It was the perfect host for the Messianic figure of Edward shape and it seemed only right to me that this is where I would first meet ( yes meet!) them. Well, if Jesus couldn't be there in person, Edward Sharpe has to be the best big thing! Now that's a controversial statement right there!
Rocco Deluca warmed up the apostles with a great set and then at around 9pm the zeros strolled on to the stage opening with "Carries on". I was standing to the left of the stage where the band came on and I had a kiss on the hand by Jade Castrinos, who looked radiant!
I'm not sure that there was a solid set list before the gig. It seemed that the band just played what felt right in the moment, with songs from albums "Up from below", "Here" and "Alexander" oh and a musical rendition of happy birthday that came with a cake to Orpheo! What a way to spend a birthday.
|There's no song like "Home"|
"Dear Believer" was perfectly sung with the lyrics "I say reaching for heaven, its what I'm on earth to do" being particularly poignant and moving in such a place at this. Just as "Up from below" album ends, so did the gig with a heart felt, beautiful version of "Om Nashi Me". But, this was just the beginning for me in many ways. My inner 5 year old self believed that I could meet the band and that's just what happened next.
|Alexander after the show meeting fans|
When you meet the people in life that you have admiration for, it really becomes an overwhelming task to cram in all you dream of saying, if that moment ever happens. It really is a fine line to not come across as a mad person who is a little star stuck. You see , the definition of :
completely overawed by someone's celebrity status
Alexander Ebert has such a calming presence and was gentle, humble and happy to talk with me. I was aware that his time was precious and so I didn't want to keep him from resting and chilling with his other band members. However, before I knew it, I was telling him about my Jenni's Journeys and asking him if I could have a 2 min interview with him. So we sat on the cathedral wall (as our height difference wouldn't have worked too well on camera and that's one head that you don't want to chop off) and talked.
This was one dream that I was more than happy to be woken from. This is one dream that I will remember not just for 40 days, but the rest of my life.
|Darren, Alexander Ebert and Jenni|