Song of the Day #4,000: ‘Feeling No Pain (Live)’ – Josh Rouse

Milestone time! Today marks my 4,000th consecutive Song of the Day post, a streak I’ve kept alive for a week shy of 11 years now.

I wanted to post a special song for this occasion, and as luck would have it I had a very special musical experience a mere nine days ago that provided just the track.

This story starts back in 2005, when I heard the album Nashville by singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, a new find for me and one who quickly became one of my favorite artists.

I snapped up his four previous albums, including 2002’s Under Cold Blue Stars, still one of his best. That album got frequent airplay in my car and one song in particular, ‘Feeling No Pain,’ became a favorite of my then 3-year-old daughter Sophia. I played it for her countless times.

Over the next 14 years, Sophia grew into a remarkable teenager with her own varied musical taste (I could, and maybe will, do a theme week sometime on her wide range of favorites). As she skipped between genres and artists, Josh Rouse remained a staple. She learned all of his albums and loves them as much as I do. She has called him her favorite artist, in part because he has been in her life as long as she can remember.

My wife and other daughter are also big fans, making Rouse one of the very rare artists who is a four-quadrant hit in my house.

Given all this love, we have wanted for years to see the man in concert. But like many acts, especially smaller ones, he never makes it to South Florida (or anywhere in Florida). He tours quite often in Europe, having lived for ten years in Spain before relocating to Nashville in 2016. And he hops around the northeast and southern United States. But never Florida.

Earlier this year, I checked his website and saw a June date in Asheville, North Carolina. I ran the idea of making a long weekend of it by my wife, who bought in immediately. The kids were psyched.

So a week or so back, we flew to the mountains, spent a couple of rainy days exploring the area (which is quite lovely), then showed up at The Grey Eagle, a concert venue — and taqueria — about the size of my living and dining room.

While we were getting our hands stamped, Rouse walked up beside us and asked the cashier if he could have a ticket for his complimentary meal. I looked at my family, eyes wide, but was too shy to introduce myself or tell him how much his music has meant to me and my family over the years. The guy was trying to score some tacos.

Later, we took our seats in the front row, about six feet from where he was performing, and enjoyed a truly special concert. Just him and his guitar playing one perfect song after another, songs we’ve listened to hundreds of times on hundreds of car trips.

At one point, he asked for requests and Sophia and I both called out “Feeling No Pain!” He nodded and considered it, but played something else.

Later, at the very end of his set, he asked again and we again called out “Feeling No Pain!” That time he obliged.

And so, 14 years after I played this song for my 3-year-old daughter and watched her face light up every time, I got to watch Josh Rouse himself play the song for her live and get the same result.

Definitely one of the greatest musical moments of my life.

Drive in the slow right lane
Cause we’ve got some time to kill
You know I love this time of year
And you’re a strange
Strange find
I want to take all I can from you
Just give me a sign
And I’ll be right at your side

Cause lately I’ve been feelin’ no pain
My heart is wide open and somehow everything
Falls into place and it’s love

Words words that don’t come out
If I’m confusing you
I’m just here to clean your doubts
And I’m inclined
To tell you I don’t need any room to breathe
I want to see you laid out
See you laid out
Sleeping on the couch

Cause lately I’ve been feelin’ no pain
My heart is wide open and somehow everything
Falls into place and it’s love

And lately I’ve been feelin’ no pain
My heart is wide open and somehow everything
Falls into place and it’s love

And it’s love

And I will find a way
To bring the light back to your day
And I will show you
I will show you that I, I can change

Cause lately I’ve been feelin’ no pain
My heart is wide open and somehow everything
Falls into place and it’s love

And lately I’ve been feelin’ no pain
My heart is wide open and somehow everything
Falls into place and it’s love

And it’s
Love

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,000: ‘Feeling No Pain (Live)’ – Josh Rouse

  1. Peg says:

    How wonderful! So happy you all had that experience together ❤️❤️

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    That truly is a memory 14 years in the making and one I suspect your family will never forget.

    And congratulations on making it to the 4000 SOTD milestone!

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