This week has been … emotional and yes I understand how absolutely mundane that sounds from someone who is constantly crying but this week has been ruthless in its attempt to destroy my being.
If music gives me happy feelings, then concerts are my happy place and this past Wednesday I lived my happiest life. I have been holding on to tickets for the Lewis Capaldi concert at The Troubadour since the moment they went on sale, my friend and I have been looking forward to the show for months so imagine my elation when the day finally came.
First of all, I’d like to say that I will never understand people who actively skip the opening act of the show. Though sometimes they can disappoint, more often than not I find myself head over heels in love with the opening act and this past Wednesday was no exception.
Ashe stole every little piece of my heart and I am so much better for it.
She had me from the moment she stepped on stage and announced the terrible day she had just had. She declared that the show would serve as a therapy session for her and honestly, it was the kind of therapy I personally absolutely needed. Her lyrics are unapologetically honest and her vocals deserve every bit of recognition, add her infectious personality and Ashe makes a phenomenal performer. I got to the show not knowing who the opener was and I left with her name stuck in my mind and a mission to look up her music as soon as I got home.
My favorite thing about discovering new artists is finding them when they’re just kicking off their journey into the music industry and suddenly I am so glad that I got here just in time for Ashe’s ride. At the end of her set, maybe it was her long and stressful day or maybe it was the overwhelming reality that her dreams were coming true but her emotions overpowered her vocals and she started crying. I’ve never wanted to hug someone more in my life … but I feared that security may have had a problem with that.
The thing is 45 minutes with Ashe on that stage and I was certain that this, performing her music, was what she was placed on this crazy-fucked-up world to do.
So this therapy-session-inspired concert was off to an emotional start but by the time Lewis Capaldi got on that stage I had regained my composure and I was ready to be blown away by his vocals.
And boy, was I blown away!
I have the way I aimlessly click through Youtube videos at 3am in the morning to thank for my discovery of Lewis Capaldi.
If I could get the small criticisms out of the way: at times it felt like the music was overpowering his vocals, while other times it sounded like his microphone was too loud and the vocals pierced through The Troubadour as opposed to beautifully making sound waves through the venue. I noticed these (super small) issues at the beginning of the show and by the fourth song I was captivated by the man standing before me.
I was a bit nervous that with only five released songs, his show would be too short or that it would turn into a series of cover songs that I had heard 500 times but I was pleasantly surprised by the use of his time. Though he did throw one cover into the mix, his interpretation of “Issues” by Julia Michaels deserves to be heard by everyone.
He kicked off the show with “Fade” which so happens to be my favorite song, so he had me within the first note. He kept it going with “Lost On You” and before we knew it, we were listening to new songs that I find myself yearning for now. “Maybe” and “Headspace” were standouts and look, I’m not saying that I cried but …
The magic that is Lewis Capaldi shines through in his passion behind the lyrics, a beautiful vocal note is just that, but add on the emotion behind it and music becomes absolutely powerful. With the funny, and sometimes dirty, jokes in between songs and the excitement in his face over the fact that he gets to do this for a living and Lewis Capaldi is an artist that you can’t help but root for. He just came out of being Sam Smith’s opening act and Los Angeles was the first stop on his headlining North American Tour, so it is abundantly clear that the road ahead looks immensely successful.
Now if he could just give us a full album, then I would have zero things to complain about.
So this week was emotional in every terrible way possible but it was also magical and full of music that exists in order to heal all the broken pieces. I may not know a lot of thing but I do know that Ashe and Lewis Capaldi turned my week completely around and suddenly I can’t remember why I was so upset in the first place (jk work is stressful, my father is infuriating and men continue to disappoint but lets wrap this up on a positive note).
Listen to Lewis’s new single “Tough”