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Spotlight on music: Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes

Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst is an American singer-songwriter born in 1980 in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1993 at age 13, he began his recording career, and since then has produced a huge amount of material. His current main project is Bright Eyes (of which he is the only constant member). Conor Oberst was also the 14-year old singer and guitarist of Commander Venus, an indie rock band, in 1994. Oberst is also a guitarist and singer for the band Desaparecidos. He is one of the founding members of the indie record label Saddle Creek.

The music of Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes is very powerful, it is by far one of my top favorites. Conor has a knack for being able to write emotional and relatable lyrics, which then he conveys very powerfully into his music. The music could be best described as a folksy sometimes rock, sometimes not blend.

I will never forget the first time I saw Conor perform live. In front of a sold out crowd, he sat on a chair, playing his accoustic guitar. As he got to a particularly emotional part of a song, he began to cry. I just could not believe the amount of emotion and intensity that poured out of his lungs as he sung us his "deepest darkest secrets".

I highly recommend you check this band out. For a first listen, I would recommend the album "Fevers and Mirrors". In my opinion, it is about as close to perfection that an album can get. The songs flow from one into another, and different themes are present throughout the record. Conor sings of depression, and feeling overwhelmed by the world. When I feel sad and want to listen to sad music, it doesn't get any better than this.

Bright Eyes and the music of Conor Oberst is not for everyone. You may be taken back by his raw singing voice at first. But once you begin to feel the emotion coming out of each song, you will find it hard to turn away.

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