Last night was Hawksley Night in Canada, a special house concert evening as Hawksley celebrated his 46th birthday with us all.
You’ll recall that we signed in to watch his Christmas HNIC last year, and it was awesome. Last night was no different in awesomeness scale. Truly, as James said, he’s the best.
After an intro about all of us still hanging on during this pandemic, and introducing the amazing Mr. Lonely, they launched into some amazing songs (with album of provenance), indeed:
When These Mountains Were The Seashore (Treeful Of Starling)
No Reason To Cry Out Your Eyes (On The Highway Tonight) (Lover/Fighter)
I’m Alone Here (Between The Beautifuls)
Then it was Travel Time, where we joined his friend Stu Crookes for a tour around Paris, seeing where Hawksley lived and historical sites and monuments. An excellent video tour! Then it was time for another songs:
Dwindling Beauty (Let’s Fake Our Deaths Together) (Less Rage More Tears)
Next up was Pet Songs, where we see submitted pictures of people’s pets (cats, dogs, a hamster, a parrot). We were then treated to a new Hawksley song in tribute to a dog with a serious underbite named Rudy (The Rudester). Lovely and perfect!
Then we were outside in Hawksley’s driveway, getting a lesson on how to shovel snow properly, on GETTING IT RIGHT DOWN TO THE WOOD. That’s what she said. And as James texted to me, NICE SHOVELS)!*
Back in the house, it’s time for a Pub Covers mini-set:
Our House (Madness)
Life In A Northern Town (Dream Academy)
I’m So Sorry (Smiths)
I would happily listen to Hawksley do a whole set of cover tunes, just him and his guitar, Mr. Lonely on piano… oh man. These were gorgeous. How about a cover album, Hawksley? Stripped down like this? I’d be a first day buyer!
Next up was Hawk Talk, where Hawksley takes calls from viewers. This time it was an international affair, with calls coming in from Florida (James and I had a chuckle over the Sadsquatch, as Hawksley talked briefly about opening a show for Morrissey. SADSQUATCH.). Other calls came from Saskatoon (Kirby of the Broadway Theater), Toronto, Vancouver, Arizona, and Brampton. Lovely to hear these folks’ stories, and to see how natural Hawksley is in talking with people.
Time for another song:
Jealous Of Your Cigarette [(Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves]
A fabulous rendition with Hawksley really giving the vocals everything he had.
And then he set down the guitar and just sang while Mr. Lonely played piano:
Don’t Be Crushed (For Him And The Girls)
He did forget the words for a moment, at one point, but played it off easily and recaptured the spirit immediately. What a lovely song.
And with that, goodbyes were said and the night was ended. Perfectly in time to tune in to the Leafs game (which the eventually lost to Vancouver, but hey).
Thank you, Hawksley and Mr. Lonely for another great night! True beauty.