Yesterday, at Ellen’s Ice Cream in downtown Charleston (I dreamed about Ellen’s the entire time we lived in KY), I read the Mountain Stage poster. I almost squealed with delight…because…Ben Sollee plays on the show this weekend at the Cultural Center Theater in Charleston.
There are many reasons I love Ben’s music – and I’ll get to all six reasons why this week in this space, but for tonight, reason # 1.
Clever lyrics. The song that’s been running through my head all week is Panning for Gold.
I saw God in the forest
Teaching Tai Chi
to the Trees
He said “Son I used to know where I put things.”
“I used to know.”
By the end of the song, you get the idea: God is tired and needs our help to figure things out. It’s ironic and somehow comforting to think that humanity, the very thing God created, can confuse him/her.
Music that makes you think is always a bonus. The thing about Ben is he’s a classically trained cellist who conjures up great R & B singers like Sam Cooke. Pretty cool stuff, and some of the other six reasons you should go hear Ben on Sunday night.