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Tallest Man on Earth at the Ptit Bonheur la Chance

February 10, 2011

I was ALMOST overtaken by lethargy in the last couple of days. Don’t know why, but after not having time to post yesterday I almost decided not to post today. In fact, I attended an open mic both days, and as I look through the videos I realize the strongest story of the two days of open mics has to do with The Tallest Man on Earth at the Ptit Bonheur la Chance open mic on Tuesday, rather than anything that happened at the nevertheless excellent Highlander open mic last night.

So what is all this about the Tallest Man on Earth? Well, The Tallest Man on Earth is the name of a Swedish folk singer who is of normal height and born in 1983. His real name is Kristian Matsson.

Now why am I talking about this? Well, no, he did not come to Ollie’s open mic. But what was unusual was that two musicians who were, one of whom was from France but who has a Swedish parent as well as a French parent, and the other musician being from the United States and spending time in France, both did different songs by this same artist who is really not THAT well known.

So it was that Corey sang “King of Spain,” by The Tallest Man on Earth, and Fanny Batt sang another of this singer songwriter’s songs. Great stuff from both of them.

Almost forgot. I cannot leave out this unusual rendition also at Ollie’s open mic of Whole Lotta Love, by Led Zep… sung by a woman, Alice…. Very cool idea and performance.

P.S., in listening to the Tallest Man on Earth on his myspace I realize that I heard this guy a few months ago for the first time after someone recommended him, and of course I was struck by how he sounded like young Bob Dylan a little, or even like in the same vein as today’s Texas in Paris.

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