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The Break Up

January 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Drove to the ATL to see my favorite singer/songwriter. I purchased the tickets to his sold out show (all 4 shows were sold out within minutes) months ago and have been anxiously awaiting ever since. There were seven of us that travelled together from the Ham. The venue was great; an intimate theatre setting with perhaps a total of 400 seats.  The sound was great. The show itself was just the singer/songwriter, (no full band) and he called it the Free-For-All Night whereby we fans twitter our song choices and he plays them as requested. (Other shows were based on particular albums).  

True to form, he played a variety of old and new music. He laughed at his own lyrics from a song dating back to the early 90’s. He encouraged we the audience to sing along to all that we knew (loyal Ham fans knew all the words to all the songs). He encouraged a little banter at one point. He informed us that he would be going on tour come spring 2010 with his newest full band entitled Butch Walker and the Black Widows. (It turns out he will be touring with Train – another Ham favorite). We Birminghamalamians shouted out, “Come back to Birmingham”. He actually acknowledged us and replied, “I will definitely come back to Birmingham”.  

But then, his usual sarcastic wit turned slightly melancholy. He told us (and I am paraphrasing) that people change and grow and, just as he loves his musical heroes and mentors’ original yet dated music, he knows we love his, however it was time for a change. Kinda felt like he was saying it was time for little boys to put away their little toys and grow up. Perhaps he was telling us that he is grateful that we like his old and juvenile music, but that things are going to change now. Don’t expect him to play the old stuff at concerts anymore.  

To be honest, it felt like he was breaking up with us. You know, the old it’s not you, it’s me crap. The entire audience whimpered a soft “awwwwww…” He dropped his head, sang one last song and walked off the stage. After only one hour, the house lights went up and no encore was played. Butch always plays several encores. We were left a little dumbfounded and a little hurt.  

In retrospect, I think he was breaking up with himself.  

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