Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ray of Light


Ray is coming to Calgary- finally! I've been waiting for this to happen for years... ever since I picked up a little album of his based purely on the album art, I've been a fan. Since Laura played his songs non-stop for years... I've been a fan.

I'm ready for Ray Lamontagne to come to Calgary.

This has been an expensive year for concerts (thank goodness I'm a little disappointed in the line up for Folk Fest because I don't know if I'm going to be able to do that as well. We'll see... things are different this year. Things are good) but that's okay. I've seen and will be seeing some acts I've been waiting forever to see.

Ray is one of the few new artists on my bucket lists of artists I need to see before either of us die. Thankfully he's playing at the Jack Singer which is a sweet little concert hall downtown. Intimate. Good acoustics- perfect for Ray's sweet, melodious voice.

Presale starts May 5th (??) for Calgary- not sure what the code is yet. I heard somewhere that it might be SLOWDOWN.


(now we just need to get Joni Mitchel feeling better and on tour one last time)

Empty by Ray Lamontagne

She lifts her skirt up to her knees
Walks through the garden rows with her bare feet, laughing
And I never learned to count my blessings
I choose instead to dwell in my disasters

Walk on down the hill
Through grass grown tall and brown
And still it's hard somehow to let go of my pain
On past the busted back
of that old and rusted Cadillac
That sinks into this field collecting rain

Will I always feel this way ‒
So empty, so estranged?

And of these cut-throat busted sunsets,
these cold and damp white mornings
I have grown weary
If through my cracked and dusted dime-store lips
I spoke these words out loud would no one hear me?
Lay your blouse across the chair,
Let fall the flowers from your hair
And kiss me with that country mouth so plain.
Outside the rain is tapping on the leaves
To me it sounds like they're applauding us,
The quiet love we've made.

Will I always feel this way
So empty, so estranged?

Well, I looked my demons in the eyes
laid bare my chest, said "Do your best, destroy me.
You see, I've been to hell and back so many times,
I must admit you kind of bore me."
There's a lot of things that can kill a man
There's a lot of ways to die
Yes, and some already dead that walk beside me
There's a lot of things I don't understand
Why so many people lie
Well, it's the hurt I hide that fuels the fires inside me

Will I always feel this way
So empty, so estranged?

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