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I turned up at tonight's gig tired and stressed and not really in the mood for this, I left however smiling and bobbing my head to the happy melodies in my head. It turns out MJ Hibbett and the Validators are the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life and I think that's exactly what they're meant to be. Their highly entertaining set included the title track of their album, 'This Is Not A Library', 'The Symbol Of Our Nation' (a pub by the way) and 'You Will Be Hearing From My Solicitor'. As you can tell simply from the titles their songs revolve around the wry ironies of life but viewed from the most positive point of view. It's Brilliant! They're Brilliant! The polar opposite of the comfy middle class kids complaining about how bad everything is, here we have the comfy middle class middle aged Hibbett and crew telling us that actually 'everything's turning out all right and everything'. It's the humour and phrasing that accompanies these marvellous philosophies that gives them their special charm. Comprised of drums, bass, guitars, vocals, harmonies and errr... violin. There's a gentle folk lilt cleverly using the violin for the solo's showing there doesn't have to be excessive finger work going on for something to be effective, or maybe that should be affecting. It's very funny how one small group of people playing in a little venue can have such a profound effect on you but sod you to all the miseries and moaning minnies, I'm in Hibbett's camp, I'm an optimist and I'm going to thrill in all the crazy unique intricacies of this life we call our own. In his own words, 'Given the chance to choose or pick between despairing of life or taking delight in it I'll take the latter, because it makes me happy, and that's what it's all about'!
Hang on, middle class? Middle AGED?!?! I'm 33! YIPE!
posted 26/5/2004 by MJ Hibbett
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