Ramblings of a Redhead Music Snob

Life & Music in New York, My City

Silence Is Easy

Posted by xneverwherex on September 12, 2006

James Walsh - Starsailor - 9/11/06 - Irving Plaza

James Walsh – Starsailor – 9/11/06 – Irving Plaza,
originally uploaded by xneverwherex.

9/11/06

Living in New York on 9/11, the 5- year anniversary no less, was pretty surreal. The city seemed pretty somber (no big surprise), people waiting for late subway trains weren’t nearly as agitated as they might usually be. It was a nice change. I got to work to find our lobby had a table in front with a red/white/blue flowery plant. The security (shows that we live in a post 9/11 world), were handing out American Flag pins. If anything, it was a nice gesture. I really cant imagine having lived out here during that time.

This has been concert week for me, and I have been insanely busy. I only wish I had posted my comments about the prior show. I will have to go back and add some in.

Last night was Starsailor – a pic of James Walsh, the singer is shown. James is a charismatic lead singer. He is clearly in love with his day job. He was talkative, and clearly was glad to be back in New York City. I should mention, I saw Snow Patrol on Friday night, and Starsailor (sounding very similar) blew them out of the water. James has a voice that is so beautiful sounding, I dont even think the AI judges could find fault with him. He can sound amazingly just like Bono. He also did a song with Joseph Arthur and even performed one song acoustic. I wish I remembered what song it was.

I am attaching what I wrote to my friend’s last night after my return home. I think this was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. James has a fabulous voice, and they play stuff from all of their
albums. their live version of 4 on the floor is f’ing incredible, and turns into this really dancy mix, where he started to tell everyone to dance their asses off. he is one hell of a front man, very talkative, clearly is in love with new york, (said some very nice things about the 5 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks). good souls was really incredible live as well as the silence is easy. ok every song was. i
thought (and still think) snow patrol put on a great set, but i think this show blew it out of the water.

Btw – the title for this post is one of their more popular songs, but it sure fit with the theme of the 11th.

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