We’ve all seen the typical joke regarding the One Man Show, about that wanna-be musician who carries lots of instruments on his back, arms, head, mouth, fingers and any limb available. We’ve seen it in The Simpsons (they have done it all, to begin with), in movies, in Pixar’s One Man Band short film. But have you ever witnessed an artist with so much music inside of him that he needs all those instruments and ways to let it out at the same time and pour it all on-stage for everyone to enjoy? This writer has.
One Friday night at one of the most populated cities in the world with a packed venue, a man came onstage and into the spotlight, just with a violin in hand. With the help of technology, artificial delayed sounds and master skills in coordination, Andrew Bird pulled a string orchestra out of mere four strings.
Along came Hole In The Ocean Floor, and the orchestra turned into a heaven like soundtrack with multiple vocals, beats, strings, howling and celestial mayhem. Suddenly, the bird began to sing and whistle and everything seemed good in the world. Why came afterwards and for three fantasies, a silent audience was astonished and silent. Then, the full band ensemble and A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left began.
Andrew Bird’s A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left
From then on, through another seventeen songs, the world went folk, then country, passing through bluegrass, a little bit of rock, part acoustic, part electric: the audience came and went flying through what seemed a little rhapsodized set of songs from totally different artists. A total eargasm for anyone present.
At last, for the one and only encore of the night, The Handsome Family’s Don’t Be Scared was the swan song of the night. As if Andrew and his band were telling everyone that everything would be ok once the show was over. That the flight was about to end but it could take off again when the chance was given in the near future.
Bird flies way up high, but he’s kind enough to take us all along with him.
Written by Jorge A. López Mendicuti
OurVinyl | Senior Writer & Photographer