Music through the lens: straight to the Hart

Music through the lens: straight to the Hart

"May the gods stand between you and harm, in all the empty places you must walk"

I have a confession to make: I never trusted an artist that had it easy with their lives.

I have always had a soft spot, as well as tremendous respect, for people walking through darkness, fighting through disasters and enduring through despair. People never admitting defeat and never betraying their own value. Beautifully broken people.

Which makes it rather natural that I absolutely adore the incredible singer, songwriter and performer commonly known as Beth Hart.

Beth is the embodiment of someone refusing to remain broken, instead, marching triumphantly through darkness, armed with rare talent and sheer determination, to create beautiful art. Today Beth is rightly considered one of the established powers in her genre and popular music in general, being prolific both with her discography as well as, more importantly, live gigs.

A friend of mine once said, that, should Beth had lived through the 60s, her name would be mentioned instead of Joplin, in any relevant conversation. Certainly an exaggeration, but it shows where Beth stands in the eyes of fans. And, for that matter, I'm happy Beth didn't live through the 60s; life expectancy was not great for artists back then, and I want to be able to listen to her music through old age.

Beth and her amazing band rocked Athens yesterday, June 30; and it's rather suitable that her Blues-Rock vibes and lyrics reverberated with the current difficult national situation. Although starting the concert under heavy rain, people crowded the Technopolis culture center and remained in their position shouting encore after encore. It was an superb experience, certainly for the crowd, but also for this photographer, who had the honor to get on stage and photograph this magnificent creature.



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