Thursday, October 22, 2009
Richard Thompson-By Request
The first two songs selected from the pewter soup tureen that had its own stool on stage were "Cooksferry Queen" and "Why Must I Plead," and my immediate thought was, "Damn! Why didn't I think of Why Must I Plead?" Silly, I got to hear it anyway, as this very special all request, solo acoustic show began in perfect style.
A Richard Thompson show always leaves me feeling the same way, stunned by the beauty of his guitar playing, so much so that I drift off and tend to lose sight of what he is singing. No one can play an acoustic guitar quite like RT.
The requests kept coming, two or three being removed at a time, for "pacing purposes." "We wouldn't want 15 wrist-slashers in a row," Thompson explained. "Turning Of The Tide," "Persuasion," "She Sang Angels To Rest," and an aborted, but still quite good version of "Both Sides Now," all being performed from the heart, even if Thompson gave the hairy eyeball to just about every song he pulled.
Someone requested "She May Call You Up" by The Left Banke, which Thompson performs live often. He offered up some info that will forever haunt me. "I could play the whole Left Banke first album." WHEN?
Someone else requested "Peace, Love, & Understanding," to which Thompson replied, "You should try that at an Elvis Costello show. You may have better luck."
I didn't get to hear my request, "The Way That It Shows," but I did have to leave a bit earlier than expected. Nothing personal, Richard. Well actually, yes it was.
Here are both "Why Must I Plead" and "The Way That It Shows," both in live settings.
Richard Thompson has two more nights of this at City Winery and if I was a rich man, I'd be at both. Get there if you can!
WHY MUST I PLEAD
THE WAY THAT IT SHOWS