Elton John performed last week at the TD Garden here in Boston. The nearly three hours of great classics and new songs too was one of the best music experiences I had in a long time.
My expectations were high for an Elton John performance. But Elton surprised me. First, his band played like no tomorrow and the back up singers (including Tata Vega) Sang out from the heart and contributed to Elton John's performance by surrounding the TD Garden with voice and song without competing with the star of the show.
The light show was fantastic and always interesting.
What surprised me the most was what Elton John did with the piano. Each Classic Elton John song was revitalized with slick, jazzed up piano performances that changed the face of each song.
You know that song, "That's Why they Call it the Blues"? It's a catchy little adult contemporary number we have all heard somewhere before. But when Sir Elton performs it live ... Well... now its a Gospel song ... with piano playing that will make you believe in music all over again!
Not all of Elton John's music is designed to fill a dance floor. Although I'm happy to learn in recent interviews that he personally prefers Electronic Dance Music. Yeah! Me too Elton. That said, all of us who are fans of Elton John know he writes beautiful songs of love. Remember, "Our Song"?
Therefore, the live performance genius knew that thousands of people may not stay awake for three hours of slow songs. Instead he mixed it up. and while introducing a new song honoring the troops, he realized he may have performed a few too many slow songs in a row. So, he asked for a little patients from the audience and said, "I know these songs are a bit slow but please stay with me here .. only two more .." The audience of multi generations politely laughed a long with his request and collectively settled back to enjoy some beautiful music.
Captain fantastic took the audience up and down the yellow brick road and beyond. It's amazing how a living legend can still perform beyond expectations.
Imagine this; You interview singers, write blogs about live music in Boston and still hip enough to check out world class DJs who spin at Boston area clubs. Yeah, that's me. Add to the image that I am wearing my signature top hat and my hot, beautiful lady is on my arm.
So then; What do you think I'm doing on a Friday Night? Partying with Pete Tong (one of the worlds greatest Club DJ / Producer / Dance Music Radio announcers) spinning at a club in Boston? No, not me. Last Friday Night I was in a church basement having dinner. And if you could just stop laughing for just a minute ... You are gonna wish you were there too.
Dinner and the opportunity to network with fellow worshipers in a cool relaxed fashion was topped off with live music from a trio of great ladies known as Rhythm and Pearls. Not knowing what to expect .. I mean .... its Church. But I gotta tell ya' They blew me away!
Rhythm and Pearls is made up of musical sugar, spice and everything nice who's members include Allison, Barbara and Sara. with a pianist, Neil to company the vocals. If you are thinking, "Wilson Phillips" Think again and give them a listen. You will hear great harmony, strong voices and the unique ability to bring a soulful sound to each and every word in each and every song they perform. To see Rhythm and soul is to be treated to dance moves reflective of the decade the song is from. Rhythm and Pearls is a group that solutes the girl groups. They could have done that with a focus on ..lets say .. Motown. But they perform songs from several eras including some pop from today.
This group had me up on the dance floor with several others in the mood to party with some good wine in the mix. Yeah that's where you could find me Friday Night. Good Food, a Good Bar and even greater Music from the group Rhythm and Pearls in the basement at Trinity Church. Whatever you did on Friday ... I'll bet you wish you were me.
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