Last year I was completely obsessed with watching House, M.D. the TV series and I always loved the last part of every show. The editors of that series usually picked out the best background music for the show. One song dug its teeth into my brain so deep, that I could not go to sleep without finding out whose voice was so charming. I am sure everyone else heard Colors by Amos Lee long before me, but for me it was the first time and I have been watching out for a live show of this musician ever since. You can’t imagine the excitement when I finally found out, he will be performing in Denver on December 9th 2011 at the Buell Theater.
I got a photo pass from AEG (the promoter) and when I looked in the envelope the photo pass was in, I literally jumped in the air because I had also received a ticket for the show as well, which felt like an early Christmas present!
The auditorium was very busy, many people of all ages found their way to see Lee’s show and that was genuinely pleasing to my heart. I am an eclectic when it comes to music, but if I could pick my three favorite genres, Lee’s soul would get second place (I just can’t beat the Rock’n’Roll passion out of my nature).
Unfortunately due to unexpected traffic in front of the auditorium I did not get to photograph Brett Dennen, who opened Lee’s concert. I did get to annoy a few fans by trying to get to my seat to enjoy at least half of his show. What I saw did not strike me as much as what I heard, in a good way of course. I feel a one man show is more likely to be a greater entertainment experience, so I let myself to forget everything around me and I dove into Dennen’s lyrics and that unique voice of his with no regrets. Every song was followed by a huge applause and then fans would anxiously wait for “what he has to say”. Honestly, I have not laughed at a concert this much since seeing a fellow photographer in the pit tripping over some cables to land gracefully on the floor. Dennen is not only a promising musician, but he should hit the standup comedy stage in the future for sure.
What I enjoyed too was the fact that so many people in the audience knew Dennen’s songs and kept asking for them out loud with no shame when it got quiet in the auditorium for a little bit (me on the other hand, even if I knew them, I’d keep my mouth shut as I have stage fright, who usually hides behind a camera or another person in front of me).
Brett opened another door in my mind and soul, which I am sincerely thankful for. I strongly recommend you check out his tunes and follow him too, because it is worth it and because I will do the same.
Amos Lee walked on the stage with his guitar and six band members.
I could not believe how soothing Lee’s voice is! He started out with the first tune and the superlatives you can find in human being’s feelings came across me, and the others I am sure.
He introduced every song he sang with a story belonging to it. One of them stood up so high, I actually remember all of it. Amos Lee is a “Musician On Call” charity act, that is when a singer comes to a hospital and sings for free to the people, who are most likely in the hospital for the last time. Sad, right? And yet Lee made us laugh with a great story, when he once came to a hospital and was warned about one feisty little old lady, who hated everyone even before she met them, I am sure you get the idea of what kind of person she must have been. Amos, absorbing this unfortunate information, walked through the hospital hallways, he noticed one opened door, where this lady sat by a window with an empty expression. So he decided to sit down on the floor in front of her room and started to play his guitar. What happened afterwards, was surprising. Instead of slamming the door or screaming for help, she smiled, got up and danced. Danced! How amazing that must have felt! Amos called it the slippers dance, and the only thing he could say was – “I can’t be that bad!” It is funny how we all can take our talents for granted. And it is even funnier where we can find a new appreciation for them.
While sitting in my seat, smiling, thinking, clapping, singing, whistling (crying too), all of a sudden I had this idea to write up this show from my point of view. I did not want to say anything in general, like professional writers do. I wanted you to know, that if a tough to please person like me can enjoy a show this much, you can too.
Amos Lee quickly became one of my favorites. And I hope he will touch your hearts with a grace and beauty just like he touched mine.