Well, it's a question of reiterating Rachel and Dick's posts at this point, but I really enjoyed the Tuesday show. The music is very spare and economical, and powerful because of that. There's a leanness to it that matches Adam's energy perfectly: intense, quietly powerful, it's as though he exudes a kind of force field when he performs. The irony and humor in his talk, combined with the romanticism of his music, leave one with a powerful after-imprint in sound and visuals. The other musicians were wonderful, and the connection between the three of them was palpable: it's a great thing to feel that as an audience member you're being let in on this special relationship and collaboration. The intimate nature of the venue really helped this feeling. And it was really intimate: we were so close to the stage that the guitar tech had to squeeze past our table to hand Adam his guitars.
Adam talks about this album being connected to the musical tradition he grew up in, and one can hear Leonard's influence running underneath, but the lyrics and music are not imitative in any way. The nods to Leonard are beautifully done, and in concert, Adam acknowledged his father with humor and wonderful respect. They did a lovely rendition of So Long Marianne, complete with audience participation, with a gorgeous cello solo in the middle.
The music begins to inhabit your head very quickly. I don't choose to listen to almost anything except Leonard's music, but I've found myself playing the album repeatedly in the last few days. I would have loved to have gone to the Thursday show as well.
If anyone can get to the LA shows, go!!
And, of course, it was lovely to see Dick and Linda, and to get to meet Rachel and Bob.