It was a strange night, to be sure. But anyone following Cat Power over the years knows to expect some erratic moments.
Don't assume she's drugged up or drunk. I've seen her interviewed and she's all over the map when she's sober.
Last night she was nervous, manic, strange presence on stage. It didn't always make sense. She rambled, started and stopped songs. But the voice is there, and it's beautiful.
If people had stopped playing with their phones & talking at the bar, they might have witnessed a flawed, uncomfortable, but weirdly magical performance.
You don't go to a Cat Power show expecting things to go well, that's part of the charm. You know it will probably veer off the tracks. Things will get rough. But you stick it out for the moments when she shines.
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