Hi everyone!! Hope everyone is well! 🙂
I was just having some thoughts and wanted to pop in to chat with you for a sec.
This will be only a little “non-Hozier” and personal, but I think it may be enjoyable, especially for animal lovers.
First, I want to share with you all (you’re the first to know! I haven’t even told my mother lol. Wait, I did tell my sister) my family has a new addition. Her name is Paisley, and she is a gift from nature. (That means she just showed up or was dropped off here.)
She’s a teensy little girl and is much like having a new baby. My kids are in school so her care falls on yours truly! (Yawn…)
Having said all that, I want to ask your forgiveness if I miss posting any game winners on Twitter or Instagram. I want to really focus hard on training our little girl before Hozier releases new music! I will absolutely require every spare moment I can grab to obsess over his new songs and interviews. And videos!
Being a dog lover himself, I feel like Hozier would even prefer I give a lot of focus to Paisley right now. ❤
Also, many of you know how much Karel has going on, too, so we certainly understand any tweeting she misses as well. As devoted fans, we are fortunate so many of you run top of the line, top quality fan accounts for us all to enjoy during these little lulls. We are ready to go hard though, at the first mention of any news!
If anyone wants to tweet or IG the winners, feel free and we’ll definitely get it retweeted/reposted!
Meanwhile, it is so great seeing the games going on in the group and all the great posts. The winners are always posted there faithfully, thanks to our fabulous hosts.
Here are some picture of Little Paisley for you. 🙂
She is really a sweetheart!
Something else on my mind is the Hozier 24/7 Birthday Project. You know we’ve been keeping a link to donate to ISPCC but will really concentrate on this wonderful organization for Hozier’s birthday next year.
If we have any artists, photographers, or any kind of crafts people who want to be thinking of things you’d like to auction for the “Birthday Bash” we’d be so thrilled to get on board with you and support your efforts.
What could be better? You get the satisfaction of contributing to a great cause (while making our group proud) and also we will spread your name and give you some well deserved publicity. I know we have a lot of great, talented people, so I hope to see some of your items up for auction or sale in January! We’ll be talking about it more closer to time. Just putting this out there early. 🙂
If anyone has been busy, away from internet, or in a coma, lately we have been thrilled by Hozier’s interview on RTE 2 FM. He, of course, revealed he is working on that highly sought-after, in-demand sophomore album and is even at the point of trimming away songs he does NOT want to include. (It’s so close I can almost hear it, guys!!!!) If you missed it, check with us in the group or on Twitter and we can hook you up with that interview.
He supported Artists Repeal (Repeal the 8th). Check out his shredding talent!
*Hozier shreds the 8th*
Lastly, but not least, we received some HUGE excitement as we heard that longtime Hozier 24/7 members Lisette and Sharon won tickets to his Sofar Dublin gig. This is not the last you will hear about this! We are thrilled and absolutely cannot wait to share their fun and excitement. There is sure to be plenty of both. We are with them in spirit every moment. 🙂
“Hozier to Play Sofar Gig in Dublin for Give a Home”
Thanks for reading!!! Hope everyone is having a ridiculously great week! Just remember, if your winning post isn’t posted outside the group… it’s not you, it’s Paisley! And send me good puppy-nurturing wishes. Haha! Love you guys ❤
Hello, everyone! Hope this finds Hozier fans doing fabulously well, wherever you may be.
Let’s talk about some game winners we’ve had this week. Lee Young won host Karel’s Fun Fact Friday with what is, as far as we know, an exclusive to Hozier 24/7 video of Hozier performing with Trinity Orchestra: “My Body is a Cage”. Thank you so much, Lee!!! We thoroughly enjoyed seeing this. It’s obvious why Lee’s winning entry gets top mention here. Exciting for us, right?!
Juliana Leal Saula won Anastasia’s Scholarly Saturday with her favorite song by Nina Simone, I Put a Spell On You while her co-winner Deborah Ann Bennett was reminded of Bill Withers’ Use Me.
For Juliana’s Sultry Sunday, there were two winners, Cathy and Sharon, with wonderful entries:
We were excited to see Hozier’s manager, Caroline Downey post on social media about Hozier’s having been featured in Grace Coddington’s new book: Grace: The American Vogue Years. These images of the extraordinary book were seen on Ms. Downey’s Instagram:
Several fans were excited to go buy their copy! (Please let us know if you ordered and when you receive your book, so we can share your excitement!)
Our longtime friend, member, and art blogger, Lucy posted this neat collage:
Hozier was seen out and about this week in Dublin by Instagramers Dublin. He was so gracious to do a quick video for them and they were extremely kind to tweet it:
Instagramers Dublin Twitter.
