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Aaron Neville at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Aaron Neville, originally uploaded by ick1999.

It was a loooong, satisfying day yesterday at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival. My wife and I rolled up at about 1:30, right when the music kicked off. We made it until about 9:30, partly into Ratdog’s set. Unfortunately, Mr. Migraine decided to make an appearance and made my wife’s later evening an unpleasant one.

But the whole day can be be summed up in five simple words: Tell It Like It Is. Yep, the highlight for me was seeing Mr. Aaron Neville sing his 1966 classic. It was one of the most exhilarating and special live music moments of my entire life. I stood at the front of the stage and took it all in. And my Canon SD630 was there too to capture most of the song. I had it bumped down to low resolution, so the video and audio quality isn’t great, but this is what I got to experience.

At the end of the song, you’ll hear some yahoo scream “Yeeahh! – – baby!! – – I LOVE it!!”. Uh, yeah, that was me.

To see all of my photos from the festival, check out my Flickr photoset of the day.

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13 Comments

  1. Line Line

    Thank you for this video. It’s hard to explain, but it gives me the emotional drive and uplift I need to keep working on my Master’s Degree. I am very grateful for Aaron Neville’s songs and his deep passion in every word he sings.

  2. All in the name of thorough “T in the Park” coverage (so to speak)! Cough it up lolly!! 😉

    That is quite a festival. I just checked out the web site. What a lineup!! http://www.tinthepark.com/

    You should post a review on here…

  3. lolly lolly

    oo err Pete, what WOULD Mrs Pete say, all in the name of ick music but of course

  4. Lolly lolly lolly – I learn so much every time I read one of your comments! I now know what ceilidh is (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceilidh).

    Regarding traipsing about half naked around the T in the Park festival, I know I speak for many readers in the Ickmusic community when I say – photo documentation is needed!! ;-P (email address pete @ ickmusic,.com – *cough*)…. now then….

  5. lolly lolly

    Hi Pete, I can hardly wait till Friday 6th July, when Iam going to T in the Park, up in Balado, in Scotland, it’s a whole weekend camping in the new tangerine field, music festival and frolicking about and Iam dying to see Arcade Fire, Jamie T, Rufus Wainwright, My Chemical Romance, The Killers,James and Bright Eyes,to name but a few, that Conor Oberst oo oo mmmmm, he gives me goose bumps, oh just loads and loads of brilliant bands ,woooohoooo! Iam so excited, this is my 4th year of going, chasing the party big styly, and usually get to top up the old tan, parading about half naked, winding up all the old boys,flirting with the young guys hee hee, still we’re all there to have a good time and it always is, sometimes you see the big egos, taking themselves too seriously, pretentious prats, but the music is always ace, and there’s even a ceilidh tent, and that is just hilarious, nothing quite like a gay gordon, and when I hear the bagpipes, it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up with pride,and the Scottish blood dances, making them feet go tapping to the beat, rumour has it even Brian Wilson is supposed to be coming, only problem is you need a week to recover, but it is sooooooo worth it, even if you’re eaten alive by the midgies, Guess you’ll have to chase out a dvd of “Little People” for your two weans, what kind of a daddy are you, depriving them like that, ha ha tee hee

  6. How is it that I’ve been a dad for 3+ years and I haven’t yet seen “Little People”? I thought I had seen every kids show in the known universe.

    Bo-bella Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 2:09 pm e

    His voice definitely doesn’t match the way he looks. He looks like a bad a$$ mutha-effer so it’s funny to me that I personally know him best for singing the theme song for ‘Little People’. My daughter must have watched that video about 200 times. Literally every day for 6 months…sometimes more once she figured out how to work the VCR on her own.

  7. Oh Lolly – I wish there was a way I could jump on the summer festival train, but it looks like my next festival won’t be until September, when I hit another Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in Colorado. One disadvantage of living in the desert in the summertime…

    How about you? What’s going on up in Scotland?

    lolly Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 4:44 pm e

    Oh you jammy beggar Pete, wish I had been there, I love Aaron Neville’s voice, bad luck for Mrs Pete (Sorry don’t know your wifes name)Those migraines are persistent wee wind up merchants, guess it spoilt her fun, kind regards to her, so where are you off to next in the festival arena?

  8. Bo-bella Bo-bella

    His voice definitely doesn’t match the way he looks. He looks like a bad a$$ mutha-effer so it’s funny to me that I personally know him best for singing the theme song for ‘Little People’. My daughter must have watched that video about 200 times. Literally every day for 6 months…sometimes more once she figured out how to work the VCR on her own.

    Ugh, migraines are the worst. Poor girl…hope she is doing better!

    It sounds like you had a great time! Good music and day drinking…yes please!

  9. Man, he is something to behold alright. Huge man with the voice of an angel. Would you believe he’s 66 years old??

  10. Aaron Neville is one huge dude – definitely does not look like what he sounds like!

  11. lolly lolly

    Oh you jammy beggar Pete, wish I had been there, I love Aaron Neville’s voice, bad luck for Mrs Pete (Sorry don’t know your wifes name)Those migraines are persistent wee wind up merchants, guess it spoilt her fun, kind regards to her, so where are you off to next in the festival arena?

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