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Nick Cave (with Colin Greenwood)

Nick Cave (with Colin Greenwood)
State Theatre
April 29, 2024

The soundtrack to my childhood was Nick Cave. Whether jamming out to “The Mercy Seat”, dancing with my dad in the lounge room to “Into My Arms” or belting out “The Ship Song” with my mum after too many champagnes, Nick was always there.

Dad’s profound love, some may say obsession, with Nick’s music shaped my connection to his music. Grief swallowed me up at age 12 when Dad passed; after his death, Nick Cave quickly became the melody to my loss, and I am still tethered to his music in a way that is hard to explain.

On Monday April 29, I experienced the Nick Cave solo tour at the State Theatre with my sisters, mum and aunt. As the lights dimmed, I immediately felt the tears surround my eyes, the sound of the piano and his familiar voice immediately easing the pain and shedding light.

Watching him play, how the music ebbs and flows through laughter, lightness, grief and loss, you find yourself ever so presently feeling every emotion in the most visceral way. He exudes pure honesty and a rawness as he takes you through the journey of his life through music.

And I’ll tell you one last thing, when Nick Cave looks you dead in the eye and holds your hand in his … you know you’re alive.

3 COMMENTS

  1. So true! Saw Nick / Colin at The Beacon (NYC) recently. Don’t have the words to describe how wonderful that was. Some power unique to music that makes life worth all the travail. Decades of music, I have only experienced this a handful of times. Costello, Badfinger, Squeeze. Nick ticked all the boxes.

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