He’s been seen enjoying Longitude BUT HANG ON A SEC, THIS JUST IN: A member is reporting that Hozier just performed a set at Longitude… Stay tuned! I’ll definitely be watching the group for updates on this! You are welcome to join us here: Hozier 24/7. Did he join Mumford and Sons? I don’t know. Just going to hold out for further details! 🙂
This is what we have so far:
As for group insights… the theme this week seems to be “Trading Places”. Karel and Pat swapped places in our top 9 most active, just as Lima, Peru swapped places with New York, NY in our most active locations. Thank you, Karel, Pat, and Peru! See you again soon, NY! 😉
We have gained twelve members in the last week. Welcome to all of you!
Oh lookie. As I’m speaking to you, member Julia has shared this with us. Buzz.ie reports Hozier did in fact perform. Check it out here!
Next time I get back to you I will make it a point to go more in depth on our group insights. For now, I want to share, in closing, a new thing we are doing in the group for complaints.
When one is received, the person will be asked to fill out a very brief questionnaire, which will be sent to our (new) moderator/file manager, Emily and/or our four moderators, Phil, Pat, Karel, and Marion. Probably all five. This is so that your problem can be solved fairly and quickly.
(By the way, thank you again Emily for stepping aboard!!)
Thanks for reading and for being part of the group!!! You are loved and appreciated, Hozier fans! ❤
It’s been a little while since we caught up here, so I thought I’d pop by and talk about what little bit of goings on there are to discuss.
We all know it’s kind of quiet in Hozierville right now and that’s perfectly okay. We have reason to believe magic is a brewin’. 🙂
Not least of all because of the little rumor going around that Hozier has very recently been in the studio with Producer Extraordinaire Ryan Tedder. Please allow me to repeat that this is a rumor. We know nothing for certain, but we are revelling in the essence of possibility.
Before I go any further, let me greet friends we haven’t met yet and welcome you to Hozier 24/7. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram. All are welcome in our Facebook group and on the page. Speaking of Facebook group, one of our members dug up a buried treasure this week, which you are invited to come see. That would be a video posted October 2015 of Hozier performing the Irish ballad, The Wind That Shakes the Barley. It is mesmerizing, but of course that’s no surprise. The lyrics are as follows (for those of you who, like me, are suckers for great lyrics):
- I sat within a valley green,
- I sat there with my true love,
- My sad heart strove the two between,
- The old love and the new love, –
- The old for her, the new that made
- Me think of Ireland dearly,
- While soft the wind blew down the glade
- And shook the golden barley.
- Twas hard the woeful words to frame
- To break the ties that bound us
- Twas harder still to bear the shame
- Of foreign chains around us
- And so I said, “The mountain glen
- I’ll seek next morning early
- And join the brave United Men!”
- While soft winds shook the barley.
- While sad I kissed away her tears,
- My fond arms ’round her flinging,
- The foeman’s shot burst on our ears,
- From out the wildwood ringing, –
- A bullet pierced my true love’s side,
- In life’s young spring so early,
- And on my breast in blood she died
- While soft winds shook the barley!
- I bore her to the wildwood screen,
- And many a summer blossom
- I placed with branches thick and green
- Above her gore-stain’d bosom:-
- I wept and kissed her pale, pale cheek,
- Then rushed o’er vale and far lea,
- My vengeance on the foe to wreak,
- While soft winds shook the barley!
- But blood for blood without remorse,
- I’ve ta’en at Oulart Hollow
- And placed my true love’s clay-cold corpse
- Where I full soon will follow;
- And round her grave I wander drear,
- Noon, night and morning early,
- With breaking heart whene’er I hear
- The wind that shakes the barley!
Very worthy of mention is the fact that this past week, we welcomed two new Hozier Games hosts aboard: Juliana and Alicia. We’re excited to have them! Juliana’s game is going on right now- a glasses theme- so you still have time to play or vote! Alicia’s first winner was Deborah with this mighty cool gif:
Cathy won Sultry Sunday last time with this gorgeous entry:
Other things that had us chattering this week were when Hozier tweeted some political memes, written about in The Daily Edge and when he said Little Dragon’s Ritual Union album is an “unmitigated banger-fest.” I checked out a couple of songs and can tell you, he’s not telling a story there.
For many of us, Hozier is our very favorite artist, the sun in our sky, so to speak. We delight in hearing his voice as often as possible and just keeping up with all the amazing things he does. It’s a gift that we have fellow members/fans with whom we can share conversations and enthusiasm, so now I’d like to thank our Top Contributors from the last twenty-eight days. Thank you for being the “Blood” of this group. ❤
Also, thanks to these people in these locations for viewing and interacting. You rock!!
