Sam Smith at The House Of Blues

Last night I was lucky enough to see Sam Smith play at the House of Blues.

First off, I just want to say that the House of Blues is one of my favorite places in the city of Boston. It’s a great sized venue, I love that it’s right next to Fenway Park, and I just like the way it looks inside. It has a really cool vibe. So, I always look forward to the opportunity to go see some live music there.

More importantly, however, was who we went to see.

Sam Smith is the singer of “Stay With Me,” which you could hear on pretty much any pop radio station this summer. He also did the vocals on Disclosure’s song “Latch,” another hit single. Essentially, it was impossible to escape from him on the airwaves. And I think that it’s well deserved.

I have been a fan of Sam Smith for a while now, and I usually put on his album when I’m doing homework or just want to listen to something relaxing, because most of his songs are pretty slow.

I’ve always found his voice soothing and liked how a lot of his songs sound a little retro. I had heard previously that he was a phenomenal performer so I was really excited to get to see for myself.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Vocally, he is the best I have ever heard. His range is almost unbelievable, and his recorded voice simply doesn’t do him any justice. I have heard him be compared to Adele before, and I can totally see where that comes from as they both have incredibly soulful voices.

Between songs, he talked to the crowd and seemed genuinely grateful that he was playing to so many people as a British musician in America. Last night was the first show of his American tour, and at one point he said, “I usually have so much to say, but right now I’m just in shock.”

Maybe the shock came from the fact that the show was sold out, or maybe it was because he had a room full of people singing his lyrics back at him, or maybe it it was because the line to get into the building wrapped around two street corners– but all shock factors aside, his appreciation was clearly there.

And honestly, I didn’t mind waiting in line for an hour just to get into the venue. I’m happy that people like Sam Smith are dominating the pop charts and drawing in crowds this big.

He writes all his own songs, the talent is clearly there vocally, and he puts on a really good, fun show. He deserves every fan who was waiting in that line.

All in all: not a bad way to spend a Monday night.

Here’s to a new year.

Moving to Boston is one of the best decisions I have made in my life so far to date.

Since transferring to Emerson in January, I’ve been able to get hands-on journalism experience by covering events around the city, I’ve been able to see the Boston Marathon from the finish line, and most importantly (to me, at least) I’ve gotten to see a lot of incredible live music.

IMG_20140907_184037IMG_20140910_011945

Just in the past week alone I’ve gone to Boston Calling Music Festival, I got to see Ed Sheeran, my all time favorite musician, and I just got back from a free concert at Copley Square, a ten minute walk from where I live, for a musician called Vance Joy (this is the second time an artist I like has done a free show at Copley).

IMG_20140911_204603

Throughout the year, I’m going to try to make it one of my goals to post on this blog as often as I have time for. Things can get really crazy here at Emerson between classes and all of the extracurriculars, so I don’t know how easy this will be to maintain… but I would really like to try. I get to do so many fun, amazing things while I’m living in this city, and I would really like to try to document them more, for those who are interested in reading, but also for myself. I genuinely enjoy writing, and if people want to read it, it’s just a bonus.

So, here’s to a new school year, and hopefully to some interesting blog posts to come.

IMG_20140911_185547