Got Your Back with Matt The Electrician and free tickets!!

Ah, the sappy, over-commercialized ‘holiday’ of Valentines is upon us. I’ve never been fan of the day. I am not a hater, but it seems to me that we should be showing our loved ones how much we love them on a daily basis. And why should one day matter more than all the rest? I think flowers on a random Tuesday would be so much more fun that the pressure to pick the most perfect Valentines gift. Plus, “Saint” Valentine, isn’t even on the Catholic calendar of saints (they removed him in 1969), because nothing is known about him other than his name, birthday and day of death (Feb 14). So, there ya go!

That said, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share a song that isn’t overly gushy or sappy. It just has solid lyrics that describe the kind of love I hope everyone can experience, whether that is through family, a spouse or a friend. Love is love no matter where you find it! And my Valentines wish is that every one of you has someone who has “Got Your Back”, as Matt the Electrician so eloquently sings about.

In the universe you’re a molecule
In my eyes, you’re a great big deal
Bigger than the moon
You’re the only tune I hear
I’ve got your back, we’re on the same track

And if we’re moving then we’re moving together
And if we’re standing still then it’s still forever

And guess what?! Mr. The Electrician is coming to Louisville soon and you can win (2) tickets to the show at Uncle Slaytons!! He will be performing on Feb 22. Just got to the last bit of sanity facebook page, like it and tell me that you want to be entered to win the tickets! The winner will be picked on Monday Feb 20!  I have been  blown away by his latest release, as I wrote about here. Hope you jump on the chance to see this amazing singer/songwriter!

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Just a few days left to enter…..

Don’t miss the opportunity to throw your name in the hat for (2) free tickets to see The Head And The Heart play at Headliners in Louisville on March 6, 2012!!! The name will be revealed on Jan.1, 2012 (happy new year!!). Just go to the Last Bit Of Sanity facebook page, like it, and then post that you want to win the tickets to THATH (please specify which show, because I also have Langhorne Slim tickets to giveaway!!).  That’s all you have to do!! Easy-peasy. And in case you are on the fence about going to the show, here is a little something fun to tempt you! 😉

WIN The Head And The Heart Tickets!

Start your year off right by winning 2 tickets to see The Head And The Heart play at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY on March 6, 2012! The contests ends on Jan.1, 2012…and it is so easy to enter! All you need to do is go to the Last Bit Of Sanity facebook page, like it, and post that you want to win the tickets. How easy is that?! Make sure you say which tickets you want to win, because I have a couple of giveaways going on! And just in case you are on the edge of going or not, I found this video that should make your decision easy!! It was filmed in a stairwell after a pool party at the Calgary Folk Music Fest.  Seriously, if these guys can sound this amazing in the stairwell, just imagine how great they will sound at Headliners.  Unfortunately, I think they might have more clothes on at Headliners. 😉

And if you want to see what else I have said about THATH, check here:

https://lastbitofsanity.com/2011/12/12/hot-off-the-presses-do-not-miss-this/

https://lastbitofsanity.com/2011/09/22/ear-candy/

https://lastbitofsanity.com/2011/09/18/the-head-and-the-heart/

Go.See.Ben.Sollee.Live. (and try to win tickets here!!)

Wow.  I’ve never written anything that has required so many re-dos and so much effort.  I can’t get the words right. The issue isn’t the subject.  Well, maybe it is, but not because he isn’t good.  It’s because he is so talented, unique and an outstanding man that I feel overwhelmed with painting a flawless picture of him for you.  My experience with Ben Sollee may have been more than the average fan (read about that here), but everyone who meets him pretty much says the same thing: He is an incredible musician and such a genuine guy!

When you talk with Ben, you quickly find out that he is soft-spoken and embraces doing things in his own, unique way.  Everything-from the way he tours (he ‘ditches the van‘ for part of his tour each year and travels by bicycle) to the way he plays his cello.  Yes, I said cello.  No–I haven’t switched musical focuses to classical.

Don’t ask me to classify Ben’s music. Not sure it can be put into a box–he’s not an ‘in the box’ kinda guy.  It isn’t classical, that for sure, even though that was his foundation. “Pop cello” is the easy way out-but is is SO much more. It has so much depth and so many layers that aren’t usually associated with pop.  Ben is the MacGyver of the cello world. Paving (maybe peddling is more accurate!) his way with brand new sounds and techniques that make you forget how the cello is ‘supposed’ to sound.  He uses his hands and plays it like a guitar.  He uses his bow and has perfected the chopping sound. But most impressive is the voice and words that accompany the one of a kind cello sounds.

Ben’s voice has a deep and impassioned sound that comes from an old soul. He will blow your mind when the sound comes out and then he will keep you flying when you listen to the lyrics. One his 2010 release, Dear Companion, with Daniel Martin Moore, they focus on the issues surrounding mountain top removal and the message comes through. But even on his other releases, his voice is strong. His latest album, Inclusions, feels much more personal, but still fabulous! I could go on and on with my favorite lyrics, but here are a few:

“If I’ve wounded you, I’m sorry.
I had good intentions.
If I’ve wounded you, I’m sorry.
It happens all the time.”  -Something, Somewhere, Sometime

“When my bare hands touch the base of you spine
I feel you shudder and you close your eyes
Move like a swallow and I’m Hypnotized”  -Electrified

Ben is going places and others are starting to recognize this talented performer from Kentucky! He has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series, as well as Mountain Stage and even in the Wall Street Journal! At this year’s Bonnaroo, Rolling Stone also took notice.

Part of my trouble with writing this is that I want to entice each and everyone of you to see Ben Sollee live. I promise it will be an evening you won’t soon forget. But, just in case my writing isn’t enough, I will give away 2 tickets to Ben’s show on Friday, Oct.14th at Headliners. All you have to do is tag Last Bit of Sanity on your facebook status or post on the wall and you will be entered to win!

We were lucky enough to be in attendance when both of these clips were filmed! 🙂