… that we forget to experience life while it’s going on all around us.” – Dallas Green, 25.04.11.
If there has ever been a more meaningful plea for people to put their dodgy phone cameras away and just listen to a musician work magic, I’ve yet to hear it.
I’ve just arrived home from an unforgettable concert; City and Colour at the Royal Albert Hall. Dallas Green, the voice behind the name, was obviously affected by the majesty of the venue, and rose to the occasion admirably.
I had high hopes, and wasn’t disappointed. At first, as he reworked some of his older songs with a heavier, grungier, full-band sound, I wasn’t convinced, but after a solo acoustic section I started to properly appreciate the range Dallas now brings to his material.
At one point, he explained he was going to play one of the first songs he’d ever written. Aged 17, he showed it to his mum: “Just to say, ‘hey, I’m trying to write stuff now.’ I just hoped that maybe someone could listen to it. I never imagined it would be all of you.”
The shining highlight, though, had to be Happiness by the Kilowatt. It’s a re-imagining of the version Dallas penned for the hardcore band he’s a part of, Alexisonfire. Apparently he only plays it rarely, and if anything, it was even more heartfelt than the version below.
It refers to the short story “The Euphio Question”, which cuts to the heart of what happiness is and how we seek it in modern society. Mainly, though, the song just blows my mind. In a show of songs that seemed to get better and better, Body in a Box, Oh Sister, Sleeping Sickness, Coming Home and Sometimes I Wish/Because The Night were the standouts. Bravo, Dallas. I will remember tonight for the rest of my life.