That is the only way in which I can describe this concert. Perhaps I should state that it was my first chance at seeing Joan live so I can not really compare it to any previous performance but I don't really need to. In my own experience, the emotion she conveyed in every song and the thrill she made us feel were beyond any other performace I have ever attended to.
From the moment she walked on stage, she made a connection with each one of us. She opened with "Lily of the West" and that set the mood for the evening. We became a bunch of old friends gathered to listen to what she had to say. And she had a lot to say that night.
She sang about time passing, happines and hopes. She moved us with "Love Song To A Stranger" - which had me into tears - and made us smile with "De Colores". She gave us a handful of precious gifts, such as "Gracias A La Vida" or "El Preso Numero Nueve" which was absolutely amazing and, to my mind, the highlight of the concert.
The band left the stage half way through it, leaving Joan alone with her guitar. And she treated us to some of the most beautiful singing I have ever heard. Including an a capella "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" that granted her a well deserved standing ovation.
At some point, someone in the audience requested "We Shall Over Come" and Joan was kind enough to jump into it. She sang the first verse and then made us repeat it to her. And we did, how could we not? We were mesmerized by then.
"Joe Hill", "Forever Young" or "Scarlet Tide" were mixed with old favourites of her Spanish audiences such as "La Llorona", "Llegó con tres heridas" or "Farewell Angelina".
She was having fun and so were we. During a particularly happy Portuguese song (which title I can't remember at the moment) she even did an impromptu dance that had us cheering with joy.
She finished the concert with a few encores and naturally "Blowing in the Wind".
The standing ovation she got lasted for a few minutes and, had she not walked off stage, it could have lasted all night long, such was our desire to show the lady how much we loved her that night - and years to come.
Please, Joan, come back soon!