Adam Duritz

Happy Happy Joy Joy – Daily Prompt

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’.

Adam Duritz

Adam Duritz – Counting Crows

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.

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

One thought on “Happy Happy Joy Joy – Daily Prompt

  1. Priceless Joy

    Ahh, that is so wonderful that his music touched you so deeply. That black dog follows many of us. I wish you and your family a wonderful and bright New Year along with the best of everything wonderful. 🙂

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