Guess who’s back!!!
Silence is an important part of our lives, and I never experienced it as I did last Friday (March 2nd 2018).
London is a magical city, and it was not the first time for me to travel there to attend a show. This time I was with my best friend Courtney, and the whole experience left me speechless.
I saw Bon Iver for the second time, and this time was totally different. The first time I’ve seen this band I was still in America, and it was at a festival, so I could say it was much more “thrilling”; but now, I truly understood what the Sound Of This Time is.
They started with 715 CR∑∑KS, and Justin Vernon‘s autotuned voice echoed through the walls of the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, bouncing back directly to our hearts.
Mr Vernon’s voice was tired, after so many dates it is understandable, but it still made its entrance. The setlist has been long and deep, almost like the breaths I was afraid to take during the songs, or the ones I took between one song and another, or the ones I imagined taking. Imagination was a central point of this performance, given by the decorations that adorned the stage, that reminded me of a cave made out of wood and flowers, and the light effects that made me think of freedom and nature, them being two separate things, obviously.
“Unburdened and becoming.”
It has been the most silent concert I’ve ever been to. It was like everyone was scared to sing along because it would have corrupted the final outcome, or distorted even one note of one song. This show was constellated with silences and ethereal sounds, but it enhanced the Sound Of Time. Nobody will ever contribute to bringing people together like Bon Iver does and did.
The silence underlined the respect that everyone had in these amazing artists’ regards, and it reached its highest peak during ____45_____, where the lights went low, and Vernon’s voice vibrated in our chests: after the first part of the song, and after a long and compelling silence, the whole theatre stood up to their feet, clapping and listening to their skin drooling with life and love, while the song was still going. That was the most amazing moment of my life. Love arose from the crowd and brought us to another dimension, another reality, another life.
“I stayed down, without knowing what the truth is.”
The truth has been unveiled, and the truth is: nothing. Nothing and everything. I recently read a book, and this sentence perfectly sums up the contents of this concert: “To be or not to be, that is the question. To be and not to be, that is the answer.” Bon Iver is nothing and everything at the same time. It is truly the greatest artist of this century.
I guess this is what falling in love feels like. Falling down, and then finding God, whatever God is. I am atheist, but I believe in power. I believe in respect. I believe in a bigger idea of ourselves. And this, this is what Bon Iver did. I’ve found myself.
33 “GOD” was a drumming competition, between the two drums present on stage and the audience’s pumping hearts. We really found God and religion.
“Philosophise your figure, what I have and haven’t held” comes from 8 (circle), what did we hold? What did we not? What does philosophising one’s figure mean?
“I’ve been looking through your mind.”
Nothing makes sense if you don’t experience Bon Iver live at least once in your life.
After an encore constellated with clapping and cheering, and maybe a little bit of crying, the band came up on stage and started playing Holocene, and I swear there was a moment when it was pitch black on the stage, perhaps to highlight the meaning of “And at once I knew I was not magnificent.” But Justin Vernon and his Bon Iver are. The end of the show was made up by flashing lights and flashing eyes, this was the definition of being there. Existing.
This is what music is about. The scenario was very simple and minimalistic, but it contained the meaning of music.
Music is what makes a person say “I love life.”
Music is what makes a person say “I could see for miles, miles, miles.”
Music only expands our vision, to unknown places, and maybe, even an unknown self.
I’ve seen for miles, miles, miles…
Always spread love xx