Hairshirt

Saw Eddie Vedder perform solo at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland last night.  Glen Hansard (from the movie Once) opened.  Between the two of them, they played acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, ukelele, banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  The acoustics in the Paramount were outstanding, so much so that, at one point, Eddie and Glen joined together for a song they sang from the front of the stage with one ukelele and no microphone – and the sound still carried throughout the huge and beautiful space.

Glen opened the show with a rendition, on the mandolin, of REM’s “Hairshirt”.  The large, sold-out audience was perfectly quiet, and the song, reverberating off the massive gold deco walls, may have been the highlight of the whole night.

The clip below is from a different show, and the sound is not nearly the same, but it would give you an idea.

And I can hang my hairshirt
Away up high in the attic
Of the wrong dog’s life chest
And bury it at sea

All my life, I’ve searched for this
Here I am, here I am in your life
It’s a beautiful life, your life
It’s a beautiful life, my life

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