I saw Bon Iver for the first time in August 2011 at Mount Park in Holyoke, MA. It was the perfect night to listen to his music: dark, drizzling, woods all around and eerily mystical. It was one of the greatest live show experiences I’ve ever had… and I’ve had a lot. The music felt like it was being carried over the hillside, lifted by the gentle fog rising from the warm grass. I’m headed to my second Bon Iver show in two days at another great outdoor venue. I don’t expect it to be as inspiring as the first but I’m looking forward to remembering some of it’s greatness.
Here’s one of my favorite songs from that night… just Justin, alone on the stage with his voice and his guitar. So good.
(“The business of sadness” is a line from the song Brackett, WI btw. Another favorite.)