Ben Howard: Only Love
This video is a perfect example why I love searching out live performances. There is a whole added benefit to see the emotion of the artist when they offer up their work right in front of you. An added smirk or smile or wince or strain makes what they have made all that more sincere and relatable. In the case of this classic Ben Howard love song, it isn’t the strain or anguish you might expect from one pouring their heart out to a loved one, its the cutting smile and giggle in the voice that develops as more and more people appear out of nowhere. Often at concerts I get surprised by the way a song is performed or an added intensity to an otherwise calm musician, but it is rare to see the artist get surprised and moved by the crowd. Also this song is straight fire!