Flashback Friday - Then and Now 

We thought we would start a new feature here at MBL to take a look back at Bobby's music from the past 5 years. Yes, it has been 5 years since most of us learned about Bobby, and his incredible songs. What we would like to do is, take a song that Bobby premiered in early 2009 and show an updated version of the song.

As you know Bobby has the habit of changing lyrics, or re-working a piece of the song, which is why we thought this would be interesting to be able to take a look back and see the changes in his music over the years.  We would also like to celebrate Bobby's first tour of the U.S. with his "Tastemaker Tour"  from April of 2009. We will be featuring many of the songs or performances during this time frame. We also have something in the works for our final week, so please keep checking back and share in taking a trip down memory lane.

Our first week we are starting with "Left to Lie"  and we have the first time Bobby played the song live in January 2009, and then a more recent version February 2013 in Vienna, Austria. Tell us what you think, has the song changed? Do you see anything different about how he performs? We would love your thoughts.
 




 

3 Comments

  • mel

    mel too far away

    wow. what struck me was the difference in confidence- in performing, in his music, and in his voice in particular. he seems much more comfortable with his voice and this translates into him expanding his vocal range, adding depth to his singing. (forgive me if i'm not using the right words!) i love the way his voice has developed over the past five years, and his confidence in performing and dealing with/ interacting with audiences. it's been wonderful to witness, and if i ever see him again in concert, i'll let him know ;-) xx, mel #stillwaitingforthatbeachconcertinbali
    wow.
    what struck me was the difference in confidence- in performing, in his music, and in his voice in particular. he seems much more comfortable with his voice and this translates into him expanding his vocal range, adding depth to his singing. (forgive me if i'm not using the right words!) i love the way his voice has developed over the past five years, and his confidence in performing and dealing with/ interacting with audiences. it's been wonderful to witness, and if i ever see him again in concert, i'll let him know ;-)

    xx, mel
    #stillwaitingforthatbeachconcertinbali
  • MusicBobbyLong

    MusicBobbyLong

    Mel- We agree. The confidence in his vocals and the his overall level of performance has definitely changed.
    Mel- We agree. The confidence in his vocals and the his overall level of performance has definitely changed.
  • VLovesElvis

    VLovesElvis

    This is great; I am so looking forward to the rest of the videos! I'm agreed that the #1 thing is the confidence. I think experience has really allowed him to put everything he has into his singing, where you can tell he used to hold back some. Bobby's voice has always had that gravely quality to it, but it is much more accentuated now. But he still has that quiet tenderness in his voice when he wants do. It makes him that more dynamic, overall. Even though he's sitting in the newer video, his body language shows how much more relaxed his is than the first, where his feet are more often than not straight & side by side. His good humor with the audience shows, now, too. His songs have obviously always been quite profound and unique, but the way he performs now outwardly matches the superior song quality more closely. What's stayed the same is that he still has the obvious deep love for music that he's always had & think his eyes will be forever glued shut while he performs (not to mention that beer is always there to keep him company, lol)! But that just shows how lost he gets the music & how much he gives every time. Oh, and I'm no expert, but I can tell his guitar playing has gotten even better—but that is probably a given.
    This is great; I am so looking forward to the rest of the videos! I'm agreed that the #1 thing is the confidence. I think experience has really allowed him to put everything he has into his singing, where you can tell he used to hold back some. Bobby's voice has always had that gravely quality to it, but it is much more accentuated now. But he still has that quiet tenderness in his voice when he wants do. It makes him that more dynamic, overall. Even though he's sitting in the newer video, his body language shows how much more relaxed his is than the first, where his feet are more often than not straight & side by side. His good humor with the audience shows, now, too. His songs have obviously always been quite profound and unique, but the way he performs now outwardly matches the superior song quality more closely. What's stayed the same is that he still has the obvious deep love for music that he's always had & think his eyes will be forever glued shut while he performs (not to mention that beer is always there to keep him company, lol)! But that just shows how lost he gets the music & how much he gives every time. Oh, and I'm no expert, but I can tell his guitar playing has gotten even better—but that is probably a given.