I was lucky to get free tickets to a jazz festival in Western Finland, the famous and traditional Pori Jazz. I’m not sure if it’s still a jazz festival or more like a large music festival with some jazzy flavour, but all the same, I like the atmosphere.
The tickets I received were for Saturday. The programme covered famous artists like Elton John and a wonderful female trio of Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright. They are touring together as Sing the Truth!
The original concept of Sing the Truth production was a festival in New York, performing the music of Nina Simone. In 2008 and 2009 the production started touring all over the world, and I can understand why. They have sold out concert halls everywhere. For us and about 20 000 other people, they sang outside in Kirjurinluoto Arena, bathing in beautiful sunlight.
To put it simply: to hear anyone perform All that you have is your soul live is worth a hundred bad mornings. But to hear Dianne Reeves do it, it’s worth a thousand. I was blown away.
Elton John was ok, too. Funny, seemed to enjoy himself and made the audience enjoy themselves. He performed Tiny Dancer, Philadelphia Freedom and Bennie and the Jets, which were enough for me. It is impressive: some of his band members have been playing with him since the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. There must be some of that friendship glue there, too.
I do enjoy pretty much any concert, but not all of them touch me the way the ladies’ performance did. As they describe it themselves:
Sing the Truth means keeping it real…honest, from the heart, passionate and soulful.
Yeah, baby. I hear you. Could I possibly skip Monday morning at work and follow you to your next concert in Norway?
♣ In the meantime: Must find more inspiring concerts for the summer. And the dark evenings of the autumn. And perhaps the long winter nights.
♥ Song of the day: Tracy Chapman, All that you have is your soul