Uncharacteristically I made a rather impulsive buying decision last week. Only about an hour after learning from one of my roommates that Amos Lee was playing at The Music Box, I walked the half a block and bought myself a ticket. Now I'm not usually one to spend money unplanned, but I couldn't pass this concert up.
I went alone, and stood by myself as note after note floated from the stage and drenched the room in American-sounding harmonies. His newly released album called Mission Bell made up the majority of the songs during the night. I was surprised that so many of the songs were about God. One song is even unabashedly called "Jesus." I was even more surprised when the entire audience got into it. It's got a strong beat and sounds something like an African spiritual. And people danced. They loved it.
I don't really have anything profound to say about the concert experience except that I found it refreshing that new music can be both creative and spiritual. Recently it has seemed like you have to sacrifice one or the other - musical innovation or spirituality. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to find that they are not mutually exclusive.