I’m not normally an obsessive fan, but I lovelovelove the raspy voice and great lyrics of Kentucky-born Joan Osborne, who I finally saw in concert for the first time last night after discovering her years ago through a favorite New York radio station, WFUV. If you know her music, you know it’s bluesy and belted with a power that seems unimaginable. She played a bunch of stuff from her new album, while the guy behind me kept shouting out his urgent request for “One Of Us” at regular intervals, which if you are a Joan Osborne fan, you know as her huge hit from 1995. I really wanted to hear it as well, but let him yell for me.
She finally sang it and the guy behind me and I went totally nuts with joy. I admit it, I burst into tears because that song gets me every time:
“What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus, trying to make his way home?”
If I were a minister, it would be my only hymn.
Here’s a funky video of her singing “St. Teresa”, complete with mandolin. Enjoy!