the average American, perhaps the ones who only follow the top 20, may have
forgotten about Darren Hayes when Savage Garden split but for those of us
who were left breathless by his talent he has been with us all along. After I saw
Savage Garden at the Ohio State Fair in 2000 I bought the DVD,
Superstars and Cannonballs (Live in Australia), and have
it more times than I will probably admit. I paid attention when his first solo
album, Spin, came out in 2002
The Tension and the Spark in 2004.
Darren’s angelic voice
never left my head or my CD player and for seven years I waited for another
chance to hear him live.
That's why I suckered Jim
into driving 5 hours with me to Borders
in Chicago. So far I have stood 5 hours and after Darren sings 5 songs
I will stand another 2 hours to get his autograph. It is excessive,
expensive and physically painful.
I am unduly
satisfied, though, as I listen to to Darren Hayes belt 'Truly Madly Deeply' across
foot space of tightly jammed chairs. I think they were placed there as crowd control; for we have now spilled out into the bookshelves and
overflowed into the CD displays.
It is like he is my TV,
only 3D and interactive. As I lean to the right to see around the
black speaker that has obstructed his face he leans to his left and smiles.
I imagine the line of my section of crowd,
leaning like the Tower of Pisa, is even more distracting than the constant
clicking of cameras and flashes of light that his audience has become. He continues
with 'I Like the Way' and 'Void' from The Tension and the Spark and
then introduces his closing song
from his new album with a story about why he wrote it.
But wait…maybe I’ve
gotten ahead of myself. Maybe I need to back up a little bit. Maybe I
need to travel back in time...
Darren with his
Sizzle extra shizzle lizzle'
(See his blog for December 02, 2007)