We have 2,670 active members this past month out of 4,553 total members and Thursday would appear to be our most active day. 2,670 is pretty good for a relatively new artist who hasn’t been touring in some time, I think!
So much thanks to you all for posting, reading, checking out our content, and just having our love for Hozier in your newsfeed!
Before I go, I just want to tell you about our friend Lucy and her fan art blog. She spotlights artists who love Hozier like we do and she does a lot of giveaways you may want to check out too. Go visit her here!
Okay, it has been nice chatting. Hope you join us on any of our platforms and have a great week! 🙂
As promised, today is a day for me to catch up on posting Hozier Games winners! For several weeks, posting across all our platforms has been a little hit-and-miss, so this post will hopefully cover all the missed ones.
For those just joining us, we have busied ourselves with these games since Hozier’s two year tour ended. We had become quite spoiled by daily news, videos, tweets, and/or photos of him. We needed a little something to soften the blow of his almost-absence.
Beth Collins is our Sultry Sunday game host, and I should add that she is quite a wonderful host. Here are some of her recent winners:
Yes, if you didn’t already know, Sunday is a favorite in Hozier 24/7! Thanks, Beth, and thanks to all who play. 🙂
Our Meme Monday host has changed recently. Samantha needed to step down for now, but we are so thankful for the meme fun she gave us. Our new host is Clarice and she is just as splendid! Mondays are lots of fun. Here are some of her winners (and her game posts too- if you are a longtime member or avid player, you’ll spot Clarice in one of these immediately:
Ok, spoiler alert: There’s Clarice in the second photo ^ wearing pink, with Amy, making their own Hozier sandwich, à la Saturday Night Live.
Some more of her Meme Monday winners:
and one made by Samantha plus one of her winners:
Thanks, Samantha, Clarice, and all our Meme Monday players!
Carrie Hawkins Zapf is our Tickled Tuesday host. As you can imagine, we are always tickled on Tuesdays! Some of her more popular winners are:
Bianca hosts Watch Me Wednesday for us, which gives us the opportunity to watch all our favorite videos or video clips together. Here are a few of those winners:
From Emanuela: Hozier – Problem (Ariana Grande cover in the Live Lounge)
Deborah (this is her own video): Hozier at Manchester Apollo 6.2.2016 Young American (David Bowie Tribute)
Pat (video created by member Crystal): HOZIER – “RUN” with LYRICS
Submitted by Juliana (and dearly loved by many of us): Hozier: Sweet Thing (Van Morrison Cover) – Naked Noise Session
Sharon (her own video): Hozier – Arsonist’s Lullabye (Palladium Cologne 21-02-2016)
Thanks for always giving us a very entertaining and Hozierlicious Wednesday, Bianca!
Pat is our wonderful Throwback Thursday host. Who doesn’t love seeing all the fun and adorable throwbacks?? Yes, I know we are all dying for that super duper throwback (Andrew as a very little one), but these will certainly do. Here are some of her winners:
Many thanks to Pat and all the participants! We just love those. Definitely search the group for TBT if you want to see some great things. 🙂
Karel is our sweet host for Fun Fact Friday. This is a day where we share- you guessed it- fun facts! Here are a few of her winners:
Thank you, Karel and everyone! How we delight in those fun Hozier facts!
Finally, to close out our week with some brain food, delightful Scholarly Saturday host Anastasia brings some nuggets of wisdom to our attention. Some of the recent winners of her day are:
Thanks, Anastasia!! You make Saturdays deeply enriching. (Seriously, you all need to head over to the group to bear witness to Anastasia’s completely brilliant posts.)
There we have it! Our week from start to finish. Hozier and you all make our days SO much fun.
Looking forward to seeing who our winner is tomorrow! 🙂
What a thrill to discover today that longtime Hozier fan and Hozier 24/7 member Lisette Broeken has joined our team and donated to ISPCC!
Furthermore, she had this to say:
“I love Andrew, and love H24/7. This group partly helped me through my bad days of unemployment, with news, fun, etc..Just found a great new job, and I love to donate a small part of my first paycheck, received today, to this great cause!”
What a privilege to have her on our team and in our group.
With Hozier’s birthday being a little under ten months away, our group’s kindness continues to mesmerize. 🙂
How fortunate Lisette’s employer is to have her!! We are all so happy she likes her new job. There’s nothing better than seeing things work out as they should for truly outstanding people.
Lisette is in great company on our group’s ISPCC team of donors with Nancy, Pat, Emily, Karel, Phil, Audie, Amanda, Janet, and Marion.
