Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Walking in Memphis

Last night, I went with a friend to hear Marc Cohn at the Boulder Theater. If you're not familiar with Marc Cohn, he's a singer/songwriter most famous for his storytelling song "Walking in Memphis." Marc had the misfortune of being hit in the head by a stray bullet last year in Downtown Denver. Thankfully, he did not sustain any major injuries, but he does have a scar that he said is "pretty cool."

Okay, about the show... Marc started off saying this was his first gig in a long time, and that he may "suck." After playing his first couple songs, he asked the audience for requests and started playing based on that. Pretty cool! All I can say is that Marc did NOT suck, and he moved a packed house with his powerful voice and work on the piano. He played several songs from his new album that will be coming out "soon", that he joked about people downloading for free.

The highlight of the show was when he played Walking in Memphis. During the verse, "Are you a Christian Child...", the house lights went up and Marc signaled the audience to singing with "Ma'am I am tonight!" All I can say is WOW! I've never seen an artist interact so intimately with an audience.

Marc prefaced the song True Companion asking who got married to it, or plans to get married to it. He told a story about how a venue requested that he bring couples on stage who proposed that evening with this song. His response was that doing so would make him a rabbi! "I'm already a cantor," he said!

Marc did talk quite a bit about the shooting last year, and said he has no ill feelings towards the people of Colorado. He said it could have happened anywhere. It was obvious from these comments and his music that he has a strong and friendly connection to Colorado.

Thank you Marc!

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