Sometimes what your body’n soul cries out for is just to be in the presence of great live music. Music you think if only you had the talent; their songs are exactly the ones you’d have written!
So, in the last few weeks I went to see a new love and an old love. My new love I discovered last year at Glastonbury. My friends’ son had whisked me down TO THE FRONT AND THERE HE WAS…..I could almost touch him. Paolo Nutini. Swoon! I just can’t believe such a young man can have experienced life so deeply. His songs are so timeless and universal. And lo! He’d actually written one just for me – “Jenny, don’t be so hasty” – and I swear he looked at me the whole time he sang the song! I was hooked. So a few weeks ago my friends Sarah and Phil got tickets and we met up at the Albert Hall. (That’s me sitting with my friend and her daughter). I was too far away from my love but his voice was clear and pure and I swear he could still see me (mind you, he does bend down a lot!).
THEN I caught sight of a flyer in my office advertising in Bristol my old love, who I could ‘drink a case of’ anytime: Joan Armatrading. What a woman. The mainstay of my young life. I had an epiphany – I always thought of her as an icon, the voice of experience – now I realise she must only have been the same age as Paolo – she’s actually younger than me! What a shock! What’s more, whilst she did sing our favourites (e.g. Love and Affection…..) SHE HAS MOVED ON. She has got even more dynamic, she’s a powerhouse of blues and rock – and an amazing guitarist. She’s an example to all of us in that she LOVES what she does, she’s passionate, she’s brave. I LOVE HER. Also her latest album ‘This Charming Life’. And let’s face it, the life we have is charmed……..and charming.