I Got a Kick Out of Him
To single out specific songs as favorite moments would be pointless, although "What a Difference a Day Made," "Nothing I Do," "Frontin'," and "London Skies" were all great, as was a duet with opener Brandi Carlile on "Rocket Man." Cullum even did a fun medley of hip-hop songs (jazzed-up, of course) that included Ne-Yo's "So Sick" and Amerie's "1 Thing." Perhaps the one obvious omission was "Mind Trick," one of my favorite tracks off Cullum's current CD, Catching Tales. (You can hear it at his site on MySpace.com.) I also was disappointed he didn't play "My Yard." But the stomping on the piano keys was there, as was Cullum's ratty appearance, playful banter, and athleticism. And the Opera House's acoustics made it all sound great. This was my first time in the building, and man, what a great venue.
It's just a shame that so many people missed so much of the show. I don't know what was up with the crowd. Every other minute, it seemed, someone (or two people) would get up and go out for a drink, or to the bathroom, not even waiting for the end of a song or an opportune moment. It was the most restless audience I've seen in a long time. And given the show's location, the moving around was more pronounced — and annoying to those of us who were enjoying the show and didn't ever leave.
Jamie Cullum isn't a household name yet, and admittedly, his CDs — good as they are — really don't do justice to how great he is live. But I can't recommend him highly enough. He deserves repeated play on your CD player (or iPod) if he's not already programmed in.