I saw James Blunt in concert last night at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif., a beautiful outdoor concert venue up in the hills just southwest of San Jose. Here's a shot of the view from the winery.
Despite the day's extreme heat (must have hit 100 degrees), the evening cooled off into the 70s, which made it perfect for the event (drinks helped, but 8 bucks for a tiny plastic cup of wine was a bit rough). His music is on the mellow side, so the vibe was low-key rather than high-energy, and of course, singing along is critical --- he is extremely talented, and hearing him live is such a treat. He played all the faves, including my fave, "Goodbye my Lover" (it is a very sad sad sad song, but there is something about the beauty of just his voice and the piano that is amazing). The best part was when he ran along the aisles and managed to plant a some kisses on a few lucky female concert-goers --- that definitely got the crowd up!
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