Barenaked Page


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There are 2 things that I know pretty well…good music and humour. When the two are combined, something magical happens that takes you away from your bills and your job and the fact that your dog Boomer has thrown up on the carpet for the last 16 days in a row.

 Tonight, I was taken on that magical journey by Steven Page.

Over the last little while, there has been confusion surrounding Page. Most people remember him as the fun loving singer / guitarist of the Barenaked Ladies. Others may remember him from the stories of why he is no longer a member of that band. But for anyone who is wondering who the ‘real’ Steven Page is, I would suggest that they take in his new solo show – complete with his multi-talented 6 piece band.

The answer is that Steven Page is gifted, talented, and flawed. The gifts and talents make him an icon, the flaws make him real. Even during tonight’s show, while his performance was inspired, his banter with the crowd (largely about his love for Chatham, Ontario and his impression of area code stereotypes) was funny, unscripted and at times, awkward. But not awkward in an uncomfortable way, awkward in that it wasn’t polished, which made it even more genuine.

The same rawness can be said for his guitar playing. Mostly a chord player, Steven doesn’t hide behind effects to enhance his sound. His sound is clear and every note from every instrument on stage can be heard well, and was mixed perfectly.

In an interesting and unique twist, his guitars sound like guitars! Though I haven’t had a chance to sit down and interview him yet (….hint hint…) I would love to get a gear tour from him to see what his settings are, and which guitars he plays. It seemed like he changed guitars almost every song, yet all seem to be in standard tuning. One day, I will pick his brain about this.

Until then, I’m left to reflect on tonight.

Steven Page is an excellent entertainer who seems to love what he does, as that comes through in his performance. Like a puppy with a new toy, he plays with unbridled and uncalculated enthusiasm – the kind of energy that can only come from appreciation. I felt  that he appreciated the opportunity to play with 5 other super talented people, for an audience that was really rooting for him. That happiness and gratitude is infectious, and sitting in the audience I just wanted to jump up on stage with him and play along.

And isn’t that what we really want? That little escape to see a true artist who is totally in his element doing what he does best, and loving it? Watching that is enough to take your mind off your bills and your job.

The dog thing is a different story. It’s now 17 days in a row. I just stepped in Boomer puke. Gross.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf3F1vEMi-Y

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