Saw Florence and the Machine in London as well. Even better than the Paris show. Absolutely brilliant.
Introducing one song Florence mentioned that her parents and family were in the audience. She said that she always felt that she needed to apologise to her parents because of the lyrics as they must worry there is something wrong with her. “So, here’s another one about death Mum” she said! So it was. This made me smile. When I was younger and writing lots of poetry I wouldn’t let my parents read them as I felt they were too revealing and they wouldn’t understand anyway. There was some dark themes. After my mum died I found lots of my old draft poems that I had discarded in amongst her things. It was quite touching.
Florence conveyed even more drama in this show. What the Water Gave Me and the lyric in that “Pockets full of stones” and a gentle squeeze on the shoulder from my OH. She looks out for me all the time and I know that. Sometimes she has little subtle ways of reminding me she is looking out for me and understands what I might be thinking. I am currently working through something I have sat on for a long time and affected me more deeply than I realised. That song with all its undertones taps into that.
All of which gives me an excuse to post some pictures from the London show. They are not great quality but, oh well! (click on image for larger version)