I heard through Twitter that Dave Carroll was going to be in Riverview (with Bassist Mike Hiltz and guitarist/back up vocals Chris Pauley) and I got pretty darn excited. Like most of you [I assume], I thought “United Breaks Guitars*?! Woo!” and figured it’d be pretty darn cool to hear that song live.
I also thought I could deal with two hours of live country music if I got to hear United breaks guitars, but I’d be really sad if I didn’t. For the record? I am not a country girl.
I will happily clear this up right off the bat; his music is a well rounded, healthy mix of folk, soft rock a hint of country. A sprinkle of jazz for good measure, too. I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of twang and ‘she stole my heart, my truck and my dog’ lifeless type lyrics.
The play list included songs for every type. Humorous lyrics that had you grinning from ear to ear in his song The death of ol’ Papi, where his poor dad unknowingly eats rotten chicken left in the fridge accidentally for 6 weeks and dies (The chicken is based on true events… but his dad’s ok!). Or even Give me a reason where he sings to his girlfriend about how he’ll be the first to bail if she gives him just one reason to run, and he’s just waiting by the door for it. Not all songs were meant to be funny, though, A woman like you is a love song to his wife so sweet that Disney princesses are glaring at their Prince Charmings saying “All you did for me was slay a stupid dragon.”, equally as touching was Even more tomorrow, a song for his son about how he will always be there with him and will love him “more today, and even more tomorrow”. My husband will curse him for giving my biological clock a good winding with that one!
Lyrics were as impressive in songs like Easy come, Easy go or The place that I call home. Another favourite of mine was the song Now, about living in the moment and not looking too far ahead or sticking too far behind. “Now’s never been, and now never ends. All of your answers are waiting for you here” (my apologies if I’ve misquoted).
Every single piece had me tapping my foot or refraining from dancing like a fool on my chair… or at least trying. In all honesty, the only song that didn’t do it for me wasn’t even his. It was Bruce Sprinsteen’s “I’m on Fire”. I always thought that song was creepy… but he sung it very nicely, nonetheless.
I talked to Dave and shook his hand, got a picture with him. Now all that’s left if to do copy the songs from his Perfect Blue CD (which I bought) to my iPod. I hope I find his other CD soon, too, ’cause I’ll be buying that one in a heartbeat!
*If you haven’t heard of United Breaks Guitars, you can find the story and the videos here. Sadly, it is based on a true story.