"Music is the art of the prophets...art
that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and
delightful presents God has given us."
First, I just want to say thanks to Andy B of...
...for the photos and video clips that comprise this page (wouldn't you know we left our own camera in the car!) And, indeed, I'm grateful for his sharing them as Brian's performance at the West Milford, NJ venue...
...was definitely worth commemorating! As a result, here's a brief recap of this fantastic show...
Starting off the set alone on acoustic guitar, Brian shared one of his newer (and as yet unreleased) songs, "Feelin' Alright Today"...
...after which he switched gears a bit to present the familiar "murder song", "Cross That Line"...joined by newcomer Matty Z on mandolin (yeah, I know the photo below shows Matty on guitar instead!&*^*!)...
"I spend my time
While you're out
But one of
Next came a track from Brian's latest album, Further Down The Line. A simple and sweet story of a musician's unglamorous life on the road, "Stuck In Boston" likewise featured Matty on mandolin -- and included the surprise of a complex and interesting solo interlude on that instrument...
After this Brian shared the album's title track, a song that debuted in early 2002, and still remains a welcome addition to any set in which it's featured. Of course, there are the occasional cynical types who can find the cloud surrounding even the brightest silver lining -- or perhaps who merely enjoy creating clouds themselves. Specifically, I'm referencing a late night DJ for WDHA's "Homegrown Spotlight", who Brian noted recently played this song as part of his show -- then proceeded to mercilessly trash it. Of course, the fact he completed misquoted one of the very lines he was trashing probably tells you all you need to know about his level of "expertise"...
"I'll take you down,
Silk, satin and indigo,
I'll cast you into
I'm wide awake
Is it an accident
That finds us here,
Returning to another song from his prior disc, State of Grace, Brian was again joined by Matty, this time on guitar, for the reflective "Thinking", a song written in memory of a good friend...
"I found myself
On that misty
When I found
(NOTE: Even with high speed
As the set began to wind down, yet another selection from FDTL followed (and, yes, another of my faves), "Madonna In Rags". And, once again, this included some fantastic guitar work by Matty Z...
"Madonna in rags
In the cold
In the darkness
"In the shadow
Right next to
The doors of
Right next to
Finally, joined by Matty on mandolin once more, Brian closed out the set with a cover tune...by another artist featured prominently here on artistinsane.com, Michael McDermott -- in fact, Michael's earliest hit, "A Wall I Must Climb". And, I'm sure Michael would himself would have very much enjoyed Brian and Matty's admirable performance of this song...
And, he's looking
'til he finds who
Of the evil
In fact, the only thing NOT to be enjoyed by this entire night of music was that it all ended too soon!
That said, I (like everyone else in attendance, I expect) look forward to another Brian Fitzpatrick show in the very near future.
In the meantime...
...thanks much, Brian (and Matty)!
And, of course...
See you next time!!!