A regular reader picks from your best live version suggestions – Songhoy Blues, Grateful Dead and Neil Young among the performers selected
Here is this week’s playlist – songs picked by a reader from hundreds of suggestions in the comments on last week’s callout. Read more about how our weekly series works at the end of the piece.
In Spain, they say duende. Originally the word denoted a sprite or goblin, but is now used to signify the olé moment, when the spirit enters the performer, uniting audience and artist as one. That’s the deal with live music: it transports us from the humdrum, and as we leave the daily grind behind we feel something inside. Unbridled joy, spiritual contact, emotional release: call it what you will, but we have all felt it. As we begin our playlist, watch Javier Limón’s eyes express the privilege he feels playing his guitar alongside Concha Buika as she sings Oro Santo.