KCRW DJ Raul Campos and I were comparing goosebumps during Glen Hansard’s performance of “Bird of Sorrow” this morning. Red-faced and with his beat up guitar (“the horse”) strapped around his neck, directing his band into a crescendo just past the 3-minute mark with his eyes, he reminded us why he’s one of the most powerful singer-songwriters in music today.
When he says “love is gonna find you again” you’d have to be made of ice not to believe it.
He is so clearly committed to every single song, giving all of himself in each performance, which is really all you could ever ask of a performer.
He kicked off the set with the excellent first single from his first solo record, “Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting” — adding a bit of Aretha’s “Respect” at the end – then closed it with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” and a happy birthday shout out to Paul McCartney.
One of the best Morning Becomes Eclectic performances so far this year. Check it out here.
Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting
Talking With the Wolves
Maybe Not Tonight
The Storm, It’s Coming
Bird of Sorrow
Drive All Night (Bruce Springsteen cover)