The concept of things happening for a reason is something that I put a lot of faith into. And in looking back on 2010, I’ve realized that a number of my favorite and most needed moments of the year have revolved around somewhat chance happenings with the St. Louis band, The Blind Eyes. They have been there for me, even at times when I didn’t know I needed them, and I thought I’d take a minute to tell you, and them, why they are hands down, one of my favorite bands in Saint louis.
#1 – June 25th, 2010 – The Blind Eyes, Sleepy Kitty and The Livers at Off Broadway
Having been on sort of a post-band-breakup, show-going hiatus for 18 months or so, I decided to walk up to this show on a whim. And within the first few notes of The Blind Eyes’ set, I knew that I had made a good decision.
On the stage in front of me were three guys that I had known for some time who were literally putting on a pop music clinic for all in attendance. Maybe my time away from them had added a certain flair of newness to seeing them play but in all honesty I was literally floored by how effortlessly they rocked the place.
This set alone renewed my interest in going to shows again and even more so, made me feel an overwhelming sense of pride to say that I’m from St. Louis.
#2 – September 10th, 2010 – The Blind Eyes as Fleetwood Mac for An Under Cover Weekend
With their second stint on the bill for An Under Cover Weekend, The Blind Eyes took on the tall task of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Inviting the rotating cast of Beth Bombara, Paige Brubeck, Cassie Morgan and Sunyatta Marshall to be Stevie Nicks was truly brilliant and to say that they succeeded in putting together one of the best sets of AUCW 2010, wouldn’t be doing them justice.
#3 – December 31st, 2010 – New Year’s Eve with The Blind Eyes and Kentucky Knife Fight at Off Broadway
“January”, a fitting number for The Blind Eyes to play on the eve of 1/1/11, was most definitely my favorite song from their set and this passage towards the end really stuck with me throughout the night.
…and maybe you will see that the ice is melting and maybe this year spring will come, in January…
Truer words have never been sung, especially considering that it was 65 degrees on New Year’s Eve, but even more so because for me at least the ice really WAS melting. For the first time in quite awhile I felt like there were a lot of great things on the horizon and I can definitely thank my friends The Blind Eyes for showing me that.
Matt, Seth, Kevin… I love you guys. Happy New Year!
P.S. Please give “January” a listen and then tell The Blind Eyes how much you love them for writing it.