"I'm at the bottom rung of the ladder, baby, how could I keep climbin' on up?" asks Vikesh Kapoor on the original folk song "Bottom of the Ladder." But it's the next lines that make the image indelible and universal: "Here I stand with a lightning rod in my hand, but the light strikes at the top."
The haze of the cigarette smoke from the night hung in the sunlight peaking through the bar's pane glass windows. The staff had run in circles attempting to prep the bar for the Sunday patronage and touching up whatever happened the night before.
A side project of John Wendland and Andy Ploof of Rough Shop, the Wilhelms are an acoustic duo with a penchant for solid songwriting, intertwining strings and soaring harmonies.
As autumn settles itself in comfortably, "Let's Be Still" provides that last bit of summer warmth. Let the Head and the Heart ease the transition.
A night like Tuesday night at the Pageant can be described in so many ways, but none of them carry a negative connotation.
Since its self-titled release in 2009, Seattle's the Head and the Heart has earned the adoration of fans and critics alike for crafting vulnerable, indie-folk sing-alongs.