Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution
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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.31
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You’ll have to excuse me for this tangent, but I just can’t help it. There’s a little bit of a departure on the song selection today… it has nothing to do with any of the clues in the grid. I’m posting that song because my wife and I were at that concert where the video was taken, last Saturday in Boston. I am a huge fan of Jessie Ware. She is my favorite musical act. I listen to her whole discography every Monday at work to help ease me into the work week. It’s hard to explain, and I’m sure many of you have experienced the same feeling, but there are only a handful of musical acts that have given me a “religious experience” upon listening, and she is at the top of that list. I even remember where I was when that experience happened — I was listening to her second album, Tough Love, on my iPod on a flight to Salt Lake City a few years ago when it happened. I got completely lost in the aura of the music and was transported into another dimension.
We were standing right up front, stage right, at the Paradise Rock Club (there aren’t any seats at the venue), a very cool place to see a concert. The sound quality of the video (which I didn’t take) is a tad off in spots, but you’ll get the gist of the performance. I’ve been into her music since soon after she released her first album in 2012, and this is, at long last, the first time that I’ve gotten a chance to see her live. I don’t mean to gush, but seeing her walk out on stage for the first time was surreal; the whole concert experience was very, very special. Her musical style, not to mention the way she presents it, of course, just hits all the right notes for me. Her voice in concert was just as I have heard so many times listening to her albums — simply ethereal. She and her band were so on point, she worked the crowd so well during the songs, and she was funny and entertaining between songs. It was, all-around, all that I thought it would be and much, much more.
I guess the (coincidental) inclusion of 37-Across in this grid was appropriate, as I really did have to come back to Earth after leaving that concert venue that night. (See, I did relate it to the crossword grid after all!)
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