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Re: Sunday Artist & Song Showcase, March 7, 2021
That reminds me of the first time I ever saw Gordon Lightfoot live in concert. Maybe about twenty years ago. I heard he was doing a show here in my home town and in a theater my Great-grandmother built and opened as a vaudeville theater back in 1923. She lived above the theater and died back in the Seventies some time. And there are many stories of how she still haunts the theater. Our local newspaper even did a story about it once. And I had a close encounter with her one night while my Wife and I were at the theater for Jesus Christ Superstar. But I digress. I heard about the Lightfoot concert only about two days before. I got right on the phone and called the box office but was told the show was sold out. I was very disappointed. I never saw Gordon and wanted to see the show. So, I said to the lady on the phone, "What if I told you my Great-grandmother built that theater and she haunts it, and I'll have her come and haunt you if I can't get a ticket!" I said it jokingly of course and in a tone the lady knew I was just screwing around. But she asked me "Mary was your Great-grandmother?" and I said yes. So she starts talking to someone else in the background. I couldn't make out what she was saying then sh gets back on the line and tells me she has one ticket she can sell me. Second row right in the orchestra. SOLD! I seriously don't know where the ticket "suddenly" came from. In a way, I was a little pissed off that she said old out when in fact they apparently have a few secret tickets. But I went, saw the show sitting only about twenty feet from Gordon, and went out the next day and bought me my first twelve string guitar. I guess I didn't realize how much he used on on his songs. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Be well everyone. My first vaccine shot is scheduled for Easter Sunday afternoon at our local hospital. Wish I didn't have to wait so long, but I'll take it, even if it interrupts my Easter.
In the 1960's Donovan was playing Lincoln Center NYC. It was a Sunday night. I didn't have a ticket but decided to take the train to NYC and walk to Lincoln Center to see if I could buy a ticket. It was sold out. I was standing at the end of a long, long line waiting for tickets that didn't exist. Then they said they had one cancellation for one person. Everybody else were two's or more I raised my hand and got the ticket. I walked in all the way to the front right row on the inner corner. I enjoyed the concert right at the foot of Donovan.
Donovan - When first hearing Donovan back in 1965, I thought I was listening to Bob Dylan! Although I truly believe Donovan was initially channeling Bob as a means of gaining recognition, he quickly developed his own musical persona by combining psychedelia and mysticism in his songwriting.
Johnny Rivers - Bringing his Louisiana musical influences to his craft, Johnny Rivers had several big hits in the 1960s and enjoyed great success even with The Beatles and other British bands dominating the charts.
The Song Button - Kyu Sakamoto - With its catchy music and Kyu's impassioned vocal performance (despite my not knowing the Japanese language), "Sukiyaki" was my favorite song from the Summer of 1963!
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