Cat Power at The Granada

September 7, 2007

Music is something that has always been a huge part of my life. One of the first memories I have is of my Dad picking me up from kindergarten after he was called due to my haphazardness involving the sharp corner of a table, and the introduction it had with my chin. You […]

Music is something that has always been a huge part of my life. One of the first memories I have is of my Dad picking me up from kindergarten after he was called due to my haphazardness involving the sharp corner of a table, and the introduction it had with my chin. You learn at a young age never to run with scissors, but I was never told not to run and jump towards tables. What this has to do with my early love of music is that I can distinctly remember the entire drive to the hospital, my dad horribly singing along to The Rolling Stones song, Satisfaction. I absolutely fell in love with classic rock from a young age, always interested in my Dad’s vast knowledge about the bands and the stories he would tell me of concerts he had been a part of.

I was lucky that my parents let me go to shows from an early age and this routine of seeing bands live has never stopped. My latest experience at the Cat Power show at the Granada will give an explanation as to why. Cat Power aka Chan Marshall, pronounced “shawn,” is a folk and blues inspired singer-songwriter. I had bought my tickets to the show a couple months in advance and when I arrived I was awe struck by the amount of people that had come to see her. I know her music is magnificent, that unique almost ethereal voice, low and raspy at times, struck me from my first listen, but to see this? The unique emotion emanating from everyone was unique and incredible. I could make out certain conversations among the clamoring crowd that gave me hints as to what I was about to experience. “Nothing else like it,” “Just wait, you are going to be blown away,” “She is so beautiful” to name a few. I waited with bated breath, the opening act a torturous delay of “satisfaction.”

When she made her way onto the stage the crowd ignited, no time was wasted as she immediately went into her first song. What I noticed from the start was her absolute happiness at being up there. Many bands have amazing showmanship, but there was something different about Chan, in her eyes you could clearly tell she was happy to be up there singing and performing, she was enjoying herself. The songs evolved from the static state they previously held on the records and became so much more. She pranced around, dancing and floating across the stage, the crowd smiled and laughed at times from her antics, focused intently on the free spirit in front of them. Before I knew what was happening, I heard a certain set of unforgettable blues chords kick in. Her voice low and dramatic she let out the first words to the song, “I can’t get no, satisfaction.” Boyhood memories of listening to Mick Jagger sing those famous words all came at me, her rendition scarily close to overturning the originals place in my mind. Shivers went down my spine at the beauty of the whole experience and when the show came to a close I couldn’t have been more satisfied. She explained that she was actually recording a live album there tonight, and due to her well documented perfectionist behavior wanted to replay a number of songs till she got them right. I was not surprised at all when I noticed nearly everyone stayed put to watch and listen again.

These experiences deserve to be passed down, so if you ever see Cat Power show up in your area, go!

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