June 23, 2012

KIND OF MAGIC:

Glen Hansard is doing just swell (Maryam Siddiqi, Jun 19, 2012, National Post)
  
Glen Hansard knows how to tell a story, which is fantastic if you're a journalist because he'll answer questions without having to be asked, and the conversation will flow naturally to unlikely subjects.

But it might be a challenge if you're a publicist, particularly one who's trying to manage a strict interview schedule, because no matter how emphatically you're tapping your finger on your watch, journalists (this one, anyway) won't want to interrupt Hansard, 42, remembering how, as a nervous 20-year-old, he celebrated Van Morrison's 50th birthday with him, singing and playing guitar together. "We didn't talk. At all. We just sang," he says. "The guitar had four strings on it when we finished."

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Just days before Hansard was in Toronto for interviews this past May, he played a small show in New York and shared a song with another famous Irish singer during his birthday week -- Bono. "You kind of forget that here's a guy from the biggest rock band in the world, and he doesn't do this, ever. He doesn't jam," Hansard says. "So it was nice to see him do that."

And a week or so before that, Hansard played the New Orleans Jazz Festival and was asked to sing with Mavis Staples. "I met her before she went on and she invited me to sing in tribute to Levon [Helm], but my god, man. I stood at the side of the stage, and honestly it was the best show I've ever seen. She's just all light," he says, awe still in his voice.

"I feel like, how blessed a life have I managed to live that I bump into Mavis, have this brief conversation about Levon and the next thing I know I'm singing with her. That's the kind of magic that I definitely signed up for in this life," he explains. "It says a lot for, if you're there, it can happen. If you're available to the muse or to the magic, it will come and land on your shoulder."



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