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March 2017



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froud magician

going once, going twice, mercy god, jesus christ

It is the heart that kills us in the end
Just one more old broken bone that cannot mend.

That was a fairly ambitious weekend. Saturday, the Jeff and I went for a hike out in Middletown (chilly!) and then decided to lunch at the Half Moon Cafe--where we fortuitously ran into treize64, who is so totally one of the Bright Young People who is bent on saving the world it makes my heart hurt a little.

Yesterday, I went to tai chi (we're continuing our overview of styles: this week we did Eight Pieces of Brocade, and it was really neat).

Afterwards, however, I drove up to Boston to have dinner with was06066 and his husband, who are so delightful they also make my heart hurt a little, and then was06066 and I abandoned poor Chris and took off to see Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Patty Griffin perform at the Orpheum. Sadly, Buddy wasn't there last night--he's been taken ill--but... well, all I got is wow.

A drunken softball team (or something) off to House Left was yelling in a manner more fitting for a Motley Crue concert, but eventually the ushers intervened, and the music... was just amazing. I'm a huge Emmylou fan, and I've always liked Patty Griffin an awful lot, but I've not been a big fan of Shawn Colvin, and I'm here to say I'm wrong. The studio versions of her songs do not begin to do justice to her guitar playing or her stage presence. She was astounding.

They were so obviously having so much fun up there--Emmylou with her silver hair shining under the stage lights and her bracelets glittering, Shawn with her guitar player arms, patty making fun of her inability to remember to plug in her guitar, the three of them declaring that they were changing the band name to the "Wicked Tarts"* in honor of Boston and dessert. Emmylou opened, more or less, with "Red Dirt Girl," and Patty did "Rain," and I'd say a single perfect tear crossed my cheek except really I was crying like a little girl.

And then they covered Tom Waits' "Hold On," and it was just about all over.

They really made my night, however, with Shawn's song "I'm Gone," and a soft and sorrowful version of "The Pearl," which some of you may remember was the unofficial theme song of Carnival, along with Vienna Teng's "Gravity."

Nothing has changed
Since the last time I came
My pride and my hat in my hand
I never sleep well
I still kiss and tell
And I do not pay the band.


*pronounced wickhed taht



Basically they just got up there with a bunch of folding chairs and guitars and did a song circle.

They may be coming soon to a town near you. They're touring as "Three Girls And Their Buddy."

Saw Shawn Colvin with Mary Chapin Carpenter - she is truly better than most of us think. Saw Alison Moorer with Steve Earle. Perhaps he'll let her have the band next time. Emmylou is, of course, one of those people everyone should see before they die.
That was pretty much my experience with Three Girls and their Buddy, though I'm a huge Patty fan and like Emmylou an awful lot. Colvin was definitely the biggest (and best) surprise of the bunch. I'm glad to hear they were having just as much fun at your show as they were at ours. ;)
I desperately wanted to go to the concert but I was on vacation out of state last week. I once saw Patty, Shawn, Dar Williams and Emmylou at the Schubert and it was similarly magical. Thanks for letting me listen vicariously though!
Shawn is really great in person. That's how I found her, back in the day, when a friend invited me to go see John Gorka play at a church basement thing in Worcester, and she opened for him. We've see her a number of times since then; again at the basement, and then later in Providence at the old Lupo's and such.
Oh ((deep breath)) ((wipes at eyes)) dear. That reaches right into my heart and squeezes, even in a lo fi YouTube vid. I have to get one of her CDs now, for certain. My goodness.
It's one of the ten best songs in the English language, I swear. And Red Dirt Girl is an amazing album.
*pronounced wickhed taht

<brit> How else does one pronounce "wicked tart? </brit>