Fantasy Springs concert, I thought I'd make a separate post. This was the first live performance of Broken Open and came as a very pleasant surprise as I was expecting A Loaded Smile. I wonder if time was running a little short because the band started so soon after the last song and before the audience had time to settle down. Adam looks like he wasn't quite ready either, bottle in hand and unable to steal a sip of water before his cue to start singing. You'd never be able to tell from just listening. The outfit, though fabulous, wasn't the most practical as things seemed to get caught in it very easily. I thought getting tangled and restricting his freedom of movement was one of the reasons why he kept playing with his peacock feather hair extension during some of the other songs.
When Adam's voice sails in, it's sweet and soothes the audience into a swift silence. The atmosphere the acoustic arrangement creates is similar to the studio version where the quivery ethereal quality of his vocals sends you floating away from your real-life troubles. His outstretched arms enhance the feeling of being wrapped in the softest of comfort blankets as you are warmed by the reassuring voice of a close confidant.
Keep your eyes open at the end when he flashes a broad smile and finally gets that sip of water.
For this video, I decided to do more fading effects than usual to try to enhance the gentle floaty feel of the song. The double Adam fading in and out is meant to evoke the feeling of reassurance that there's someone always with you in spirit to help you through tough times and to coax you into healing.
DOWNLOAD Broken Open (Acoustic) - mp3 12.0MB
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Update 19/03/10: DOWNLOAD Broken Open (Acoustic) - HD mp4 76.6MB - Slightly different edit with added fine tuning.
Update 27/03/10: DOWNLOAD Broken Open (Acoustic) - HD mp4 v1 81.7MB - Better sound than version above.