Real musicians are those who share their passion with the world, singing in the street for the sheer joy of it.
Living in Dublin gives me the opportunity to walk to Grafton Street from time to time. For who doesn’t know Grafton St is one of the two principal shopping streets (the other being Henry Street) where you can tipically find buskers (including musicians, poets and mime artists) commonly perform to the shopping crowds.
Sometimes you could happen to stumble on a unique and unrepeatable moment, when you stop while other people continue their journey regardless.
Fortunately for us, one of those moments has been recorded and uploaded on YouTube: it’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” (by Bob Dylan) performed by Mic Christopher and Glen Hansard.
Mic Christopher is a great Irish singer-songwriter who unfortunately died on 29 November 2001, aged 32 (listen his Heyday if you don’t know it).
He was a busker in Dublin for about five years where he met many of the numerous musicians on the Dublin circuit, including, among many others, Glen Hansard.
Glen Hansard is the Academy Award–winning principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for Irish group The Frames. He is also known for his acting, in the movie The Commitments (1991), as well as starring in the film Once (amazing movie I’ll suggest you to watch).
His song “Falling Slowly” from Once, co-written with Markéta Irglová, also won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2007.
He quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local Dublin streets.
It’s amazing how natural this performance feels, you can’t help but get the sense of two really great musicians just standing there, having fun and not really caring about who stops and listens.
Just two friends shouting loud their passion for music, improvising at their best, putting all they have in what they do.
That truly is a moment in time that can’t be recreated.
“I no longer fear death, cause when I’m gone, my friend will be there to show me around”
- Glen Hansard -