Amos Lee – Spirit Tour – Portland – truly one of the best experiences of my extraordinarily ordinary musical life.
I once heard him say in an interview that ‘I have the most unfamous – famous voice you will ever hear’ and that could not be closer to the truth. His set blends seamlessly from hit to hit with his newest songs already such a part of him.
Walked in expecting a ‘very acoustic show’ – (which I always love) but was blown away when this handsome dude walked on stage in his stylin’ ensemble and took the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall by storm.
He grabs you – grooves you – moves you – renews you and gently places you back down feeling dizzy after having been vaporized by his charm. Hey I say any guy who can snap his fingers – move his hips and sing like Amos – is a triple threat right there!
He imprinted from the start, giving a shout out to his opening act the – ‘T Sisters’ whom he said are old friends and he appreciates their wholesome sincerity. That said so much about what was to come on this magical night, in a world so thirsty for these very things. The only shock value I found here was Amos’s cheeky demeanour, the kind that makes a girl blush because so much life runs through him.
I get so hooked on my favourite songs from the past that I am hesitant to embrace a new album – perhaps for fear that something new will change all that was – but his latest ‘Spirit’ is everything a heart could wish for. Amos Lee songs draw you in to a place where you feel safe and warm and loved – ‘Spirit’ takes this place to a whole new level. Such a bonding moment when he raised his arms up and sang ‘let the spirit wash over me.’ It solidified everything his music makes you feel.
Adele has said ‘his voice blows her away’ and it’s so true – I’ve not come across another quite like him. What a bonus track to see him live – to experience his bright personality with the music you love so much. While breaking it down mid song – an enthusiastic ‘woot’ came from the crowd and he never missed a beat – just gave a quick nod with a mischevious ‘uh huh’ – which felt a true testament of engagement with his audience and affirmation – we are all in this together.
Ryan Anthony Massaro is a private person who has worked hard to honor the gift of music that has been bestowed upon him and Amos Lee has grown to be someone he can be very proud of.
He has proven that staying the course pays true and one can never underestimate the power of collecting hearts one beat at a time.
“Sometimes we forget who we’ve got – who they are and who they are not. There is so much more in love to black and white. Keep it loose child – but keep it tight .”