When Sara Bareilles announced her 4 city concert tour, she prefaced it by telling everyone that she may be rusty up on that stage. It had been a few years since she had toured non-Waitress music and maybe getting back on stage with new music felt overwhelming. Well, I can now confirm that there was nothing rusty about her performance at the Troubadour last night.
The night felt like a much-needed therapy session and my depression and anxiety definitely appreciated it. Maybe the night felt special because I attended the concert with some of my favorite people, but it feels like Sara should get most of the credit for the magic felt within the venue. There is nothing that prepares you to hear her vocals live; she is flawless in her delivery while she sings every note with passion and dedication. The show served as a preview of the new music in her upcoming album, Amidst the Chaos and I am officially counting down the days until it April 5th.
If anyone attended the show with reservations about the new album, I am certain that they left the venue looking forward to its release. From the songs that she previewed, the album feels rooted in honesty. Every new song, just like all of her other songs, felt lyrically exceptional. The sound felt acoustic in its root, with her vocals taking the lead accompanied by her signature high notes that always hit you in the perfect spot.
Speaking as someone who was deeply affected by the election, I find comfort in the fact that beautiful and healing music came from such an anxiety-inducing situation. With songs inspired by the Obamas (“No Such Thing”), to songs that exist because of the Women’s March (“Armor”) and songs that attempt to hug you through the crisis happening at the border (“Safe Place to Land”). The truth is, Sara Bareilles creates beautiful art out of the most difficult of situations and we are so much better for having listened to it.
With this new album and her performance at the Troubadour, it is evident that Sara has taken her pain along with her frustration and has found her way back to love. Her song “Miss Simone” makes that abundantly clear and hearing it live for the first time felt like a reminder for why we keep going.
I have lived one chaotic life and I am always certain that the good things in my life are accidents that won’t happen too often (I’m working on that way of thinking). Sara’s music has been the one magnificent constant in my life. I have grown with her, I have loved with her, I have cried and cried with her and it always feels like I can breathe a little easier after I listen to her music. Her album The Blessed Unrest has been played at least once a week since it’s release in 2013 and I’m sure Amidst the Chaos will soon follow in the weekly rotation.
Nothing will compare to witnessing Sara Bareilles live while standing in the front row. I felt absolutely overwhelmed and filled with gratitude at the fact the stars aligned for myself and my three friends. So before I start sounding a bit over-obsessed (too late?), I’ll leave you with this: Sara Bareilles is creating life-changing music and at the end of it all, she will leave this place a little bit better than how she found it.
I cannot wait to hear Amidst the Chaos in its entirety, until then excuse me as I replay The Blessed Unrest for the 86,759th time.
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