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Tree Revival

Posted by Dani Capalbo  November 19, 2007 12:59 PM

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Fans know campfire crooner Jason Anderson best for his intimate live shows, where he sparks as many life-affirming moments as heartfelt sing-a-longs.

That said, I'd still swear his show Saturday night was inimitable.

The K Records rocker played a bright room on the fourth floor of the BU Hillel House. For over an hour, he led the crowd like a folk-rock preacher through humble, heartbreaking, and hopeful originals; then, he carried his acoustic guitar outside and across the street. The venue was closing and our energy was still high, so Anderson played under the yellowing leaves of a nearby tree until the cops showed up.

In the crisp cold, the elementary-school teacher threw some classroom gems into the set, like "Pizza Is Awesome" and the "Thanksgiving Song." Passers-by (the park was on campus) craned their necks to see us flap our faux-turkey wings and shout "OK!" when Anderson suggested in song that we order a pizza. (Pizza really is awesome!) He even catered to one passer-by, playing "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, before losing the guitar to rap ”This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan.

When cops arrived, we were howling like wolves at the chorus of a song about Anderson’s uncle. Our group had hardly dwindled – a feat on a freezing November night – and we looked over at the officer who’d joined us. "Can we do one more?" Anderson asked. The officer nodded, and we finished the night huddled close together, singing about snow.

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