Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dan's Silverleaf
Denton, TX

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Dan's Silverleaf
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Phone: 940.320.2000
103 Industrial
Denton, TX 76201
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“Let’s not give away what all the songs are about,” requests Amanda Shires via email – shortly after an hour-long interview discussing exactly that. “I think I prefer for the listener to decide for themselves what stuff means, because I always hate it when I think a song is about a horse, and then it turns out to be a damn trip to France …” And so, by artist request, there will be no handy track-by-track cheat sheet for Shires’ new Carrying Lightning. But if you really can’t deduce what the songs are all about on your own, then consider yourself equally blessed and cursed, because odds are you’ve never been knocked on your ass by the wrecking ball of human desire – the kind so lovingly bottled by the young Texas songwriter in the album-opening “Swimmer, Dreams Don’t Keep”: “April was the last time I think I saw you You were carrying lightning The way you walked into the room, If I was a flower I would’ve opened up and bloomed I say I don’t care, but I’m a liar Look how easy a heart can catch on fire…” That same charge of romantic/erotic tension courses throughout the entire album, which sways from innocent daydream (“Swimmer”) to restless longing (“Love Be a Bird”) to explosive lust (“Shake the Walls”) to blissful contentment (“Sloe Gin”) and, finally, back to wistful fantasy (“Lovesick I Remain”). The specific, behind-the-scenes details – such as who or what inspired each particular song, or to what extent each stems from Shires’ own life vs. her sheer imagination – need not be divulged or even probed, because, as the mysterious little messenger in “Ghost Bird,” “all feathers and a heartbeat,” puts it best, “Baby, we’re all running from the same things: broken hearts, broken homes, the tired and the loneliness …” “I guess the theme of the record as a whole is just, ‘get wrecked in love – and be loved,” says Shires. “Or, to steal a quote from Sylvia Plath: ‘Wear your heart on your skin in this life.’ That’s my platform.” The quote may be borrowed, and the emotional terrain of the songs univers
Ticket Price: $9 - $12
Door Time:8:00 PM
Show Time:9:00 PM
Ages:All Ages
Website:http://spune.com/show/amanda-shires/

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