9.12.18

H.E.R.

Her show starts with the audio of an interview of her as a child listing the instrument she plays and saying that she wants to be "a singer, songwriter and performer" and her performance shows you just that. She navigates easily between instruments during the first 5 minutes of the show before letting her voice do the talking. She is here to stay and her performance is how she's going to prove it.

My favorite type of content to capture during live shows is video. It's the only way to show how in sync the light show and the music notes are. Each stroke of light is perfectly in sync with the music and help frame H.E.R. in a halo but always dark on her eyes, hidden behind big glasses anyway.

iPhone video capture

In addition to the light show, a few songs were accompanied by footage of her & her band on tour and showing the complicity between them, showing H.E.R. without her glasses for only a few seconds before the moment is replaced by another frame, like a blink. A few fans were added to the montage for the empowering 'As I Am' to (I'm guessing) illustrate how this song intended to make women feel. Genius.

Another detail that I noticed and enjoyed during the show is how her logo is her stage name "H.E.R." with the letters out of focus and a little glow around them juxtaposed with the artist standing in front of it in a halo of light similar to the glow around the letters and not showing her eyes. Having a look at her Instagram account and overall social media/media presence you realize that all of her visuals are mostly pictures where you see her silhouette but no clear shape, she's always presented as a mystery. Having her perform the song that propelled her to stardom "Focus" wearing glasses to hide her eyes and standing in front of a blurry logo makes you wonder if the logo will clear up when/if she decides to let us see her eyes.

I personally think she already knows when she'll let us see more of her. If she plans on doing it but her stage name standing for Have Everything Revealed makes it feel like that's the plan.

After being brought to tears by the crowd, she thanks us and leaves only to reappear half a second later rapping like a young Lauryn Hill. Maybe the ovation took time from the scheduled break before the encore.

This was an amazing live performance. And made me want to see her perform again and in the same breath made me understand that it's artists that are this thoughtful of every details that goes in their performances that makes me want to see them live more than once to witness their growth.

She ended her show by letting us now that she was "only 21". She's only getting started.

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