This is not a plea for donations (you know it’s our birthday event), but it would not feel right to not post our link for those who would very much like to donate at this time. For that reason, I’ll go ahead and leave it with you:
Lisette was greeted by our sweet Andrew (okay, Hozier, to be less mushy) in Lisbon as well as at the O2 Silver Clefs Awards in London. She kindly shared her experiences with us and the joy was palpable! It’s so funny the way we all get so excited for our fellow fans as if we are there with them. Thankfully, Lisette made it feel as though we were!
Here she is with him in London:
(Edited since this post spotlights Lisette 🙂 )
Read more about this prestigious award here.
Hozier and Barry Gibb:
image from Nordoff Robbins
Hozier attends the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on July 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Please visit Flickr to view photos of his Lisbon show which Lisette shared with us in the group. She can be seen on the front row. Looks like it was quite a show!
Also check out the great review he got in Lisbon here.
From photographer, Luis Sousa:
We always like to revisit our memories and photos we haven’t seen in a bit, so it’s fun to share those here. That’s it for this post, but stay tuned… Catching up on Hozier Games winners in the very near future is the plan. Looking forward to it, as seeing the winning entries are always fun.
Thank you again, Lisette!! It was also fun to take a stroll down your memory lane. We’re all looking forward to future shows with you. May your career be long, satisfying, and prosperous!
Hello Hozier fans!
This is just an additional little introductory post to get rid of that “write your first post” space! 🙂 (This is technically not the first post. Obviously.)
Many of you are familiar with Hozier 24/7, especially if you are reading this. We started out as a few people who met on Twitter after becoming devotees of Hozier, going as far back as 2013. We moved to a group on Facebook because 140 characters could not say all we had to express about him! (I’m sure you can imagine the frustration of being stifled while trying to express all that.)
You can find links to some of our other platforms on the header and footer of this blog. We don’t have widgets for all of them just yet.
Oh hey, I don’t want to forget to remind you that if you have something you’d like to share here as a guest author, we’d all love to hear from you! It can be a Hozier memory, a story about the effect of his music on your life, an exciting concert review, or anything you think your fellow fans may want to enjoy.
Emily’s story got rave reviews (you can read it here) and I’m sure so will any future stories about our experiences as fans.
We can’t thank you enough, Emily!!
This is your platform to make use of as you will and to celebrate all things Hozier! Please get in touch and ask for an invite to blog anytime you are inclined. Your language matters not, since we also have a fancy schmancy Google Translate button in the footer.
Notice: Everyone is welcome. 🙂
Here is a fun interview Hozier did for Virgin Radio UK July 4, 2016. I think he mentions us at the 25:25 mark. One of our video goddesses, Letha and Emily, have in fact saved it for us in the group, I’m 99.99% sure. (They are our saviors!) So to the question that comes in frequently from new members, “Does he know about Hozier 24/7?” the answer is yes, maybe even more than he’d like! *heehee*
This is a banner he signed for a much-loved, longtime member named Lily E.:
from New Orleans JazzFest, member and photographer Joanna Bowyer Fan Girl Fotos:
That’s all for now. If you’re just now joining Hozier 24/7, welcome to the family and happy Hoziering!!
Every single detail? That’s what I would want if I was reading about someone’s Hozier concert experience. However, that’s just me and maybe not everyone wants every…little…detail. I suppose I will tell the story to the best of my recollection, with every little detail, and hopefully not bore everyone. I will start with the pre-concert prep.
What to wear? I was a bit nervous about dress code as this was a benefit concert. I am not the type to dress too fancy. If I’m not mistaken, the last time I wore a dress (and maybe the only time I willingly wore a dress) was at my wedding 15 years ago. I felt a little squeeze in my throat when I read Karel’s message informing me that some people were wearing evening gowns to this thing. I had decided to go with black slacks. Can I go wrong with black slacks? I also decided that I would buy a super cool, super hip leather jacket. Rock n’ Roll coupled with black slack class. That’ll work, right? This also would allow me to wear the uniform (the black and plaid checker shirt that has been begging to go to a Hozier gig). If I wore it under the jacket, it wouldn’t be too “loud” at this classy affair. Right? All of this thought went into the wardrobe, and then I found out that dress code was “jeans encouraged”. Thank God! Jeans it is!! I still was excited to wear the new jacket I bought as well as the uniform.
As it turns out, I left my brand new, super cool, rock ‘n roll jacket hanging on the back of one of my dining room chairs. Yup…that’s about right. Oh well, no going back, I’m already at the airport. Time to start Periscoping to everyone! This made me both nervous and feel stupid as I was walking through the airport talking to my phone. I had not used Periscope before and it was all live, so whatever stupid mistakes I make using it is going to be on the internet with no recourse for erasing the mistake from history. Surprisingly, the first broadcast went smoothly as soon as I could figure out how to flip the camera around. Click here to watch the Periscope videos.
