A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, PLEASE

Jan 25, 2015 by

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, PLEASE

Last night, we went across the bridge and met friends at Enoteca for an early dinner.  What a nice surprise it was

DOOBIE BROTHERS CONCERT AT PARAMOUNT

DOOBIE BROTHERS CONCERT AT PARAMOUNT

to have Rodney Howell playing sax.  As always, music adds so much to any occasion.  I’ve always loved music—-all types and genres.  From classical to bubble gum.  (Mmmmmm, now that I think about it, I really can’t get into hip-hop.)  I love big band, country, folk—-just as long as it’s good music.  I tend to go for the music with a beautiful voice—like Eva Cassidy, unnlike my friends who zero in on the guitar riffs.  I’m trying to think of my first memories of music.  Not the singing in the car with my Mother, but real music Spotify would recognize.  I guess my first recollection is going to see Man of La Mancha at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth.  Another musical memory is being in the Astrodome in Houston for the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1976.  I think that was the trip that we went in a powder blue

AT TAPING OF AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

AT TAPING OF AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

photo

WAITING FOR DOLLY PARTON

Rolls that belonged to a friend’s Dad.  The car needed to be serviced in Houston.  As well as I remember, it was a pretty cool way to travel between Kerrville and Houston.  But, back to music.  How many times have you heard a song and all of a sudden you have been transported back to a vivd scene from you past?  Almost like an out of body experience.  Now, I’m not one of those people who can tell you every detail about music trivia.  Dennis can tell you names, dates, albums, feuds, concerts of all the popular rock groups.  In fact, if you are ever on a game show and the category is popular music, he would be a fabulous life line.  But, again, back to music…..I used to enjoy going to big concerts at huge venues.  Now a days, I really like seeing performers at smaller, more intiment places like One World Theater or The Paramount in Austin.  However, we are going to see Neil Diamond at the Frank Erwin Center.  And, now that I think of it, we’re also going to see John Mellencamp at Bass Hall — oh well, the sacrifices we make!  But, we will see Marshall Tucker at One World.  It’s a great venue to get up close and personal.  We saw Dave Mason there last year and loved the small setting.             Music is a tonic, a travel agent, a pain killer, and a sharp jab at the heart or gut.  It’s a wonderful, powerful universal language.  Ronald Reagan got credited for the demise of the Berlin Wall, but we all know the underground music was the real reason.  One of my most favorite things that Dennis has given me is my Bose music system that I put in my bathroom.  I play the spa station when I’m relaxing in a hot bath.  I’ll crank it up when I’m showering to go out and need a little quick charge.  Then, there’s the singer/songwriter music that I love to sing along with (Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow, why don’t ya’ll call me?—I can step in, anytime!).  And, I can’t tell you how good my moves are when I’m imitating the Temptations as I play my Motown play list (I’m convinced I was a back-up singer in a former life)……       I can’t imagine a world without music.  To me, it is the most powerful of all the arts.  It has been my closest friend at times when I needed one the most.  Music and food are the first things we think about when any gathering is organized.  As Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on.”………..That reminds me, I’m having some people over for a dinner party around Valentine’s Day.  I think I’ll hire a guitarist to play some romantic music…………

JAZZ TRAIN TO GSTAAD FROM MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

JAZZ TRAIN TO GSTAAD. SWITZERLAND

 

What’s your favorite music memory?  Please share by posting it in the comments.

STREET MUSIC AT MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

STREET MUSIC AT MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

 

 

 

 

SAX MUSIC WITH DINNER

SAX MUSIC WITH DINNER

 

MUSIC IN LUCKENBACH, TEXAS

MUSIC IN LUCKENBACH, TEXAS

GARY P NUNN AT THE UPTOWN THEATER IN MARBLE FALLS

GARY P NUNN AT THE UPTOWN THEATER IN MARBLE FALLS

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