So even in the darkness, you’ll find the light.
While my heart beats for hardcore rock music, my blood flows for genuinely earnest singer/songwriters who pour their souls into lyrics and then share them so gracefully with rooms full of strangers every show on tour. There is such a beauty in those few minute combinations of words and notes that somebody has emptied their heart into, that they can then effortlessly sing to a sea of unfamiliar faces night after night.
To write a song with such personal ties is one thing but to perform it and be vulnerable on a stage with the spotlight shinning directly on you is a completley different story. It’s a pretty incredible thing.
David Ramirez is one of those singer/songwriters I’m talking about. His passion, his ache, his credence, his dedication and his sincerity to each and every word he sings is insane.
I saw him recently at the Fete Lounge in Providence, Rhode Island which is a super small, intimate venue and it was amazing. When I say small, I mean there were about 30 people all together, including the ticket checkers, bartenders, sound tech guys and everyone else in the audience. I even managed to score a table right infront of the stage which the two friends I dragged along to the show who couldn’t have been happier because now they wouldn’t have to stand for the duration of the show.
It was just about time for the show to start and the venue hadn’t got any more crowded since we arrived. This was definitley the smallest show I’ve ever been to but a great one because of how snug and personal it was. After casually having a drink at the bar while the opener was on, David Ramirez finally took the stage with his guitar in hand and his harmonica wrapped around his neck and then he just started playing.
His voice is raw and gritty and raspy and if there was ever an artist who wore his heart on his sleeve, this is the man. On his recordings you can hear his sentiment but live, you can actually see it. He truly makes you believe every word he says and his songs make you want to know the story behind all that angst and emotion that created them. The way he sings is powerful and the compassion you can see in his eyes is meaningful. Gosh, I could go on for days.
He played about 12 songs, maybe even a few more, including my favorites “Find The Light”, “Stick Around”, “Argue With Heaven”, “Shoeboxes”, “Bad Days” and he finished the night with my absolute favorite, “Fires”. He is an incredible performer and if you can go see him, you really must. This guy is a true musician with true lyrics, true melodies and a true heart. I met him after his set and he is such nice guy. He is truly meant to be a performer and sing these songs. It won’t be long before I can say “I told you so” because hands down this man is going places.