The plane landed and I hopped into a cab to get to my hotel room. There were a few things that I noticed right away about San Francisco (I had never been). It was way greener than Arizona. Sometimes when I travel to other states my eyes go into shock seeing so much green. Big pine trees and brush lined the interstate. The airport seemed to be on the outskirts of town and as we got closer to the big city I started to notice the interesting architecture and the antiquity of the city.
I walked up to the hotel front desk to be greeted by a very nice gentleman who asked me why I was in town. He had no idea who Hozier was. I’m shocked at how often I get the same response. “Who’s Hose-er?”. “He sings Take Me to Church”, I respond. “Oh, I think I know that one.” Sheesh! People are weird! 😉
I was “on a mission from God”. I had a Blues Brothers photoshopped picture of Andrew dressed as a Blues Brother printed on glass that I wanted to give him as well as another one for him to sign for me. I didn’t waste much time. It was only about 1:30pm (doors open at 6), but I was prepared to wait it out. After all, missions from God are serious business (Blues Brothers reference). I put my belongings into the room and started out for the venue. It as only 4 or 5 blocks away from the hotel, so I just walked. When I arrived I felt a pang of excitement as I saw the Marquee. “Benefit for Bread and Roses presents: Hozier”. Holy guacamole! It was getting real. This is so frickin’ cool!
After only about 15-20 minutes of waiting (which included someone trying to sell me a watch and other people shouting inaudible words and profanities) a black, coach-style bus pulled up. Wow…that could be him. “Ok get your act together”, I thought. I pulled the Blues Brothers picture out of my bag so he wouldn’t be waiting on me to dig it out and started the Periscope. I had prepared what I was going to say to him. First I would have to get his attention. It would be a shame for him to just walk by as I stood there with my jaw on the ground! I was going to say, “I have a gift for you”. Perfect. I don’t know anyone who would not stop for a gift! Then once he has stopped I could ask him if he’d like to say anything to the H 24/7 fan club and to say hi to Beth. I knew that would make her day…maybe even her year. Then I would see if he would be generous enough to sign my picture. Like most things in life, it didn’t quite go as planned.
He took me by surprise when he pulled up behind the bus in a black SUV (I expected him to come out of the bus). It…was…surreal. It felt like I was watching another YouTube video of some fan encounter. This time I was the fan. Yes….very surreal. I was the only fan there, but there were important people for the event awaiting his arrival. I knew I had to jump in before he gets tied down with them or walks into the venue. He started walking towards me (well lets be real, he was walking towards the door. I was just blocking it). Just as planned, my practiced lines spewed out of my mouth. “Andrew, I have a gift for you.” Yes! The planning paid off. It worked and he stopped. The rest of the interaction, however, was pure instinct. I don’t recall my thoughts or feelings or why I did what I did. All I can do is watch the video to see what happened.
After I ended the Periscope session I texted Karel. She needed to get down here! I texted her and she replied with an “OMG” and was asking for fashion advice. Ok Karel. I love you girl, but first of all, if you are asking me for fashion advice, you really don’t know me. But secondly, just get over here!!!
After texting Karel and commenting on Facebook that I think I just crapped myself, I heard what sounded like an Angel from heaven seeping out from the doors of the venue. Ok this is serious…who do I text? Why isn’t everyone here? Oooo that sounds lovely. How do I get them here? To Be Alone! OMG! Ok calm down and think. I decided to text Clarice because she organized a meeting at 4. I thought maybe at the very least she could spread the word and get people to the venue. After I texted her I decided to turn on Periscope so everyone else could hear what I was hearing. I’ll spare you the rest of the sound check details as most of it is on the Periscope video.
Karel, Maryanne, a very sweet woman named Anne Marie (not from the group) and I waited outside the doors hoping Andrew would come out. Apparently, he did, though I have no recollection of him coming out, or who nabbed him. All I remember is Karel getting a selfie with him and Maryanne getting an autograph and chatting with him. Somehow I decided to take video. No clue why I didn’t turn on Pericope. My brain was officially off. I was so tempted to get a selfie with him as well and get him to sign my photo, but I felt he was in a hurry and didn’t want to further bother him. I don’t know why I felt that way. Looking back at the video with his interaction with Maryanne, he looked very laid back and patient. But like I said…brain was off.
