Things That Keep Me Calm

Glen Hansard can do no wrong in my eyes. A long-time Frames fan, ONCE and its subsequential U.S. tours only strengthened my love for the man. As one of the more avid music fans in my circle of friends, I often get probed in High Fidelity fashion, and I’m strongly convinced that my Swell Season concert experience at Meymandi Concert Hall with Mr. Neptune will forever remain in my “Top 5 All-Time Shows” list. I don’t know how Glen operates with such apparent ease, but every one of his performances feels intensely beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Glen and ONCE partner Marketa Irglova have a follow-up titled Strict Joy out on October 27th and the pair stopped by NPR’s D.C. headquarters to play for the “Tiny Desk Concert” series:

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For contextual purposes, the “Tiny Desk Concert” series invites musicians to play behind All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s small office desk. In preparation, NPR was to have a keyboard set up for Marketa to play next to Hansard’s antiquated acoustic guitar, but they quickly discovered the severity of their spacing issues. Thus, the duo’s performance essentially became Hansard and his guitar, with Irglova providing backup harmonies and the occasional improvised instrument. As seen above, this eleventh hour change only increased the concert’s overall sweetness level.

Furthermore, although the standard Tiny Desk set lasts three or four songs, Glen and Marketa played six new delights before performing the first-ever series encore with ONCE‘s “When Your Mind’s Made Up.” As expected, the new material sounded tasty, and I’m anxious to hear what each track will sound like with full instrumentation. Fortunately, the lovely studio version of “In These Arms” is already available:

You can also download the whole seven song live podcast on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts page. October 27th and another U.S. tour can’t come soon enough…

One Response to “Things That Keep Me Calm”

  1. Mommie Says:

    Thanks for sharing the, “tasting sounding” music from Once…

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