I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I’m usually doing my local music radio show on Thursday nights but with Hana Zara in town I made a point of recording it earlier so I could go to the show.
I wanted to arrive before the 9pm start time so at quarter after 8 I took the lovely walk downtown. The club was packed when I arrived and a large band of string players were on the stage. I think they were called Stringdeck and the half a song that I caught was pretty cool. I settled in, said a quick hello to an enchanting human being, then she took the stage.
Hana Zara opened with Lithuania, and as the song unfolded and took us on its journey, the full room hung on every note and word. There is something about the way she uses words that paints pictures in your mind. Every song is a voyage made sunny by her compelling voice and strong guitar playing and shaded with her revelations of humanity. The fourth song in the set was the magical Science Fiction which stunned the room and caused a few album sales. The sixth song was a beautiful dichotomy called Symmetry that she played a few times before moving back to Nebraska. I’ve always loved that song and last night’s version was gorgeous. All of the rest of the songs she played were very new. They were all fascinating. One song was about remembering her true and was both vast and small. The third song in the set may have been called The Toil and had images of of oil as the blood that runs through the Earth’s body. The firth song in the set had images of seeing God in the green garden. For the seventh song she sang about friend who had a stroke and lost the ability to use language to communicate. The song was powerful and called As The World Got Completely Undressed. Zion Boat followed and was as great as all the others. She told a story of planting a garden in a suburban lawn and the local community putting up a sign that said no useless vegetation. This led nicely into the song called The Sower. She was going to end the night with her prayer for everyone for all that we are going through called Grandmama Moon but since we were such a friendly and supportive audience she wanted to play her newest song again. It was as vast and small as the first time, though maybe a little quieter and more pointed.
As soon as she wrapped up I headed out the door. Even though I had left my radio show in the good hands of Tony Gallucci I still wanted to get home and make sure the end played out correctly and do the show write up. The walk home was as lovely as the walk down only this time I had a lot of great new music in my head