Mike is a sweet voice in my earbuds and after discovering him in the beginning of 2012 after splitting up with my high school sweetheart after 23 years… I fell in love with his soothing voice and words that grabbed you by the throat and made you stop and listen and reflect.
Life is never easy. This song hits home and it’s the song of the quarter for 2016. The video below is captured when he was busking in Vancouver by the water by CBC Music. Can’t wait to see Mike again hopefully soon.
Sometimes I feel I’m going nowhere
Sometimes I’m sure I never will
She said it’s ‘cos I’m always moving
I never notice ‘cos I never stand stillSometimes I feel like I’m falling
Falling fast and falling free
She said my darling you’re not falling
Always looked like you were flying to me
But I fear I’ve grown a rolling stone inside of me
She said oh don’t you know
The rolling stones stop at the sea
And that’s where I’ll be
Sometimes I’m sure I know no one
A thousand faces but no names
She said my love you do know someone
Oh and i know you back just the same
But I’m scared I said, what if this stone don’t slow down
Oh just be aware she said
What goes up will come down
And when you do I’ll be around
Oh when I’ve dragged this rolling stone across this land
I’ll make sure I leave this stone in her hand
For we both know too well the rolling stones turn in to sand
If they don’t find a place to stand
Passenger announced that he is coming out with a second “Whispers” and he is going to release a song each week. Here is a new song from Passenger that is an interesting song from the first listen. Just wanted to share…
English singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, is in the midst of his biggest headlining tour to date, supporting his acclaimed new album Whispers. His earnest folk-rock tunes have enchanted sold-out crowds across America, and our cameras caught up with Rosenberg on Aug. 19 at Columbus, Ohio’s Newport Music Hall to go behind the scenes and find out what keeps Passenger’s tour on the road.
“I love touring,” says the 30-year-old Rosenberg, who says he has been playing shows nonstop for the past “five or six years.” Sitting in the modest tour bus that will take him to 17 North American venues by the tour’s end, Rosenberg reflects on the element that makes his performances so powerful. “The biggest thing about my live show is the interaction. I try to make everyone feel as welcome as possible and as engaged as possible.”
Passenger travels with a crew of trusted friends and fellow road warriors at his side — including Australian singer-songwriter Stu Larsen, his former road manager turned tour photographer and opening act. But onstage, Rosenberg is a one-man show. Mike takes the stage armed with only an acoustic guitar and a microphone tucked inside the heel of his shoe, a clever trick employed by front of house audio engineer Simon Kemp to give his foot-stomps a more booming resonance in the venue.
Despite his lack of backing players, Rosenberg more than fills the stage with his infectious energy, which is felt by everyone from superfans singing along in the pit to couples canoodling in the upper balcony. From the minute the lights go down at the Newport Music Hall, a charming dive that stands as one of the States’ longest-running rock clubs, Rosenberg has the wall-to-wall crowd eating out of his hand. He’s able to quiet the crowd to pin-drop silence during delicate numbers like “Riding to New York” and his breakout hit “Let Her Go,” as well as elicit boisterous cheers during rollicking standouts like “27,” “I Hate” and the anthemic “Scare Away the Dark.”
“We talk a lot in the audio world about dynamics, going from being very quiet to being very loud,” explains Kemp. “It’s a way that you get emotion out of people. I don’t know anybody else in the world that can do it (like Mike.) He impresses me every night.”
Equally impressive, perhaps surprisingly so, is Passenger’s light show: the cascading, mulit-colored beams that decorate the stage are of the caliber one might expect from an amp-melting rock band rather than an introspective folk musician. Still, the lighting design — as carefully orchestrated by lighting director James Scott — serves to enhance, rather than overpower Rosenberg’s show.
“A single person on a big stage is very difficult to not distract from the intimacy and honesty of the show,” says lighting director James Scott. “I’m just trying to make shapes and textures and an environment for him to play his music.”
But what shines through most of all during Rosenberg’s 90-minute set is how easily he’s able to make a 2,000-person show feel like a fireside serenade. Rosenberg’s ability to connect with his audience is a skill honed from his many years busking, performing impromptu concerts in outdoor locations for audiences mostly unfamiliar with his music. The experience was crucial for Passenger to expand his fan base and fund his career before finding worldwide radio success. But even now, with a song that resided in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart, Rosenberg retains the passion and enthusiasm for performing that drove him to success in the beginning.
“I feel a big pressure — and it’s a good thing — to play like it’s my first and my last gig,” Rosenberg says with a smile. “Every (show) is just so important to me.”
Trying to hold a love that wants to go
Is like trying to catch a falling flake of snow
It glimmers while it can but it will melt between your hands, you know
To keep alive a love that wants to die
You teach the birds to swim, or the fish to fly
But gills are made for water, and feathers for the sky, y’know
OH OH OH OH OH OH [x2]
To find a love that’s new where do you start?
It’s like trying to find the light switch in the dark
But falling over mess you left unaddressed inside your heart
OH OH OH OH OH OH [x2]
But I will find love, that’s a blind love
It’s the kind of love I need
Oh well I’ll find love, that’s a blind love
It’s the kind of love I need
OH OH OH OH OH OH [x4]