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"And so I traveled down a whispering well"

I arrived at Finney Chapel last night feeling expectant and somewhat strange. Lucy Wainwright Roche opened, and her set came as a pleasant surprise. Between sets I made a discovery that compounded strangeness with sorrow; so often do I find myself in hatred of change these days. As Dar Williams began to sing I tried my best to contain my personal wreckage, seal it in a box so I could empty out its contents in private. Deliverance came unexpectedly: after some self-deprecating storytelling, Williams played a song that made me feel as though a terrible weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Dar Williams – After All [download or die]

As such stories often go, things got worse before they got better. I’ll do myself a favor and spare you all the details. I've never been a huge Dar Williams fan, but I'm thinking last night's performance may have changed that.

Dar Williams - I Had No Right

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4 Responses to “"And so I traveled down a whispering well"”

  1. # Blogger Brannman. Brann...you know it's good for you.

    Dar has a gift. I saw her once as an opener for the Cowboy Junkies, and she blew them away that eve. Underrated talent.

    Keep writing. I enjoy your blog.  

  2. # Blogger Kate

    I'm not sure I would say she's so underrated these days (her more recent albums have a radio-friendly adult alternative sound to them I'm not so crazy about). Thanks, though.  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous

    "after all" -- first time i heard this song i couldn't stop crying. still brings a tear to my eye, so much beauty and pain there.  

  4. # Blogger Mary

    She's great live and that's a powerful song. With you all the way.  

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