On a Friday night, I sat in a swivel chair propped up against the back wall of Dixon Place, a homey and intimate bar. I had come to see the band called Painted Betty, and I did not know much about them, except for the fact that they weren’t defined by one genre of music, as the word eclectic had often been used to describe their sound.
A couple of people sat at the table in front of me, and I asked them if they had ever heard anything by Painted Betty. To my surprise, they told me that they were Painted Betty. [click to continue….]
Andrew Bird is a composer and an extremely talented musician who has been around for several years. He is just beginning to gain some more mainstream recognition, with a new album out and also a guest appearance on the soundtrack for The Muppets. Mr. Bird does it all. He can whistle, play guitar, play violin.
His live performance of “Tenuousness” is an astonishing example of his genius creativity and skill. The song begins with crisp staccato plucks of Bird’s violin strings, which seem to multiply and harmonize out of nowhere. However, what appears to be musical sorcery is simply just the work of a clever magic trick: a looping pedal. Andrew Bird somehow manages to time every tap of his pedal perfectly, each note intertwining and building off of the last.
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