Shara Worden not only has a magnificent voice but she is also an extraordinary singer songwriter, a gifted guitarist and, last night she even proved to be a skilled contemporary dancer... and a conductor! ;)
She appeared dancing in the middle of the St Giles church nave with her 'Be Brave' mask and dressed with 'an orange flower mantle' with big rounded red hand no finger gloves and after a few seconds she was already conducting the audience to sing along with her the motto (...Love binds the world...) to the first song of the evening ''We Added Up'' that she started right after as you can see below:
''Reaching Through To The Other Side'' was the second song and after that Shara told one of several stories related to the songs that she was about to play...
The first one was that she attended 2010's Vivid Sydney Festival curated by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson and that she was really impressed by Laurie's show 'Homeland' (about the death of her mother and the fact that she felt that she never had the chance to tell her how she loved her). At the time Shara talked with Laurie that told her that 'sometimes it takes more than a lifetime to learn how to love' which inspired her to write ''Escape Routes''.
''Be Brave'' had a dancing intro with the mask as you can see a little bit in the following video:
About ''She Does Not Brave the War'' Shara talked about the death of her grandmother only one day before she turned 100 years old and the hard life she had. This made her write the song about people who 'don't brave the war but save the day' by being in the 'backstage' helping all and everyone without having or wanting any kind of recognition.
''Ding Dang'' was the sixth song of the evening. The seventh, for which she told that she moved from New York to Detroit and bought an abandoned house that she then fixed, was ''There’s a Rat''. In this house she built a studio to be able to work at home and in the first day of 'work' she made a coup of coffee and went there to start the latest album and realized a few seconds later that was a rat in a plastic bag on top of her chair. Despite the 'fear' she grabbed the bag and put it on the community garden feeling really good about 'saving a life' and doing the right thing... the next morning she came back to the studio and there was rat poop al over the chair ...'believe it or not a true story' she said!... and began to sing the song.
''High Low Middle'' was the next one and ''Everything Is in Line'' was the one that follow it and was played with Chris James from Stateless.
''I Have Never Loved Someone'' was the 'last song' of the set and Shara explained the obvious ''the next song I wrote for my son''.
The first song of the encore and was a treat... Feeling Good, a Cover of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's famous song for the 1965 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd (already recorded by many artists, including Nina Simone) and that can be found in 'Dark Was The Night' as My Brightest Diamond contribution for the 2009's compilation benefiting the Red Hot Organization (http://www.redhot.org/catalog/dark-was-the-night/):
''I'm On Fire'' was the second song of the encore and was played once again with Chris James from Stateless who feat. Shara Worden in Matilda LP (from which this song is taken of):
''Inside a Boy'' (from the album ''A Thousand Shark's Teeth'') was the final song, beautifully played and a intense and memorable ending but leaving St Giles Church without listening ''Something Of An End'' from the album ''Bring Me the Workhorse'' as the final piece was a little bitter...
(the first song I have heard... back in 2007)
We Added It Up - with Ensemble
Reaching Through To The Other Side - with Ensemble
Escape Routes - with Ensemble
Be Brave - with Ensemble
She Does Not Brave the War - with Ensemble
Ding Dang - with Ensemble
There’s a Rat - with Ensemble
High Low Middle - with Ensemble
Everything Is in Line - with Ensemble and Chris James
I Have Never Loved Someone - with Ensemble
Feeling Good (Cover from Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's song) - Solo
I'm On Fire (with Chris James)
Inside a Boy - Solo