Todays Daily Prompt ask when we last cried tears of Joy?
I actually didn’t have to think too hard about this one as I remember it clearly and it wasn’t very long ago. On November 1st 2014 I had the pleasure of seeing the wonderful Adam Duritz and Counting Crows live in Birmingham, England. I have been a huge fan of the band for years but had never had the chance to see them live before. My wife, son and I went to this show and we all had a great time. If you didn’t see my review of the gig you can check it out here.
I feel an affinity with Adam Duritz as he is a fellow suffer of the dreaded black dog of depression and he puts a huge amount of himself into both his songwriting and his performance on stage. Make no mistake Duritz can hold you totally spellbound. So it was in Birmingham, he was amazing. As Adam sang it was clear he was in a very good place which was great to see as he had been on the road for the whole summer. He was happy and his delivery was so very moving as he went through a fantastic set of the bands classic songs and tunes from the new album ‘Somewhere under Wonderland’. I was already feeling quite emotional when Adam started to Sing ‘Washington Square’ from the much underrated album ‘Saturday Night & Sunday Morning’.
As Adam sang the opening lines:
I sold my piano, it couldn’t come with me
I locked up my bedroom and I walked out into the air
Nothing I needed is left there behind me
I walk out through the shadows of Washington Square
Well I thought my heart was going to burst, it is such a beautiful song and he delivers it with such feeling, such imagery that the tears just ran down my face. It was the musical moment of my year and will live long in the memory.
Thanks Adam Duritz. Stay well and keep spreading the love.
The Photographs here are from the bands Show in London the following week.