We waited a little longer and Clarice, a woman named Rita and her husband showed up. We thought it was likely Andrew wouldn’t be back to the venue until the doors open, so we decided to take a load off and get something to eat and something cold to drink. I hadn’t eaten at all that day and had been standing a long time and was super thirsty. Thus begins our wild goose chase. How hard is it to find a bar in downtown San Fransisco you ask? Harder than one may think! Side note: If you are still reading this, I applaud your perseverance.
One of the funnier moments of the evening was going through “skid row”. We were trying to find a nice establishment to eat and drink (but we’d settle for just drink at this point) and we went through a really, really shady part of town. Some examples of things we saw in San Fransisco: I saw a syringe on the ground, a tent on the sidewalk, people whistling and speaking nonsense and Karel saw someone…well let’s just say doing something very inappropriate in the alley. We walked by people lined up on the sidewalk as Clarice said loudly enough for everyone on that sidewalk to hear, “This is shady guys! Let’s get out of here!” Karel and I just put our heads down and pushed forward. Leave now, laugh later.
We finally found a decent place and after some cold drinks we headed back to the venue to prepare for ingress. When we got there we found other H 24/7 members. Megan and Lisa Noble, Amy Mcgraw-pate, Maryanne’s daughter Bree, Janet Miller, and I later found out that Raquel Antoinette was there, but unfortunately we never connected. I found out from those that were there waiting that Andrew had already walked back in, but apparently he just walked straight in without stopping. This made me feel good about our decision to go for drinks as we didn’t miss any Andrew interaction. Here is a picture of Andrew walking back into the venue.
Time to walk in! We went through the doors and found out that our seating was up in the balcony. This came as a surprise as we had bought VIP tickets. I thought we would be at a table on the floor. Although this originally came as a disappointment, after thinking about it for a while I actually liked the idea of being up there. It would be a good vantage point and I don’t have to worry about holding my phone above my head to record the concert.
When we arrived we were told to not go up to the balcony yet because Andrew was doing a meet and greet up there. Thoughts about how to pose as an employee crossed my mind. I would totally be willing to serve drinks to Andrew. Maybe I will walk upstairs and act like I’m turned around. If I get caught I could act so innocent and confused. “Oh I’m sorry! I was told my seats are up here!” *bats eyelashes* Karel shared similar schemes and ideas with me that may have worked to get us up there, but nah…too many people guarding the stairs. We may as well hit the bar!
We ordered some drinks and of course my eyes focused every once in a while on the balcony where Andrew was. He’s so tall that I knew as soon as he stood up he would stick out like a sore thumb and after a few minutes he did stand up…and he did stick out like a sore thumb. This is weird. He’s right upstairs….and…I…am…excited!!!
The VIP meet and greet with Lukas Nelson and HoneyHoney was fun. I met a lot of cool people and had fun trying to find the brie and pear puff pastry guy for Karel (I think she liked those more than she likes Andrew). I told her that if I talk to Andrew with pastry crumbs all over my shirt that she would be to blame. She seemed ok with that.
We talked with Lukas Nelson and he complimented me on my shirt (thankfully crumbless), likely because he was wearing a very similar one. The thought crossed my mind, that if I had to guess who would make a comment on the uniform it wouldn’t have been Lukas Nelson. Apparently, Lukas totally messed with Karel and told her that he was with HoneyHoney. Karel, being the sweet person that she is, didn’t correct him, but knew he was full of it.
Somehow Karel found out that the meet and greet upstairs with Andrew was over. Of course Karel and I made a b-line for the corner where the meet and greet was, but the great Sasquatch wasn’t to be found. There was a back door up there that we thought we would try and get through (that would have been his only means of escape) but there was a sign that said, “Employees only behind this point” with a woman next to it giving me the hairy eyeball. I guess that’s a no go, but again the thought of playing the innocent, confused woman crossed my mind. “Oh silly me. I didn’t see that sign…so sorry to barge in on your dressing room like that Andrew!”
We started to look for our seats and were totally stoked when we found them! Such a good view and perfect for getting video. We sat down and I had a really weird experience. Karel seemed to know the person sitting next to her. Side note: Karel seemed to know everyone so it was cool hanging next to her that night so I could meet so many people. Double side note: I usually don’t like meeting people, but this was different for some reason. There was an immediate kinship knowing the person being introduced to you also shared the same time sucking obsession you did. Karel introduced me to a lovely woman named Jess and Karel told her I was also known as Emma Byrne. She was like “You are Emma Byrne?!? Oh my God! I cant believe it! That’s so cool! I love your pictures!” What a cool moment that was for me. Knowing that those silly little pictures are floating their way around and that people appreciate them is a cool thought.
