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A Friday with Dar...

My dear friend H emailed me last week to offer me a free ticket to see Dar Williams. H is generous like that (last time she she did this I was introduced to The Sparrow Quartet, with whom I fell in love). Between my passion for live music and my enjoyment of H's company, there was no way I was going to pass the opportunity by.

I didn't/don't know a lot of Dar's stuff (I know...please don't throw things at me all you devoted fans) but I liked what I knew - and happen to be friends with at least 10 people who worship her.

So shedding a hectic Friday as best we could, H and I made our way to the Park West. It was a nice venue, if you don't mind arctic temperatures and crowded aisles which have the wait staff kicking you in the ankles all night (not their fault...it's too crowded for them to do their job). I much prefer Old Town. Still, it was clean and laid back (a sit down, watch and have a drink sort of place) with decent sound and sight lines.

I was glad to experience Dar's music more thoroughly. For most of the set, she played with a pianist and a hand drummer - and I wasn't blown away by that combination. When she played by herself though, she captured me and I enjoy her innovative quirkiness.

My favorite tune of the night was The Babysitter's Here which was so beautifully performed by Dar. It was more than a song - it was a bit of theatre and storytelling as well, and so endearing one could tear up. I've embedded a clip of it here, and while the visual quality is not great - the sound quality allows you to hear some of the nuances, as well as the grace with which she shares this number.


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Sep. 22nd, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm also very fond of the babysitter's here!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yay, The Babysitter's Here!
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Are you a Dar fan too? Gods - I'm surrounded. :)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Lucky you.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
mmm, good concert. And you could hear it and everything! ;> (thinking of your tres disappointing Plant experience) Dar is one of those I would definitely go to see if she was playing locally. And thank YOU for introducing me to Sparrow Quartet! They're playing locally here in about a month (yay!), but that's the same night C and I have tickets to see Les Mis, ah well.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh - that's a shame, Sparrow Quartet is amazing live and I think you'd enjoy them. I know you'll have a ball with C at Les Mis though. Enjoy!
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