Last night Lara and I went to go see Shawn Colvin at the Chautaugua Auditorium in Boulder. This beautiful, amazingly acoustic venue is nestled in amid the Flatirons - it's quite a splendor.
Billy left for IMLP the day before so Lara had a spare ticket and offered it to me. This ended up being a treat I was not expecting to enjoy so much.
I have never NOT been a fan of Shawn's (I know, a double negative was inserted, just go with it) but I wouldn't say I craved her music either. I must say, after seeing her live, I am now a HUGE HUGE fan. She was fantastic. Not just her hauntingly talented voice but frankly how well she connects with her audience (which always sells me on someone whether its a large group or one-on-one). Shawn was hilarious and handled the "live" moments (to include strumming the wrong chords, forgetting the occasional line, bantering with the crowd, whatever) in self depricating humor that livened the entire audience.
She set the tone, literally and figuratively, with her opening song, 'Fill me up'. As she strummed her final chord of the guitar and the audience erupted into applause, she smiled and said, "You know, I need to clear something up. That's not 'FEEL me up', it's fill me up. Some friends thought that was sometimes misunderstood." Everyone laughed... and she added, "Although, hell, feel me up would be a lot better!"
She would improv songs, break into a James Taylor favorite unexpectedly, interact with the audience and was a true performer. (!)
Hats off to you, Ms Colvin. I have the attention span of a gnat, and you held me captive the whole time. Impressive, indeed.
If you've never seen her live, I encourage you to do so. You won't be disappointed.
I would see her again in a heartbeat...
I tried to find a good YouTube of her doing something live... I could find nothing that did her justice... but this one is nice... something of it reminded me of last night...