I have just returned from something I have not been to before, an album opening. The occasion was the launch of the new Sarah Blasko* album, What the sea wants, the sea will have. As much as I like music, I have not yet got into the habit of enjoying live music. It’s likely that this will change.
Tonight’s concert was something a little different. It was invitation-only concert in a small venue. How did I manage to get a ticket to something like this? It was nothing to do with blogging. I’m on Sarah Blasko’s email list and there was a competition for members of it, and I entered and got lucky. It also turned out by happy accident that I got a front row seat.
Everybody that I know who’s seen Sarah Blasko live has said that she’s an amazing performer. Despite these high expectations, I was not disappointed. Her stage presence was powerful yet also subtle and understated. It’s hard to explain. And then her mesmerizing voice and music! The time went by very quickly. I enjoyed her first album, but I would only have described myself as a lukewarm fan. After the experience of seeing her live, and also because I think the songs on the new album are stronger and more varied, the lukewarm feelings have disappeared.
* One way that Sarah Blasko is known outside of Australian music circles is that her song, Always worth it, was played in the final episode of Six Feet Under – when Claire decided she'd go to New York, despite no longer having a job waiting for her there.
Edit: See the photo gallery of this concert on the triple J website.