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Last night I attended a Bruce Cockburn concert at the National Cathedral. It was a part of their new series called “Rock the Church.” Cockburn’s concert was called “Acoustic for Our Earth,” and many of the songs reflected a more environmental bent. Most of his selections fell toward more recent albums. Gathering from the age of the audience and the song titles which they screamed out some wanted older material. At one point Cockburn revealed that he didn’t even remember how to play some of those old songs.
My biggest criticism of the show was the acoustics. While the cavernous nature of the Cathedral lends itself wonderfully to choral work, a solo artist with a guitar tends to get lost in the apse and high ceilings. In a more intimate space an acoustic guitar and soloist give a sense of connection with the artist that works well with deeply emotional material. Yet, sometimes this space made the distance seem much greater. This distance did however work to great effect on sustained high notes, in amplifying a single instrument and on the less complicated folk songs. On those occassions the music seemed to soar and envelope the listener.
Obviously in that sort of space the acoustics is something that the organizers can do nothing about. Bruce Cockburn as an artist was amazing. Listening to his albums I forget that he is a very accomplished musician. The arrangments of his songs are meticulous and of course his songwriting is what put me in the seat. “Mystery” was the final song of his set and it was sublime. If you haven’t heard this song you should do your soul a favor and download it from iTunes. I haven’t stopped singing it since the concert. “Don’t tell me there is no mystery, its everywhere I turn.” There I go again! On the whole it was an extremely satisfying adventure in concert going.
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