How do you hold a powerhouse in small spaces? I guess this is how. A little uncomfortable but then it's just there. Thanks, NPR Music
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - 2012
Tears and laughter in the span of about 15 minutes — that's what's so astonishing about these Macklemore & Ryan Lewis songs.
first time I heard "Same Love," it brought tears to the eyes of a
roomful of people, myself included. The song is about equality,
specifically gay rights, with an unambiguous message: "It's human rights
for everybody / There is no difference." Then, in a flip of a
backing-track beat, Macklemore (a.k.a. Ben Haggerty) sings about wearing
a velour jumpsuit and some house slippers, "grandpa style."
contrast in these songs, "Same Love" and "Thrift Shop," makes the levity
all that much memorable; as producer, Ryan Lewis is a master at the
hook and clever with the melody. But this Tiny Desk Concert didn't end
there: The live, sweet, soulful sounds of singer Ray Dalton belting,
"Like the ceiling can't hold us" had Macklemore standing on my desk and
shaking the dust off the ceiling tiles. Watching this video fills me
with that inspirational feeling we shared watching it happen: I'm still
cleaning dust around my desk, but it only makes me smile. --BOB BOILEN
"Can't Hold Us"
Bob Boilen; Editor: Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait;
Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Christopher Parks, Lauren Rock; photo by