Today I found myself looking through old ticket stubs, reminiscing about some of my favorite concerts.
Anyone who knows me knows that if you really want to make my day, you’ll take me to a good concert. I’m sure it’s not too much of a surprise given that you are reading a blog about my favorite songs, but it’s a fact nonetheless.
Now, I’m lucky because I’ve been to a lot of great concerts, especially in the last few years. I’ve seen big acts like Coldplay and Mumford & Sons, smaller acts Hippie Sabotage and Marina & The Diamonds and legends like Paul McCartney and Fleetwood Mac. But one of my favorite concerts I think I’ll ever go to I went to in September 2016—Tor Miller.
Tor Miller is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter based in the Greater NYC area and boy is he good. I saw his show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and he brought the place down. Not only that, his opening acts—Sean McVerry and Paperwhite—were sick, and how many times can you genuinely say you enjoyed both opening acts at a show?
The best part about the whole thing, besides the company I kept and the fact that I was able to to get his album two weeks early on vinyl, was the fact that we were front-row/leaning on the stage/staring Tor directly in the face the entire show. Granted, the venue is pretty intimate to begin with, but still.
I’ve been a fan of his for a while, but the song that first introduced me to his music was this one. I had been browsing through iTunes one day when I came across it and as a huge Johnny Cash fan I was immediately drawn in by the title, but it was the song that made me stay. His voice, his instrumentation, his lyricism, his style— it’s all dripping with his obvious influences (a lá Bowie/Springsteen) but it still has this magical element that is all original and all Tor.
So grab your headphones, plug ’em in and vibe with me and Tor Miller’s “Carter & Cash.”