Friday, March 27, 2009
I finally found my birthday voucher for JB HiFi (music, dvd, electronic kinda store here in Australia) and bought myself The Phantom of the Opera (original cast recording), Solace by Xavier Rudd and So Real - Songs from Jeff Buckley.
All pure bliss.
If you haven't already heard of him, Xavier Rudd is a legendary Australian singer. No wait, he's more than that. He sings, he writes songs, he's a multi-instrumentalist (one of which is the didgeridoo!). And most importantly, he's an activist, an environmentalist.
If you can get your hand on tickets to one of his live shows, it will be worth every penny. He is an incredible live artist. What's even more endearing about him is how his songs incorporate his environmental consciousness, his sense of social justice and his general awarenes. There is nothing more satisfying than watching him perform a song about the rights of the Aboriginal peoples whilst everyone at the venue (regardless of skin colour, race, age or creed) dances away in a blissful harmony. It helps too, that his songs are so fantastic. And that his voice is a husky, harmonious instrument.
The most effective way to unite a diverse crowd; diversity in social, economic, environmental views. All united in the name of beautiful, soul wrenching music.
Watch this live video from one of his concerts and see what I mean. I love how captivating, all-encompassing, and surreal the experience is. And it is an experience. I will never forget my first Xavier Rudd concert. Bless.
It's pure love in the crowd, a collective sing-along, with everyone jumping up and down. Viewed and participated in, first hand.
Also, Didgeridoo Jamming by Xavier at Highland Ballroom (saw the same at a Southbound Festival....wow.):
Bear in mind that the didgeridoo is probably one of the hardest instruments to play, in the world....
Ahh, I really want to go to a concert/show, but for now Solace will have to suffice.
(I picked Solace (2004) as it is one of my favourite albums from Xavier Rudd.
Check http://www.youtube.com/ for more from Xavier)