Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros: Fantastic in 2010

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros kept me out this morning until 3:34 a.m.

I’m 44 years old and I

I’ve not consumed any alcohol, a teetotaler, I am.

But last night I began a new chapter in my life.

The new chapter began when instead of being a guy whose forgotten what it is to be who he was 20 years ago, I stepped back into the life of adventure and lived a little.

And I’m here to tell other moms and dads, who moved into the responsibility of parenthood a few years ago and thought they had to leave behind living on the edge of adventure, that there is still life out there if you’re brave enough to go and find it.

Discovering Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

As you might know from reading here on Donaldjclaxton.com, I came across this band, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros totally by accident in July when I was in Austin for an event with Gillette.

After arriving home that night, I downloaded their songs and got hooked.

Coming Up From Below

Their debut album, “Up From Below” is a fine collection of tunes and jingles that immerse themselves into your consciousness and refuse to let go.

I play this album frequently, even months after first hearing it.

There are a couple of songs on it I’m not wild about, but the ones I am, well, I’d drive three hours from Dallas to Shreveport to hear them late at night.

Their set began at 10:30 p.m. and ended around midnight.

That’s what happened last night.

I’ll write more about the event in the days to come, but I wanted to share this video with you tonight.  And share the great photo I was able to have taken with me and the band leader, Alexander.

Yes, I was about five people deep from the stage.  Yes, I sang along with them.  Yes, I was part of this very-alive show, and there’s not a thing anyone can do or say to me to regret a single second of it.

But instead of getting into that tonight, here’s the video I shot using my iPhone 4, pulling the video clips into Aperture 3, and then importing them right into Final Cut Express without having to convert them at all.  Then it was just a matter of adding bumpers, and some commentary, and I doubled the audio track because it was recorded in a mono track.


You may enjoy reading about the first time I saw the band. 

This is an image of the tree line from the new County Road 510 Bridge near Marquette, Michigan.


  1. Krystal

    This blog really touched me. I help out a lot at the collective and people like you are the reason that we do everything we do at the collective. we want to touch everyone with wonderful, creative music. and when we say all ages that doesnt just mean we allow underage kids. it literally means all ages, young and old. we hope you come back for some more and we feel really blessed were able change lives with music, love and acceptance.

  2. Krystal

    ps i literally teared up watching your video. kudos to you and we send you our love.

  3. Dobby

    I’m 53 and I saw you there. Nobody says we have to be old. My inspiration in life was my great uncle who died a young man at 97. At age 70 he joined the Peace Corp. He rode his bike 40 miles just about every day. He was open to new ideas and experiences. We all need to do that. I hope I see you at another Collective event. BTW: I brought my 13 year old and my 17 year old was there as well. We had seen the same show the day before at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. I don’t know much about The Collective, but I will do what I can to support anybody who brings live music to the area that younger folks can go see without having to get a fake ID!

  4. Vic

    I’m 51 and I was there too. Heard of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros from a younger friend via Facebook so I purchased their CD. Liked it and when I heard they were coming to Shreveport, I had to go hear them. Very good show. Thanks for posting the video!

  5. RockFan

    That was wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I’m also of the older generation. Wasn’t there that night but after seeing this do intend on checking out the Collective soon. Thanks again.

    • Donny Claxton

      Thank each of you for your generous comments. I enjoyed the event at The Collective.


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