[*The Tennessean really nailed it with that line.]
And so, four days later, we take a bow on Nashville and the Ryman here at Sibling Revelry…(above is one of the, like, three photos I took during the show. I was too busy surreptitiously bootlegging the audio with my camera, heehee. And my other shots were of the “I could get that on a postcard” variety…if only we’d been there longer!)
Needless to say, I am so impressed about the way we all managed to experience Sunday’s show together – as evidenced by the frenzy of the past few days!! It’s been quite a thing to witness and I’ve had so much fun chatting back and forth with you guys about various things – and also catching my breath and taking up with a New Year’s return to routine – that I have been remiss in my blogging duties. As if nothing else is going on in the Jonasphere…as if!!
So, in the interest of bloggerly closure, here are the encapsulated, final impressions Cpaig and I took away from the Ryman.
Of course, a post about the magical show would not be complete without (OMG!) a surprise (ish!) guest appearance from one of our dearest friends…and (VIDEO UPDATE!) JB & Friends, themselves…so hop over the jump to read and see…
It is really hard to put into words how I feel about this show. It is beyond words (and I know that sounds corny). I honestly just feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to go and share those 2 hours with all of those amazing artists. But I will try.
The Music: The thing I liked most about the music is that it was familiar, yet not at the same time. I loved all of the special guests, but “The Weight”, “Superstition”, and “Gravity” were just mind blowing. Equally powerful were “Cinderella” and “Free Fallin.” “No Air,” and the rearranged “Tonight” brought me pure joy. The Brad Paisley segment was just so special – to share such an awesome moment with Kevin (and the rest of the gang).
Another special moment was when the audience sang ALBL so sweetly. It was beautiful and wonderful to add my voice to.
The low point for me was Honor Society, who seemed a little out of place and lacking the humility of all of the other artists on the stage. I will say that I enjoyed Michael Bruno’s voice much more than I did in Vegas. I am looking forward to their JB collaboration.
The Venue: Second to none – really. I am really glad we had seats in the balcony.
The Staging: Pared down, awesome.
First, I must say is that I find myself more and more moved, the more I reflect on the show. It was as fun as any Jonas show I’ve witnessed, but also so deeply different, and really meant a lot to me. I consider myself an atypical Jonas superfan to begin with, so their shows have always been a bit of an exciting cultural departure for me. But even more than that, I went into this experience not deeply familiar with contemporary country or Christian music, just in a very limited way. So it felt like a revelation. Like they were sharing something of themselves that was meaningful – a living mixtape, if you will, LOL – qualities I knew about them, but which the mainstream and the frenzy so often obscures. As a fan, it felt very much like they were exposing something of themselves – both who they are and who they aspire to be even if they are not that yet – and we were being musically “invited into the family”, as Nick likes to say, and that felt really special and welcoming.
Secondly, the show reminded me of why the Jonases rivet me, even beyond the way they demand to be watched onstage and their fun personalities (as if they needed to offer more)! I’ve just never seen a band evolve the way they have, and felt so close to it. From the time I first got into them, I’ve had a lot of belief in their abilities and their quality as performers – I don’t think I ever had low expectations – but somehow, they are still forever overturning the ones I have! Not only do they work hard to deliver what is expected of them, they push themselves really hard to grow as artists, unpretentiously – so in a mere two hours last Sunday, I was repeatedly blown away with the things they were attempting, and pulling off. [For me, that goes double for Joe, putting on all the different vocal styles through the night – really, really, really great and even surprising (and you all know I have no kinda low opinion of him!) I don’t think the YouTubes even do it justice…oh, the harmonies in that space!]
Finally, the show made me realize that, though we all know the whole band is stellar, and while we shout out to them in various little ways, we don’t always sing their praises enough. They are wonderful, steady lynchpins that they are, and I love seeing them each get their moments in these small shows – but John Taylor really took a couple much deserved steps forward that night. He is SO talented, both vocally and as a guitarist, and he really thrilled me when he took the spotlight. I wanted to make sure to say that. 🙂 John Taylor, keep it comin’.
There were rumors they want to do more of these shows. I hope that is true, for everyone’s sake. Not sure what the plan is, but to see them hit more venues like that (I am sure there are tons of main street opera houses that would happily clear schedules to accommodate them) would be amazing. If they could use it as a showcase for their unique appreciation of music history and the diverse local flavor at every venue*, and benefit charitable initiatives (as they did in Nashville with MusiCares), how completely awesome would that be?! But they are so busy now…and I suppose it would be selfish to shut out so many fans in order to do more shows like this – but, maybe someday soon? I think there was once a a contest asking what your fantasy Jonas concert would be…and that would be mine, which I guess I have had fulfilled already…but more is always good, too.
[*Have I mentioned yet this year that our town has its own awesome opera house on a beleaguered main street, a couple pretty interesting temporary musical resident claims to fame (1) (2), a sweet blues fest, and at least one currently local Grammy-nominated musician who springs to mind? No? Oh, well…just sayin’. *bats eyelashes* And I’m sure many dozens of other towns would happily offer up the same!]
…without further ado, please enjoy our special feature…the photographic stylings of Flamom and her beautiful family, fantastically documenting the show and their trip to Nashville! Look out Robarazzi, cuz it is excellent – click the picture below to check out her gallery and enjoy!
Take it away, Flamom…
But wait, there’s more…what do you have to say for yourselves, Jonas Brothers & Friends?
All the way to the Grammys, indeed. 🙂
[Via: Cpaig, Mememoi & Flamom! with lurve…& JonasBrothersMusic (YouTube), too!]