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Posted 30 November 2011 21:02
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James Blunt looks to make a connection
Christina Hennessy, Staff Writer
Published 06:01 p.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Like any good tourist, James Blunt has made the most of his travels this year, and he has the pictures, videos and online updates to prove it.

And, when the Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter comes to Foxwoods Resort Casino this week, he intends to keep up his sightseeing ways.

"The first thing I'm going to do when we get out to you is to (get) a bicycle and ride around," he said, in the hopes of soaking up the sights and sounds before he and his band take to the MGM Grand Theater stage, Friday, Dec. 2.

The concert is one of only two U.S. stops during the fall leg of the tour. Blunt and his band perform the next day in Atlantic City, N.J., at the Borgata Music Box.

"We came through Canada and the U.S. around Easter time, but this is kind of a last swing through North America," he said. "We are very much looking forward to it. We had so much fun there."

Joy, curiosity and excitement were sentiments that Blunt, 36, expressed often during a recent phone interview. Having earned a brief break, he was visiting friends in London before heading to the Netherlands to perform on the first night of the Night of the Proms, a series of annual concerts that teams classical and popular musicians.

It was a new experience for this England-born performer, who now lives on the Spanish island of Ibiza. However, Blunt hasn't been home all that much with his ongoing world tour. Already, he and his longtime band have traveled to more than 200 cities this year.

"We love what we do," Blunt said. "And we hope that enthusiasm ... is infectious to the audience."

The tour is in support of the release of his third album, "Some Kind of Trouble (Custard/Atlantic)," which came out in 2010.

Although the album is primarily a collaboration between Blunt and songwriter and producer Steve Robson, he also worked with Wayne Hector, Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin, The Bird & the Bee's Greg Kurstin, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Eg White.

"I work with people who become very close friends," Blunt said, adding that their influence allows him to widen his perspective, even when the lyrics are very personal.

"They get me to open my eyes and see things in different ways," he said.

"Some Kind of Trouble," is a follow-up to Blunt's second record, "All the Lost Souls (2007)," which featured the single "1973." It was a follow-up to his smash 2005 debut, "Back to Bedlam," a worldwide success that generated the hit "You're Beautiful."

As Blunt described it, the trio of releases follows an arc from innocence to cynicism and back to an earned hopefulness, which has been as equally shaped by Blunt's natural optimism as it is by some of the darker moments of doubt and cynicism he experienced after his first album.

"I've cleared the decks of all that," he said, "and this new album is much more innocent.

"Reclaiming innocence in any part of your life is very special," he added, noting that the music on this album reflects the feeling he had the first time he picked up a guitar at 14 and began writing his own music.

"These are the songs I have always wanted to write," he added.

Rollicking and upbeat, songs such as "Stay the Night," "Superstar" and "Dangerous" were not only fun to record for this third album, but also are great to play live, he said.

"We're going to make some noise," he said, laughing.

As to a favorite, Blunt said it would have to be "Superstar," adding that the song addresses the idea of fame and fortune as a measure of success.

"Maybe there is more to life," he said, having clearly earned some perspective in this department. "Maybe the smile on your face is the measure of success."

Or, it could be the level of fun you have when playing to a live audience, wherever that may be.

"To be performing songs in my language, to people who don't even speak my language, yet still understand the emotion and sentiment behind the song ... is a magical moment," Blunt said. "That connection, at such a deep and emotional level, can only be found through music," he added. "That connection with the audience is what I love the most."

Follow Christina Hennessy at http://twitter/@xtinahennessy

MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. $45-$25. 866-646-0609, www.foxwoods.com.
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At reading the end, yet was the whole, gave me goose bumps all over. Just got out of the shower and believe some hair just raised a bit. Oh boy! Thank you The Bluntfan. When we're able to connect it makes your person vulnerable, but the spirit soar in ways that's indescribable. Least that is what I've experienced inside. It is a language that all can be a part of and venture thru and thru. When I think of James in this way with his music, there's such a high respect in portraying in his most honest way his emotion with the world. With it I've noticed encouragement with a love unconditional. Understand there's a core value for each individual where our paths takes us, with that said, it's not becoming blind to your future but that knowing inward our lives of past make the human we become, even to our last breath. Appreciating it for downfalls and rising again. There are many avenues to look at who we are, but in the end it only comes down to one. Life is what we make of it, someone once said to me. There is significance in this, one will journey lightly when it's realised and worry less.  
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IT was a great concert at Foxwoods casino in CT on 12/2!!  awesome..

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