What a difference a continent, a club, an artist and three short weeks make. In early April I was lucky to catch Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light) play a hot, sweaty pub gig of dance pop gems in London. Now in New York, the artist’s versatility shined in a very special piano show at Joe’s Pub showcasing songs from his forthcoming album Life Is Easy in its entirety.
Looking dapper in a Howe Clothing suit and bow tie, Rod Thomas led with ‘Everything I Ever Wanted’ and ‘There Are No Miracles,’ two songs about his life in New York over the last 18 months. Then he performed two previously released singles ‘I Wish We Were Leaving’ and ‘An Open Heart’ and two new ones: his fuck-off fiat ‘Good Luck’ and his next single ‘I Believe.’ I was really moved by ‘Lust for Life’ and ‘More Than Most,’ again ripping the lyrics from my soul. ‘In Your Care,’ also previously released, ‘Too Much’ and ‘Happiness’ rounded out the new album. I’m anxious to hear how this collection of beautiful songs translate to the Bright Light x2 signature dance pop styling.
For his encore he performed my two favorite songs he’s written (so far): ‘Immature’ and ‘Cry At Films.’ His collaborator on the latter, Del Marquis, was in the audience, as were many in the tribe that have embraced, encouraged and inspired Mr. Thomas since settling into life in the Big Apple. He closed with a moving, stripped down version of ‘Moves.’
Since the new album is not out until July 8, I don’t have nine of the new songs he performed, but I do have two, plus his three encore songs here. Piano versions of course.