When Amanda Palmer climbed up on stage to play, the word YES was written on her chest in large black letters. Which kind of says it all -- in a nutshell -- about this artist, and the way she shows up in the world.
Wrecking Ball stands as Springsteen's best album release in almost thirty years. It's both wrenching and jubilant; looking back and looking forward; steeped in sorrow as well as celebratory and undaunted.
Just imagine you're sitting in your own living room and it's nice and cozy and quiet, and across from you in two comfy chairs are Dion DiMucci and Steven Van Zandt talking, for 90 minutes, about Dion's long and amazing career.
Almost never will more than 80 artists unite to support one cause, let alone create, pay for and donate 76 original tracks to raise money for it, but when the cause is Amnesty International and when the songs are Bob Dylan's, something quite magical happens.
I've grown a pretty thick skin over the years when it comes to celebrities. However it's just not that often that I find myself sitting across someone who, frankly, was a bonafide teen idol in my particular pantheon. We're talking photos stuck onto bedroom walls here.
In an industry where recording artists are marketed to within an inch of their lives, it is a pleasant surprise when a real artist can excite music lovers largely on her engaging personality gifts as a singer.