Jessica Meuse played a show at the Omaha Summer Arts Festival a couple of weeks ago. She closed with her song called “Done.” I shot this video, which will show you why I’m a writer and not a videographer.
But it’ll also show you something else.
Partway through the performance, Meuse’s band gets lost in the music. Her drummer drops his head and just goes with the flow. A minute or so later, her keyboard player begins to pound the keys like he’s trying to extract every ounce of music out of them. Then her guitar player takes the lead and massages the song, which leads beautifully back into Meuse’s closing vocals.
It’s music the way it’s supposed to be played—passionately and patiently.