It was time for the show to start. The MC started things off with some words and music. I was entertained by him, but was busy trying to get control of my phone. It seems it had exploded after my Periscopes and I wanted to see what was going on with everyone at H 24/7. Seems a shame to have my nose stuck in a phone during a live performance. I kind of felt bad about that, but I justified it to myself. “I am here for a Hozier experience and part of that experience is interacting with fellow fans…even if it is through a smartphone!”
HoneyHoney came on stage and as soon as she strapped on a banjo I immediately had respect for them. The banjo is, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated instruments. HoneyHoney sounded amazing. A little blue grass, bluesy rock sound. I really enjoyed their performance as that style of music is right up my alley.
Now comes another surreal moment. Andrew was standing across the room watching Honey Honey with us. With…us. We were sharing an activity together. I can now say a sentence like, “Yeah Andrew and I watched HoneyHoney together.” Ok, so maybe saying “together” is a stretch. But I can stretch, right? Or if someone were to ask me, “Where is Andrew?” I could say nonchalantly, “He’s right over there.” To anyone else this would be silly thoughts, and maybe they are, but I know you guys understand. I figure only a really, really big Hozier fan would be reading this far into the story anyway. Andrew watched nearly the whole performance yards away from us. After HoneyHoney left the stage Andrew went backstage as well.
Next was Lukas Nelson and his band. Karel turned to me and said, “I already miss Andrew”. I knew what she meant. His presence in the room gives you a strange, out of body but exciting feeling and that feeling leaves with him. Is it him or that feeling that we love so much? Probably both. However, I also could understand what Andrew meant when he said “I’m just a normal dude” in his interview. The times where things felt surreal were also coupled with thoughts of, “He is just a really nice dude”. Very down to Earth and approachable (if not for security). The experience of meeting him in person had a strange effect on how I see him. It almost took him off of this pedestal I had him on and brought him down to a place where he is not this big celebrity, but just a really nice guy who has amazing talent. It broke some kind of wall where I could see myself hanging out with him if circumstances were different, and there would be nothing weird about it. Side note: This feeling was reinforced later when he bent over and I saw that he missed the back loop on his pants when he put on his belt. Relatable. Human. Just a very, very cool dude.
As soon as Lukas Nelson started singing I could hear his father’s voice. I love Willie Nelson, so I really enjoyed the sound of his voice too. Don’t get me wrong, Lukas sounds like Willie, but their styles are very different. If Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Stevie Ray Vaughan had a stoned child, that would be Lukas Nelson. Needless to say, I enjoyed their performance.
After some information on the Bread and Roses Charity (which I would encourage everyone to look into and support) and an auction for fundraising, it was time for the main event. Andrew got up on stage and I was so excited to hear what was in store. He put his signature cup of tea on the ground (no cup holder this time), strapped on his guitar and stomped on his trusty guitar tuning foot pedal. After some charming banter he started thumbing the E string. To Be Alone! This is it ladies and gentleman! Please put your tray tables in the upright position and fasten your seat belts.
“This is strange”, I thought to myself. It felt like I was watching a YouTube video again (and no I was not watching through my phone). Cripes! I don’t want to watch a YouTube video, I want to watch Hozier live! I had to remind myself throughout the rest of the evening that this was live and to remain present. Something I didn’t expect. I almost wanted to crumple up a piece of paper and throw it on stage to break that mental barrier. However, I found there were different ways that the barrier broke. Whenever he looked at us (and I mean specifically us, not the crowd in general), it felt more real and intimate. There were a few times where something was said from our group that made him smile or look up at us and that made all of the difference when it came to the live performance. Not that I wanted his attention, but I wanted it to be a two way street. I didn’t want to just watch on a screen, I wanted it to be an interactive experience. When he looked up at us and winked I had wondered if he saw the note behind the picture that I gave him earlier, or if he had given the gift any further thought. Did he wink as a special thank you for the gift or was he just…winking?
After Take Me to Church, I was expecting the performance to be over, but the crowd wanted more! To my delight, the crowd was able to work together and collectively chant “one more song” (even though we couldn’t get our act together for the hand claps during Work Song)! He came back on stage but seemed at a loss for what to do. He worked well on his feet though, and suggested he sing The Parting Glass. I think I crapped myself again. Poor Karel, I must have really smelled bad that night with all of the crapping I did! What a treat! The Parting Glass?!? Last year I was obsessed with that song to the point of driving my family crazy listening to it and he is going to sing it…for us! I knew this was a rare gem and I was so grateful. The set list was incredible to say the least and I was so pleased with Sweet Thing and The Parting Glass being a part of it. Both of which, to my knowledge, he has not performed for a large audience. I knew we had seen something special. Everything was perfect: the venue, the seats, the set list, being able to meet the man himself and meeting so many amazing people. Click here to watch the whole set.
