This past Saturday felt like the best kind of happiness.
My reaction to seeing LP live felt visceral; I felt the power of her performance in my soul and watching her give it her all on that stage left me absolutely inspired.
The diverse and excited crowd was unprepared for the magic that they were about to witness. I know this because it was there in that crowded floor, standing next to a fellow purple-haired stranger that I realized how unprepared I was for what I was about to witness. I wasn’t ready for the power LP’s voice has, I wasn’t ready to dance non-stop, I wasn’t ready to cry, (but really, who is surprised that I cried?) and I wasn’t ready to ignore my aching legs as I wished the show was an hour longer than it was.
She gifted us with songs from her entire discography throughout the show. She played mostly from her latest album, Heart to Mouth, but also brought the classics like “Tightrope”, “Other People” and “Lost on You”. Her transitions from each song felt effortless and though she had us dancing for most of the night, I could have sworn that the room stood still when she sang “Recovery”.
The very first time I listened to “Recovery” I felt like I was holding my heart. The song feels heavy in its message but LP’s beautiful vocals make the words wrap around you in a loving hug. Hearing this song live felt like the perfect kind of closure for the heartbreaking situation that the song describes.
Can’t you see I’m in recovery?
Just let it be, I’m in recovery
I know you wanna say you’re sorry
But I don’t wanna hear that story
I don’t wanna be a fool anymore
Can’t you see I’m in recovery?
Always thought you’d be the one
Who always needed me
My home, you’d be my home
Suddenly, your memory
And time is like an enemy, so cold
The voice. I know I heard the high notes on the album, I know that I’ve secretly attempted those high notes but it’s truly other worldly to be present when the high notes happened. Though I’m sure they’re not, they looked to be effortless. Through dropping the mic once and reaching out into the crowd to collect gifts being given to her; she didn’t miss a beat the entire performance.
In regards to the gifts from the crowd, it truly is a testament to how powerful LP and her music is. I have never been to a show (and I have been to a lot of shows) where the artist received gifts from fans throughout the show. The gifts felt personal, I say this because the fans reaction to LP reaching for them was overwhelming. Her connection to the crowd lasted the entire time she was on stage. Eye contact was consistently made with people in the crowd, she pointed at people every chance she got and the entire concert felt like a celebration of the fans that support her.
Before seeing her live, I watched many videos of LP performing LIVE but none of those videos did her performance on Saturday night justice. She is a true artist that deserves to be witnessed first-hand. She embodied joy, she exuded excellence and she was present for the entire show.
I will (off-key) sing her praises until the end of time and everyone deserves to witness the magic that is LP.