The Tower Report - Through Day 18
Hello again. Well, I tried
to create another Kerrville report during the
Tom Prasada-Rao on stage. Beautiful.
Spirituality that crosses religious
Still on the Hill, on the stage,
on the street. A fun, high energy group.
David Wilcox on stage. I only
caught the last few songs of his set but
Louise Taylor on stage. She
introduced one song by describing how the first
Testoster Tones on stage. A
fun set filled with "gratuitous swine moments."
Barbara Kessler on stage sung
about "grown up love and other oxymorons."
Limpopo on stage. Russian folk,
polka, circus act. Great music and fun with
Kinky Friedman outrageous on
stage. "Watrix, o watrix, come sit on my face.
New Folk winner Jeff Berkley.
He had a real nice set on stage with his
Kevin So again and again. Joining
others on main stage to sing, play the
Learning about stage work backstage
with stage managers Brian Urban and
Austin. You may see me someday
in my orange "Juice Spot" T-shirt with a
Helping myself to an after
hours snack at The Lovin' Spoonful restaurant. I
Listening to Rod Kennedy describe
Irish female artist, Juliet Turner (?).
Jack Hardy. He writes songs
with beautiful melodies, interesting lyrics and
Heard around the campfire circle: "Want one?" (an instrumental solo)
Jack Williams performing the beautiful "Heartland" at a small circle while Jack Hardy is writing a new song by torchlight 20 feet away.
Jack Williams playing a song with Gina Forsyth joining him with her violin. At one point Jack says "quick" and Gina shifts to short quick strokes and matches Jack guitar for a very cool instrumental section. And later, when Jack's song mentions laughter, Gina adds that easily recognizable three-note laugh sound. Jack is another one of those artists who plays with a special kind of exuberance and joy that I find really appealing.
After seeing Michael McNevin around for many days, but never being in the right place or the right state, I finally got to appreciate him one night as I heard him play "From nowhere to somewhere" and "Willie".
Songs of the Never Wrong on stage. The wonderfully energetic percussionist, Sue Demel (?), bounces around the stage. She stops to tell us she's a Type A personality. No kidding.
The Righteous Mothers on stage. They played some hilarious songs including a birthing song and one about a Hawaiian Lesbian Honeymoon. They also played some depressingly serious songs, including one about wife abuse. I've been thinking about a fantasy concert where we alternate between The Four Bitchin Babes, The Testoster Tones, The Righteous Mothers and Kinky Friedman. We'll put all of the strong, insensitive males on the right side of the stage and all of the empathic, overly emotional females on the wrong side. :-)
Star gazing via the Teleport telescope, designed and built by Coho resident Tom Noe. With this very cool portable 10" altizimuth scope, I was able to see a globular cluster, a single point of naked light as the binary star system that it really was, and a cool donut shape that was the result of major explosive event.
Kat Eggleston playing her dulcimer during dinner and breakfast. Beautiful music to dine by. She resisted suggestions that she take a break and eat because she was having as much fun playing as we were listening.
Sara Hickman on stage. My spirit wasn't dampened by the rainstorm. In fact, I looked pretty snazzy in my silver colored garbage-bag poncho, which was an appropriate outfit for Sara's wonderfully silly "Radiation Man", which she did for her encore. She started off with the beautiful lullaby "It's all right, It's OK". The String Quartet backed her well on that song, not so well on some others. It seemed like a short set to me, but I asked some other people and they didn't agree. I guess I'm just insatiable when it comes to Sara. She's the reason I went on the cruise that started my involvement in the whole folk scene.
Anne Hills on stage. A joyous smile. A demonstration of throat singing where a sustained note eventually creates harmonic notes(?). The beautiful "Follow that road".
Asylum Street Spankers on stage. A wonderful and fun 8 person band that create a very full, but not cluttered or noisy sound, with a variety of instruments and amusing lyrics. The only female, Christina Mars, is one of 3 primary vocalists and sings with a variety of styles that include a cute, high pitched, girlie voice and a rich bluesy voice.
I ended up buying a total of 45 CDs. Maybe, I'll get a chance to listen to them all before the next KFF. Here are the ones that I didn't list in my last message:
And so my first Kerrville experience has come to an end. I heard a lot of good music that spawned thoughts and emotions that I'm still processing. I made some new friends and built on some existing friendships. I missed a few good-byes, and that hurts a little. But mostly, my good-byes were sweet, without the bitter, because they felt more like a beginning than an end. Peace and joy to us all.