After the concert we decided to go to a place called The Edinburgh Pub. Me, Karel and Janet decided to go straight away and the others decided to stick around to try meet Andrew. Turns out they did! They got pictures and autographs and said Andrew was as sweet as usual. They met us at the pub after they were done meeting up with Andrew and we all had a great time discussing everything from the concert to the 2nd Amendment. It was super loud in there, so the discussions were more shouting than talking. Lots of laughing and smiling until it was time to say goodbye.
It was well past 1am and I took an Uber back to my hotel and went straight to the computer. Forget sleeping, time to geek out! Side note: I can’t believe you are still reading this! To my surprise the phone rang. Hmmm….a New York number. Clarice? She said her and Amy were in a pinch and couldn’t get their car out of the parking garage because it closed at midnight. Come on and crash here! The party was not over yet! They showed up and we had some more laughs and good conversation until I couldn’t stay awake any longer and drifted off to sleep, thus ending one of the best days of my life.
Going to sort of start from the end and go back to the beginning of the story with this post, if that’s okay just this once. 🙂
For starters, if you’d like to join our team by making a donation of any amount to Irish child protection charity, ISPCC, here is our link:
Hozier 24/7 Supports ISPCC
It was SO exciting to see a notification today that Hozier 24/7 member (and Rockin’ the Roses attendee) Janet Miller made a donation on behalf of our group to ISPCC !
(I feel I need to tell you that I have it on good authority that Janet is a sweet soul who we will all be fortunate to meet up with at future shows.)
The plan was/is to make a big group donation for Hozier’s (March) birthday. I’ll show you how it’s worded on our Everyday Hero page (you only have time in a day to click on so many links):
“Hi, group members. As you may know, we have committed to lifetime support of ISPCC, so it seems fitting to have a link up at all times for anyone who wishes to give. This endeavor will mainly be part of our annual March birthday celebration though. Thank you in advance to all of you who participate in our birthday donations to a wonderful cause in honor of Hozier!”
So, the fact that we have a team of ten already is something that makes me pretty proud of our group! So many of you are kind, generous, caring people and personally speaking, I hope to have the opportunity to meet each of you!
Please note that if you plan to hold off until March, that is completely fine and appreciated more than could ever be stated. If you are unable to give, you are still a highly valued member. We are just doing this for birthday fun and to give back to a wonderful human who adds so much to our lives.
Since this blog was only restarted very recently, I want to again thank those who contributed to our team’s cause:
and today, of course, Janet.
This has been edited to include Nancy Parker. Thanks SO much Nancy!!! We are grateful to be building a very sturdy, solid team. What a great day. 🙂
If you’re just joining us, you might say, well that’s all well and good, but why ISPCC? Well, Hozier himself is a supporter of this organization. Here are some links to videos of him performing at their Christmas Ball in 2015:
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene
Jackie and Wilson
Incidentally, a subgroup of his loving fans (some of our members, some not) made a donation at that time to ISPCC.
Additionally, another small subgroup kindly donated this past March 2017. It was not organized by Hozier 24/7, although some in that group are our members, and we are immensely proud of them.
Hozier himself had this to say:
Fans scurried all over Twitter to set him straight. Members came out of the woodwork to speak on behalf of the group. It was quite an ordeal. The conclusion, however, was simply that those individuals who donated carried out a wonderful act of generosity for a deserving organization. It is a credit to Hozier that his impeccable character brings out the best in all of us.
Hopefully, any hurt feelings quickly subsided. I’ll explain why I think there should not have been any ill feelings at all. Hozier 24/7 consists of thousands of members. If you are a Hozier fan, it’s plausible that you are with us on at least one of our platforms, or have been at some time. It’s easier for him to address everyone rather than a handful of people. (Can you imagine how horrified he’d feel if he left people out?!) Being the wise professor (as we lovingly call him) he is, he surely thought, better to thank too many than too few.
Having said all that, you are very welcome to join us in March for our big birthday celebration! For those who do their own thing, we celebrate all your efforts. You do him awfully proud!
Additionally, Hozier had this to say about gifts during his Reddit AMA:
Oh hey! It’s worthy of mention that we did support another wonderful charity, Sweet Relief in 2016. Here is our page if you want to see what you missed. Hozier 24/7 member, Dawn told us about them and we were so glad she did! They were wonderful, and Brittani is a genius. She worked closely with us and answered all questions members had.
In conclusion, we are SO thrilled to be ISPCC supporters and SO proud to have Janet Miller and Nancy Parker on board!!