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I love being able to share experiences with my friends around the world that wouldn’t have been able to be shared without all of this wonderful technology. I also love the shift toward a more mature and evolved embrace of sharing those experiences, such as the allowing of recorders and cameras during live performances. This didn’t use to be the case! Photography and recording were explicitly prohibited because there was money to be made by those who had exclusive privileged and equipment for documenting these events. With the maturity of our culture comes the realization that to document and share these does not impact sales, but actually increases them, not only through this widespread, free advertising, but because friends of friends who would have have listened to an artist promoted by a corporation would not give those artists a chance. Besides, the consumer level of recording is nothing compared to professional recordings and we all know that. And so I present to you one of my humble recordings of Patrick Wolf performing LIVE last night at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City’s West Village, Bleeker Street.
Patrick was stripped down to acoustic sets using piano and violin for most songs, and occasionally the ukulele or the dulcimer. Beautiful. His deep, mournful voice so full of rich maturity is in such contrast to his sprite-like, humble, charming, boyishness. I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging and sweet he was with the audience. I was worried he might be another Rufus Wainwright, full of flippant pompousness and an air of presumption that we should be so honored to be in his presence. Patrick was not like that. At All. And the stories he shared behind his songs made me add a new dimension to my experience of listening to him.
Below is an acoustic, live version of BLUEBELLS. The video imagery is so pointless that I’ve superimposed the lyrics so you can follow along. The audio is very good. Below that is the original video/studio recording for the same song. I think you will enjoy both.