchell, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph and Quinn Sullivan. Great guests. Great blues.

Barb's Favorite Concerts of 2008

#1: Marc Cohn / Mr. Smalls Theater / 1/26/08

What can I say, this is only the second time I’ve seen Marc Cohn perform live in Pittsburgh in 17 years. It was a great way to start off the year, and it remains my 2008 highlight concert. Cohn’s four studio albums are like greatest hits collections. It’s always very special to see an artist who does not get out on the road that often. What a great show!

#2: Shawn Mullins / Club Cafe / 4/1/08 (solo) and 9/15/08 (opening for Dar Williams)

Having the chance to see one of my favorite singer-songwriters in an acoustic show twice this year, at such an intimate venue, was quite a treat. Mullins knows how to weave stories in his songs. I’ve been a fan since “Lullaby”.

#3: The Swell Season / The Byham Theater / 9/21/08

A great big thank you to WYEP for introducing me to Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova and The Frames! Hansard shows so much emotion and just draws you in. This was such a wonderful discovery for me.

#4: Edwin McCain / The Palace Theater, Greensburg / 8/6/08

Edwin McCain is at his best in an acoustic setting. A great storyteller with an even greater sense of humor who knows how to relate to his audience.

#5: John Mayer / Post-Gazette Pavilion / 8/13/08

It’s been a pleasure watching John Mayer mature as a performer. There aren’t too many acts I will drive out to Burgettstown for, Mayer is on the short list.

My insatiable appetite for singer-songwriters was once again more than satisfied in 2008. I look forward to what 2009 will bring in music and concerts.

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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November 29, 2008 by barbmstein@aol.com
James Blunt, Air Canada Centre, 11/27/2008 Sometimes when you go out to eat, you order an appetizer instead of entrée. It's similar to going to a concert where you're more interested in seeing the opening act instead of the headliner. This is how I felt in August, when I went to see Sheryl Crow in Philadelphia. I mainly went to see one of her opening acts, the appetizer. I really wanted an entrée. I had the opportunity to have the main course on Thanksgiving night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre.

This evening's appetizer was Canadian act Luke Doucet and The White Falcon (http://www.lukedoucet.com/) I was sitting in the front row among Canadians who were not familiar with Luke Doucet. It was a late arriving crowd, apparently they wanted to skip the appetizer. It's a shame, they missed the chance to hear one of their own. Luke Doucet and The White Falcon came on stage promptly at 8 pm and did an 8-song, 45-minute set. The White Falcon was comprised of Melissa McClelland on vocals/guitar, along with a drummer and bassist.

Luke did a couple of songs from his 2005 solo release "Broken (and other rouge states)", "Broken One" and "Vladivostok". A song for all the people who go to concerts alone "Cleveland", ending with "First Day", both from his latest release "Blood's Too Rich". Luke has a haunting, heavy guitar sound, reminiscent of Chris Isaak. Reading from his arm, Luke let us know he would be back in Toronto in February and out in the concourse of the arena signing CD's during the intermission. I hope the black ink washed off.

At 9:15 pm the entrée was served. The lights dimmed, the 4-piece band went to their places and James Blunt made his entrance. The 34-year old British singer-songwriter has an amazing amount of energy. The experience of touring across the globe seems to have given James the confidence to use the whole stage, even the whole arena during his show. He has a menu of about 2-dozen plus songs (mostly found on 2-studio albums "Back to Bedlam" and "All The Lost Souls"), yet he was able to mix in some unfamiliar songs with his most well known tunes. The performance had good pacing with fan favorites and new songs interspersed. Most of the changes between numbers went smoothly, with little down time, helping to keep the momentum moving forward. James alternated between the guitar and piano.

The show began with a set of some of his slow, and often thought of as, depressing songs. He decided to change the mood, by singing a song about drugs "Give Me Some Love". I confess, I love to sing along with that one when I'm alone in the car. And sing along we all did, mostly without added encouragement. Although when James debut a new song called "Love, Love, Love" he said if he forgot the words, then well we couldn't help him. He mentioned being stationed in Alberta before singing the somber "No Bravery" at the piano.

Images were projected behind the tiered stage; the lighting and lasers were creative. During "Shine On", James was bathed effectively in green lasers. From the stage he began "Coz I Luv You" (a cover of the Slade song from the 70s) and he finished it in the middle of the arena floor. Jumping off the stage, over the temporary wall, walking on seats to get to a piano that seemed to rise from the floor. At this point the crowd stood up and stayed on their feet for the remainder of the show. Green lasers projected "M-M-M" onto the upper levels of the arena seats during "I'll Take Everything".

"You're Beautiful" was not saved to the very end. I've been to a few concerts this year where the performer's biggest hit, wasn't necessarily used as the last song or part of the encore. I like this trend of giving the audience what they came to hear and then continuing to build from there. James ended with "Same Mistake", the video for which was filmed in Toronto. The 1-hour and 25-minute set was followed by a 20-minute 3-song encore. "One of the Brightest Stars" was sung in the dark with the twinkling of stars on the stage. The final song was "1973", transporting us all back to a discothèque. Silver and later red, white and blue streamers filled the air, while a disco ball rotated above, giving quite an amazing visual image. At the end of the song, James climbed on his upright piano, which didn't seem too steady under his feet. When he came back on stage, he used his own camera to get a photo of his audience; seeming to be genuinely grateful for the applause and support shown throughout the evening.

Out of curiosity, I've been reading the newspaper reviews on line of the Canadian shows as James has made his way across the provinces. Generally the reviews have been favorable, but they've noted that maybe a hockey arena is too large of a venue; that his show would be more suited to a smaller place. I think a respectable number of seats were filled in the ACC. After James played a few songs on a piano in the middle of the arena floor, he convinced me that he could make an arena feel intimate as he brought the entire audience into his performance. Also, those of us in the front row, one by one, got up to lean along the temporary wall that separated us from the stage, just to get a better view. Reflecting on it later, it reminded me of the photos I've seen of The Beatles fans reaching out across the fences trying to get closer. I'm not suggesting that James' career will parallel that of The Beatles or an Elton John, but I think his slice of the musical pie will only keep growing. I've heard that it's hard to really classify his music. Maybe this is part of the reason his popularity in the USA doesn't mirror that of other countries.

During this time of giving thanks, I'm thankful for the music of James Blunt.

www.jamesblunt.com

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Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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