Moving music … live and in person

It had been a great concert, but I knew it was almost over, she hadn’t played the one song I wanted to hear the most.

I was starting to worry, but then …

“When it rains it pours

But you didn’t even notice …”

As it turned out, “Rainbow” was the last song Kacey Musgraves played before the encore at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston.

I’ve thought it was brilliant since the first time I heard it, but it has taken on a new meaning in the last couple months.


“Know that if somehow we make it alive
And both get out on the other side
I know this might be asking a lot
When it’s all said and done
Don’t forget that you loved me once.”

— Maren Morris, “Once”

After reading my lament that I needed to find new music, my wife suggested “I Could Use a Love Song” by Maren Morris.

One thing led to another, and we found ourselves trying in vain to get tickets to her show at House of Blues in Boston. But luck was on our side, as she announced more shows, including the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Connecticut, close to Suzi’s parents.


All of Morris’ stuff is great, including “I Could Use a Love Song.” But my favorite is “Once,” a wonderful song that’s also capable of crushing your heart.


“She is messy, but she’s kind
She is lonely most of the time
She is all of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie
She is gone, but she used to be mine”

— Sara Bareilles, “She Used To Be Mine”

A singer, a piano, a spotlight.

Sometimes, that’s all you need.

Forget making noise, for most of the song, I’m not sure everyone in Agganis Arena in Boston was breathing.

In the end, aren’t we all looking for music (or anything else) that moves us? It can be to laugh or cry or dance or yell or shake your fists or jump up and down or just take you away from wherever you are right now.

In the last 18 months or so, I’ve been lucky enough to have added Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and Sara Bareilles to my music collection, so that their music can move me in various ways.

And then to see them all within six weeks … what a treat.


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