Experiencing God Through Bon Iver

Last night my wife and I attended a mind blowing concert by the Wisconsin band Bon Iver.  Bon Iver’s self titled second album was released earlier this year, and in my opinion is by far the best album of the year.   What makes Bon Iver so incredible is the way that they take a bunch of random, and odd sounds and bring them together to make something beautiful.  At any one moment the nine person band could all be singing in harmony, one of their two drummers could be soloing, there could be a clarinet solo, a trombone creating just a layer of noise, a massive saxophone (is there such thing as a bass sax) making bizarre noises, trumpet valves being used as percussion, with Justin Vernon’s falsetto rising above it all.  If you were to hear any of these parts on their own you could not envision that when layered together they would create a breathe taking soundscape, but that is exactly what happens. Continue reading