Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
No, I don’t mean a horse show (although catching the Longines Global Champions Tour Championship Final at Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre is not a bad idea at all!). What I mean is watching 100% Sound artists Glen Hansard, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell and Sera Cahoone, all from the playlist I Go To The Barn Because I Like The…, perform tracks live.
First up is this wonderful live performance of the song “Say It To Me Now,” which Glen Hansard originally wrote for and sang in the critically acclaimed film “Once.” The real star of this piece is not just Hansard alone, but also his battered Takamine NP15 acoustic guitar, which he calls “The Horse.”
The Horse has become one of the most recognizable and iconic instruments in guitardom. It has seen Hansard through a twenty-plus year career that has included busking for a living on Grafton Street in Dublin, the formation of The Frames and later Swell Seasons, and now a thriving solo career. A trademark hole has developed where Hansard’s fingernails and pick fell naturally on the thin finish. But, he so loves this guitar that he cannot face putting it out to pasture. Enjoy its dulcet tones!
Glen Hansard – Say It To Me Now (Live at the Artists Den)
Performing together next are two 100% Sound playlist artists: Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell and Sera Cahoone on a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” It is not a terribly unusual sight to see these two performing together. Before the formation of Band of Horses and Sera Cahoone’s solo career, Bridwell and Cahoone were band mates in the indie rock outfit Carissa’s Wierd. Cahoone played drums for the band, and actually also received drumming credits on the Band of Horses album, “Everything All The Time,” which includes the playlist title track.
Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell and Sera Cahoone Performing Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
One final story about Band of Horses just for laughs. When Bidwell first formed the band, it’s name was just Horses. But he soon had to change it following the discovery that a long defunct band featuring none other than actor Don Johnson was still issuing re-releases under the same band name. I guess you could say that Bidwell was found out by Miami Vice. Yikes! Curious what that band sounded like? Check it out!
Horses – Run Rabbit Run