. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – My Brightest Diamond – Live at Soirée de Poche, Paris – February 7, 2015 – La Blogothèque.
I can’t think of a better way to end a week, or start a new one, than listening to a concert by My Brightest Diamond. A side project of the astonishingly gifted Shara Worden, MBD takes magic and music into whole new realms. The sheer power and versatility of her voice is enough to rivet attention. But coupled with her backup band and the soundscapes she creates makes for an overwhelming experience – in the best of all possible ways.
That she did all this in the context of a house concert; up close and personal with a living room full of strangers, who were just as astonished and blown away as the viewers and listeners thousands of miles away no doubt were, is ample proof My Brightest Diamond is no passing fancy and Shara Worden is one of the great gifts currently walking the earth. By the way, Soirée de Poche is a regular feature of La Blogothèque, the French collective and website who have taken live concerts straight into the future. A few weeks ago I ran a Father John Misty concert from just such a living room, and before that Jacco Gardner. Not only are the acts superlative, but La Blogothèque does a fantastic job.
Although I suspect this concert is a bit longer than the 37 minutes that was presented, it’s such an engaging and enjoyable concert that it insists on being repeated over and over.
There are times I have been pessimistic over the state of Music – times when the drone of Mainstream seems to blot out true genius and relegate everything to a cynical yawn.
And then I listen to a project like My Brightest Diamond and I know everything is fine – everything is wonderful – life is good, life is insane with possiblities.
Turn it up and close your eyes.