vrijdag 4 november 2016
Shane Alexander live. Patronaat café, Wednesday 2 November 2016
Touring behind his new record 'Bliss', that was reviewed on these pages in a very favourable way this summer, Alexander had a few surprises up his sleeve. Next to playing several songs from his new album and a few older ones, he went back to the albums that were around his father's house, which all turned to be out his mother's. I'll won't divulge more of the story, because he would like you to hear it for the first time to, just like I did. (There were more stories on origins of songs which tell a lot about where inspirations for songs come from. From talking about a thought with a co-writer to memories of things past.)
Now I always find that playing a cover, certainly a very famous world wide hit song, is a dangerous thing for a lesser known artist, touring with his own originals. The covered song usually overshadows the rest of the show. Being of a level that the aspiring artist may never reach. Hearing these songs from my early youth, the kind of songs that are somehow ingrained in my brain, make all the words come out in one single flow. Not even because I play them every day now, they are just there. In this spot where memories originate. So, yes, I was happily singing along. Except to that one cover by Tim Krekel. Yes, I could sing parts of it, but never realised that 'Angel's Share' was a cover. It took me a while to realise that I had heard the name Tim Krekel once before: at a Shane Alexander show and then forgot. Time to dig into some new music.
Being an artist is hard work. A touring schedule tells you that. It is also good to notice that there are people helping a touring artist like Shane Alexander. People pick him up to sleep at their house, they drive him around to or after a show. Making it all possible. For the rest there are trains and buses and people along the way to get to the right venue in time.
What is left to tell you about is the music itself, but those of you who follow this blog know my thoughts on Shane Alexander's music. It's just beautiful. Let these words suffice. Go out and listen for yourself. He'll be back in 2017.
(All photo's by) Wo.
You can listen to and buy 'Bliss' and his other five albums here on Bandcamp: