|Sleep requirements led me to
again miss the blues project, so apologies for anyone looking for those
A little overview note here:
There is no way anyone can begin to give a comprehensive review of what
happens here.. I probably don't get to more than 5% or 10% of the campsites
and song circles. There's excellence and genius everywhere you look..
You can't take 10 steps without running into "another person with
a guitar", and most of these people are mainstage
The ballad tree was hosted today by David Olney. Ozzie will be chiming in with some chapel hill details later tonight, i'm sure..
The first reaction one gets walking into the mainstage area tonight is: Where is everyone ?? Monday night's crowd has been thinned by the people who needed to leave to be back at work on tuesday.. For those of you who are tuning in while trying to re-enter the real world, our peace and energy is still with you, just close your eyes, take a deep breath, and feel it still making you whole..
Mainstage opened tonight with Susan Shore. Susan said to me earlier: "This is the last time i come to kerrville without being fully equipped.. I had to borrow a tent, mattress, everything.. Next year, i'm bringing my own..." Those of you who know susan, are probably wondering about this time, where else she'll be using this camping equipment... (FYI:She's also wondering <gg>) David Olney followed up with his ballad tree session with a mainstage appearance in the 7'ish second slot.. This is the slot where the audience is no longer dying from the heat, but begins to look forward to the sun completely going down behind the hill that is at the 10'oclock position as you look outward FROM the stage..
Next up was Cliff Eberhardt - Cliff is a major presence on stage, his technical ability (wizardry) is matched by spectacular writing, and a sense of humor that belies the sometimes dark core that is the driving force behind some of his songs... If you ever see him, please go to the bathroom first.. Yoou'll be glad you did when he starts his old-age-home routine..
Amilia Spicer was up next, and after frying her keyboard after the first 15 seconds of her first song, kerrville came to the rescue with another keyboard and everything else she needed..
Bill Staines was wonderful as always.. I never find myself getting excited about seeing him on the bill, but always loving every minute that he's out there, and promising myself that i'll try to remember to be excited ahead of time when i have the opportunity to hear him next.....
The highlight of the evening
(except for peter yarrow, who's not a highlight, he's a treasure) was
the Lorin Rowan Trio.. Think back to the 50's and the kingston trio..
Now, up the quality of the musical talent, update the music itself, add
a cello that's thinks it can fly (courtesy of
Peter Yarrow finished up the
evening as only he can.. His set's orientation this year revolved around
the songs that PP&M are doing that came from songs peter brought back
from kerrville.. Sally fingerett's Home is where the heart is is one of
these (although peter did not perform it tonight).. Peter did tell the
story of how he heard steve seskin's song Don't laugh at me, cried, brought
it home to noel paul & mary, and they cried, and how they added it
to their tour since last year. Those of you who were here last year, or
followed along with the bouncing dot via the ramblings, know that steve
seskin played threadgill last year. WHen steve
The only disappointing part of the evening was they didn't close the weekend's activity with bobby bridger's heal in the wisdom.. They did that at the end of each weekend last year..