Dec 18 2008

Telling Stories

Published by at 1:19 pm under Blog

Tracy ChapmanI used to baby sit for friends of the family. I used to look forward to it for a couple of reasons. They had Sky television, which was an exciting and new thing to me then. They also had a fantastic music collection. Sitting in their large and beautiful living room after the kids had gone to bed, I discovered a love of so many artists that I had not been nor would not otherwise be exposed to.


Tracy ChapmanI remember finding an album with a curious cover. Dark and brown, with picture of a person on the front that I was unsure if it was a man or woman. The CD case (CDs were fairly new to me then too) had a woman’s name on it, and I had just discovered one of the greatest albums I’ve ever known. Tracy Chapman’s debut was full of rousing ballads and haunting stories. I listened to that album over and over again. I knew every word and loved every note.


Last week, as I sat in the Olympia Theatre watching her perform solo on stage, the nostalgia overcame me. She opened with one of my all time favourite songs, Behind the Wall. This was a song that instantly filled me with both sadness and joy. Sadness for the story and subject matter, but a joy to be catapulted back to that living room, discovering Tracy Chapman all over again.


The gig was nothing short of beautiful. She played all the old favourites and did not disappoint a single fan. Chatty and charming, seemingly overjoyed to be playing for us, seeing Chapman was a treat. It was an experience I enjoyed far more than I expected, and as I left the Olympia, I felt moved by the night.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Telling Stories”

  1. Xbox4NappyRashon 18 Dec 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Truly one of the best albums ever.

    I adore her voice.

    If she’s touring I must keep an eye out here for definite.

  2. Darrenon 18 Dec 2008 at 2:19 pm

    @Xbox And it’s a solo performance. Beautiful. Do keep an eye out.

  3. Thriftcriminalon 19 Dec 2008 at 8:00 am

    A friend of mine went too. Said there was a lot of scary looking lesbians at it.

  4. NaRocRocon 22 Dec 2008 at 9:11 pm

    So what your saying is that it was a good gig right? 😉

    Did she sing that Boyzone song?!? Did she adapt it to sound like Ronan Keating? It’s his song now!

    Ah no seriously, must quash my ignorance and check out that album. Sounds worthy of a listen for sure.

  5. Aurelieon 22 Dec 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for your review of the Tracy concert you attended!

  6. Allan Fowleron 25 Dec 2008 at 7:02 pm

    One of her songs is one of my favorite, though I can’t seem to ever be sure of the title. Is it Fast Car? I think it is. Absolutely love it. It just evokes an almost physical response, because of the sense of nostalgia and bittersweet memories of youth associated with the lyrics. Good stuff.

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