Welcoming December with some Sam Smith
Blogger: Jane Drinkard
We arrive at the Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard. The line for Sam Smith just reaches around the block. The crowd is full of couples and young hipsters sporting jean jackets and ironic mustaches. Jimmy, Lily and I bounce around in anticipation. We feel like we are in on a cataclysmic secret. The response was the same from everyone who we told about the concert: “Who is Sam Smith?”
For those of you reading this that find yourselves asking the same question, Sam Smith is a 21 year-old British singer/songwriter. You may have heard his luscious vocals seeping through Disclosure’s electronic track, “Latch” but most likely, you haven’t heard some of his acoustic tracks such as, “Nirvana” or “Lay Me Down.” This should change. He is about to become a huge sensation.
We finally enter the venue. The bar is on the left for those 21+ and the stage is to the right. Red and purple lights permeate the small space. A light film of stage-smoke fills the air. SAM SMITH reads a banner hung up on the wall behind the mic, guitars, and keyboard in simple black, all-caps font. We stand a few rows from the front with a surprisingly ample amount of space and an almost perfect view of the stage. The stage is raised a few feet above us so that we are looking up at him. The show begins as he sweetly commands the stage with his baby-face and exceptionally sultry blue-gray eyes. After he wows us, crooning lines that are just the right amount of sappy, “It’s too late to run away from it all, It’s too late to run away from it all, I’m done with running so I give into you,” with his unworldly vocal range on “Nirvana,” he pauses and giggles. “Sorry if I throw up on you, I just popped by next door for a meal and I am very full.” The crowd laps up his honesty, probably because everything sounds cute in his British accent. Throughout the show, it became more and more apparent how lucky I was to see him in this kind of up-close and personal show. Mid-show he shared with us the exciting news that he had just signed with Capitol Records. Needless to say, the experience was $13 dollars well spent.
Check him out! You won’t regret it and you’ll feel cool that you knew about him before everyone else does: https://soundcloud.com/samsmithworld