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Reason number…I’ve lost count…why I love TSO

These are clips from shows that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performed during last year’s tour. This year’s tour is different yet, still amazing. These clips capture just one song from one show from dozens of songs done in dozens of shows by each touring group. One video from TSO West and one from TSO East. I did not take either of these videos, but the links will give the credit for these where it is due. Actually, the clip from Chloe Lowery (TSO West) is only part of the song, For The Sake Of Our Brother, because the crowd’s reaction and her reception were enough to move on. The other clip, performed by Erika Jerry (TSO East), one of my personal favorites, is the entire song. The songs are performed differently. The songs are performed mightily. The songs are performed with incredible passion, and outer worldly ability. Honestly, I cannot listen to either one of these without getting goose bumps and tearing up.

Imagine this. The show has been running for some time. Several songs have caught our attention. We wonder where this musical trip will take us next. The arena is mostly dark. The narrator speaks. Near silence persists as yet another amazing talent approaches the microphone. The crowd, made up of the young, the old, and every age in between, some know what is coming, but still many have no idea. Then the voice fills the arena and the song is peaceful, the melody catchy, but there’s more to come. Then in an angelic, beautiful, explosion of ability, tone, structure, depth and timing the voice turns it up too many notches to count. Instantly the words and the tune transport thousands of us to different places along our own personal timelines. Memories flood our minds, words crease our lips, smiles glisten beneath our tear soaked cheeks, and we wish each second to last longer. Our senses try to keep up with the unraveling of the closest thing many of us have ever experienced to musical and vocal perfection. Right there in front of us! Then if you’re still wondering why all of us love these people and the performances as much as we do; Listen to the words! The passion poured into the words that should mean so much to us. “…Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels!…oh come let us adore Him. Christ, the Lord!…” If the words and the performance, the passion and the execution, or ties that these tunes have directly to our emotional being, don’t grab us, and we don’t walk away somehow changed, then we are just flat asleep at the wheel. The peaceful song with the catchy melody ends and the crowds erupt in awe and appreciation of the performance we just witnessed and for the instantaneous re-connection to something far bigger than ourselves; maybe for the first time in a long time for many of us.

This is just one example of why I have lost count of the reasons why I love TSO so much. Enjoy. Merry Christmas!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_uE5F_OdTc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv_boIgCNHc

 

 

There In Every Show

There In Every Show I

TSO in Manchester, NH 2014

 

I guess we could detach ourselves and say, to each, their own

Then isn’t it the folks furthest removed that cast the first stone

 

To obsess on anything is not the answer, even for one who rants

To me, it’s unhealthy and obvious that one has lost their balance

 

Then there’s life altering events as in the one’s we cannot control

Still others exist when we decide again to make ourselves whole

 

Maybe the choice we made, inspired from a place we least expected

At a show we checked out, message received, we’re truly affected

 

But we all enter the doors from a different place, and intent is key

For we all hear, but to listen is a big difference if you ask me

 

Like the sower of seeds pursues the grounds soft, apt to receive

Our mindset at times needs a gentle push to better perceive

 

I, for one, sit quietly, anxious, like one waiting for Christmas Day

Then I close my eyes renewing my senses as they begin to play

 

I could be wrong but I feel like there is something special in the air

There’s most definitely a message to discern, I’m keenly aware

 

But were my heart hardened and I not to listen, present just to hear

Then maybe it’d be just another show, another band, another year

 

The message, I needed to hear it when I first did, enthralled, I froze

From the stage to my balcony, those sweet sounds, they rose

There In Every Show II

TSO in Manchester, NH 2014

 

 

The Christmas spirit, the words of love, melted the chill I sought

The musical symmetry overwhelmed my senses though I fought

 

I shuttered from the war within, I left “somehow different I think”

Learning later that this group, was in some ways, my missing link

 

Then it was up to me to model the meanings I had run so far from

Now I attend in part as a reminder to me from how far I have come

 

The shows still move me, sounds divine, I escape, and intently I listen

The snow comes down and through the lights the flakes do glisten

 

Using words that recently sparked a deluge of commentary, I found

That there are far worse folks by whom we could choose to surround

 

So we are drawn in by the message heard and portrayed for us to see

Ideals, defined as a standard of perfection; God, family, country, me

 

It’s all there in every show, God in message, family in every single row

Country honored before and during, just ask Chris, he would know

 

But it’s equally important not to leave out us, the me, the we, the you,

A happy me, a whole me, is better than before TSO passed through

 

So, yes I went to see them again this tour, Lord willing I’ll go again

As for planning each tour, it’s not if, but really, it’s a matter of when

 

Until then I will listen, I will share, I will enjoy, but I will not obsess

Rather I will puff up with pride in the places we TSO fans coalesce

There In Every Show III

TSO in Manchester, NH 2014