… and I liked it!
You would have, too, if it happened to you! Okay, okay, those phrases are offshoots of other vocalists I need not name. But here’s a trio I must tell you about. Seeing The Good Lovelies up close and personal last night has left me believing I was truly in the company of angels.
I had planned to wear hippie dippy blue jeans but decided to wear a dress simply because they always do. Their story of the “no pants” band policy had the sold out theatre roaring and I was so happy to be wearing “no pants.” You’ll have to attend yourself to hear the witty bantering of three intelligent women in motion, their personality signatures on every word.
For the first time last night I was able to attend a concert by The Good Lovelies, one of their many live performances with over 180 days on the road per year, and I was so stunned by the harmonies I thought I already knew from listening and singing along to their online videos and CD’s. Their lyric writing is more than mere poetry in motion. I have no words to describe what I heard last night. It’s hard to stun me speechless or sleepless but both occurred last night because I cannot get the angelic riffs out of my brain nor the fact that their band name not only sums up what they do but who they really are when you meet them in person.
Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore and Caroline Brooks are a charming, multi-talented trio of young women who really have their act together so that one feels they are, in fact, so much a part of an easy night of hilarious stories and enchanting vocals that you might well be sitting comfy in your own living room with them. And the only thing you want when you realize you were not and must leave, is more.
Lacking the academics to do so, there is not a lot I can say technically about their vocals. I can tell you I own every CD except their latest which I purchased last night. But I will tell you this. Sitting in a theatre listening to them live was sheer magnificence in motion.
It was so much more real than listening on YouTube or playing their CD’s at home, I had no idea how magical it would be. Nor did I have a clue until I arrived that I was sitting in the front row, right in front of Caroline’s microphone, an even happier treat as we are related but that is not why I write this. I write this because this trio’s tight harmonies are so stunning as to leave you breathless after every song. Just when you think, that’s it, that’ll be the best of the night right there… Wait. There is always more and it’s even more stirring, more soulful than the harmonies you just heard.
Growing up in a musical family with a father who won awards for his music, I did develop an ear for melody and harmony but I am not skilled musically in any way, nor do I possess the musical expertise to assess anyone. But I’ll leave that to the professional ears of a friend who accompanied me to see The Good Lovelies.
My friend, a Royal Conservatory of Music Level 9, herself, has played weddings etc in Toronto and has the academic input here. My unschooled musical ear assessment was not only confirmed but doubly confirmed by her. My multi-genre musical performance attending friend, along with her husband, kept saying, “What amazing talent we witnessed on that stage tonight. We will be seeing them again every chance we can.”
That pretty much tells you all you need to know from one who has the trained ear and eye for musicianship and entertainment value. But let me just add one little phrase I woke up with in my head this morning.
I’m no longer afraid to die and go to heaven for I know now the sweet sound of ethereal angel harmonies so well, I know what I have to look forward to when they sing me in.