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Haley Jane at The Skinny Pancake August 14, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on Wednesday at The Skinny Pancake. The show was set to go from 7-9 and I worked until 7. I drove straight to the waterfront, found a decent parking place and walked back to the show. I thought of getting food but a huge line and a lack of tables changed the plan. I got a beer and found a spot on the patio to settle in and listen. Haley Jane has a powerhouse voice, solid skills on the guitar and engages with the audience about as well as anyone in the business. The first song I caught was about being out of line again, then she played one about the long steady process of improving yourself and turning yourself into a work of art. She envisioned a heart as a house full of rooms where all of your friends live on the next one, then played a song she wrote in the Elmwood Avenue graveyard. She opined that graveyards are a silly use of space and how it’s such a human thing to do to take up space even after you are gone. She tossed in a cover of a Tom Waits song about coming up to the house then played one about getting out in nature and rising up. She sang a song about how sharing secrets with others can help everyone’s understanding of life and closed the set with a song about relationships and how looks can kill. Just for fun, she tossed in a little bit of I’ll Fly Away.

The set break was quick then Margaux Higgins joined her for a song about loose screws that was really fun. Margaux left and Haley soldiered on with songs about roller coasters and a couple of busted hearts. She sang about Shenandoah then encouraged us all to ignite. I think the next song was a Woods Brothers cover, since she talked about how their show on the waterfront recently made her so happy. The song said hello I’m lonely and keep me around, if that helps. She sang of departed friends and wishing there was a bridge between here and the afterlife where we could meet our friends and party on that bridge. She sang about a daisy jar, then oh me oh my oh, she sang about Miss Ohio. She asked the audience to sing along on What’s Up and we sang “what’s going on” quite loudly. A song about Pablo Escobar followed and she closed the night with a song about giving a horse some Coca Cola or lemon soda, or something. It was really fun.

Shortly after the last note rang out, I took the short walk to the car and the quick drive home. She is an amazing performer and I’m so glad I caught as much as I did.

Posted August 19, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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