Monday, June 22, 2020

Music Monday

Every time I remember that Dolores O'Riordan is gone, I feel a little melancholy. But then I hear Dolores O'Riordan sing again and it fades to gorgeous melancholy. Since we’ve been talking 'bout protest songs, “Zombie” remains one of the all-time bangers. I mean, they can’t all be acoustic guitars sing-alongs.

I had the distinct privilege of seeing The Cranberries at the height of their popularity. Sorry, was that not gloaty enough? I had the distinct privilege of having front-row seats to see The Cranberries during the height of their popularity. I don’t know how we got those seats, we were nerdy students and certainly didn’t know anyone who could get us the VIP hookup. I think we just were in line early and somehow scored them. Plus it was the ‘90s. People couldn’t game the Internet ticketing system as easily back then.

Anyway, back to my point. Before her death in 2018, the band had reunited. And one of their stops was to NPR’s Tiny Desk, producers of some of my absolute favorite online concert series to watch – in spite of how tiny ass the desk may be. Thought I’d let this week start with us “Linger”-ing with Dolores and The Cranberries. Fine, “Zombie” sounds great on acoustic guitar too. But no one can truly sing-along with Dolores. That beautiful, singular wail. Happy Monday, kittens.


Erin O'Riordan said...

No relation - my family's from Derry, hers is from Dublin - but I still miss her. And Tiny Desk Concerts are the best thing.

Carmen San Diego said...

Wow front row that must have been amazing.
Linger, Zombie, Ode to my Family, Dreams,
Dolores was so talented...

Laura said...

Thanks for posting this. It was a great start to my work week.

Panty Buns said...

So sad that she's no longer with us -
it's hard to find the words to express how wonderful it is hearing her voice in this music video.
It's also wonderful that you have the memories of seeing and hearing her up close performing in concert live.