All photos by Native Giants
‘Twas the night before an album release, when all through the Wiltern
plenty of creatures were stirring without much concern.
The acoustics were plugged in by the staircase with care,
in preparation for Secrets as they’d soon be there.
The children were nestled all snug on the floor,
while visions of past shows left them ready for more.
And Richard in his beanie, and us in our sweater,
had just settled our brains ‘cause our night just got better.
When out on the stage there arose such a clatter,
fans pulled out their smart phones as this was important matter.
Away to our seats we flew like a flash,
as we stuffed in our pockets, our extra bar cash.
The glee in the eyes of fans in attendance
gave the luster of fun and much independence,
when, what to my wondering ears should appear,
but a song of “Learn to Love,” it sounds so very clear.
With five well-dressed men, so lively and quick,
we knew in a moment it was Secrets.
More rapid than eagles, their lyrics they came,
the fans swiftly swooned as Richard he sang:
“You’re dodging each reflection
Mirrors haunt your soul, shake your bones
I think you’re missing something darling leave that hole it’s not your home
Of all the troubles that you worry over, leave those thoughts alone”
And then in a twinkling, we heard the band unwind
the prancing and pawing of their song “Left Behind.”
As we drew in our head and were turning around,
smiled we did, as our night had been crowned.
Dressed in warm clothes, from their heads to their feet,
the crowd sang along and snapped right on the beat.
The entryway behind them, facing their back,
if you looked close enough you might have seen Sherman’s crack.
Fans’ eyes–how they twinkled! Their dimples, how merry!
they sang right along and their voices did carry!
Progressing along, their set like a bow,
Richard then played a song all alone.
The mic up close, held tight near his teeth,
they lyrics he sang, held beauty like a wreath.
He had a sweet face and a voice of a bird,
fans watched on, holding on to each word.
We turned to the bar and gave them our Visa,
as the band then answered questions of pizza.
A wink in their eyes and a twist of our head
soon gave us thoughts of our favorite cheesy bread.
The band spoke more but then went to work,
filling the venue with love and some quirk.
And laying their fingers aside their guitars,
and giving a nod, like the rock stars they are.
Then giving thanks to the crowd, they sprang to the feet
And thus began the fan meet and greet.
With the show now over, and listeners out of sight,
The band we then thanked for one helluva night.