You probably know Glen Hansard from the outstanding movie ‘Once’, where the combination of his songs and great script gave him a great platform to deservedly raise his profile. I was lucky enough to meet him at a Barbican gig he did with Nico Muhly a few years back, and was struck at what a humble, genuine and passionate person he was. Only days before, I found out he knew Jeff Buckley(!!!), so chewed his ear off about that and was completely enamoured by the stories he had. This is a man whose only path in life is to make music; there is nowhere more comfortable for him than being on a stage playing songs.
The track I want to play you is a song from the astonishing album ‘For The Birds’, which is just so overwhelmingly beautiful that it gets me every time. The song is called ‘Headlong’, and it’s a ‘birth>to>death’ journey that feels as new today as the first day I heard it.