Last week I was in need of some feel good music. You know, the kind of music that sounds uplifting and peppy but is also full of emotion. I didn’t think I would ever feel cozy and comfortable at Terminal 5, but somehow Noah Kahan and George Ezra made that happen.
“I hope there’s enough good going on in your life to counteract the sadness in these songs,” Noah Kahan said to the crowd, warning them what laid ahead, but he was only met with cheers.
Noah is riding the “Hurt Somebody” wave right now. The song is about the inner turmoil of expressing your true feelings and how what you have to say can really hurt someone when you didn’t intend on that. The theme of struggling with emotion is prevalent among Noah’s other songs on his debut EP Hurt Somebody as well. His presence on stage is shy and timid but his voice and lyrics were resilient and filled the entire room.
George Ezra is probably the most adorable performer I’ve ever seen. His dad-like dance moves are endearing and his giddy smile as he speaks about his musical journey instantly made me feel giddy too. The British bloke is well-spoken and comical during his in-between-song musings.
There came a time where George knew he had to start writing new music. He was fortunate enough to be able to spend a month of his time anywhere of his choosing and what did he decide to do? Find a stranger on the Internet and stay there for a month.
“I remember my manager being on the phone going, ‘Are you sure you want me to book this?’’ George remembers. “I did it and it wasn’t until I touched down I thought, what the fuck are you doing man, you don’t need to be doing this!” Though it was a bold move, it led him to walk up a staircase lined by “smashed glass and bicycles without wheels tied to the walls” where he met Tamara and created his newest album, Staying at Tamara’s in a little town called Barcelona.
A lot of his writing takes place while traveling. He would buy a EuroRail pass and hop on a train just to hop off every two days and go explore a new city. There was one instance though where a series of events (staying with three Swedish girls who were “really keen” on him watching the Eurovision song contest finals, finding a man in a park to buy rum from and partying at a church) caused him to feel unmotivated to go to the next city and he ended up missing out on experiencing Budapest.
“I started writing a love song and I realized in a lot of love songs what people will do is list everything they have and say they’ll give it up for someone,” George explained. He thought it would be funnier if he listed things he didn’t have, like real estate in Budapest. A song that rocketed George to stardom was written out of a missed experience.
He ended on “Budapest” that night and, after hearing the creation story, everyone seemed to appreciate the song even more and it made for a special ending to an entertaining night.
Article: Merissa Blitz