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Last night Rob and I went to see British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson in concert at Columbus's oldest surviving theater. It's a fabulous space, and we had good center seats. Richard played solo, on a single Lowden acoustic guitar, for over an hour and a half. It was phenomenal. His virtuoso guitar playing takes me breath away. He has a technique of both strumming and picking simultaniously that fills he room with sound and often sounds like several guitars playing at once. He loves throwing in blues riffs, which gives his more rocking songs an early rock-n-roll feel, which I love. He was also a member of the seminal folk-rock band Fairport Convention, and definitely keeps a folk sound on many of his slower songs.

It was an amazing concert. If you like guitar at all, if youever get the chance to see this man perform, with or without his band, take it! Acoustic or electric, solo or backed by his band, Richard Thompson is just fabulous!


Aug. 9th, 2010 03:05 pm
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I had an uncharacteristically busy and social weekend. Saturday evening was a birthday party for a dancer friend of mine. We ate at a sushi restaurant with the most inefficient service ever. They simply weren't set up for dealing with a party of 20 people. Their strategy seemed to be to serve the small parties of twos and fours first, while waiting to serve us until the rest of the restaurant cleared out so they could devote all the staff to helping us. What a strange strategy. They were all over our drink orders though, so by the time my food came I was kind of smashed and talking waay too loud. My food was good though, when I finally got it. Vegetable hibachi. Really yummy.

Then we went a couple doors down to a karaoke place, the kind where you rent a private room for a group of people. Was that ever fun! We had three mikes that got passed around, and everyone sang at once. We were loud and silly, and three hours passed in no time. My voice was hoarse by the time we left.

Then on Sunday, Rob and I spent the day at the Dublin Irish Festival. We got there in time to catch the last 20 minutes or so of Moya Brennan's performance. Moya Brennan is the lead vocalist and harpist with the Irish group Clannad. She has a beautiful voice. She and her band played a number of old Clannad songs from the 70's and 80's, the equivalent of Irish "oldies," really. They even played the old Clannad song "Dulaman", which contains some lovely mouth music, a style of singing that I had particularly hoped to hear. The performance was a musical high point for me, for sure. I'm only sad we didn't make it out there earlier so I could hear more, but we were still recovering from our Saturday night out.

We spent most of the rest of the afternoon hanging out with old friends who I haven't seen in over a year. I miss them greatly, and it was wonderful to see them again.

We still hadn't bought groceries for the week, so after we left the Irish Festival we swung by the grocery store and picked up drinking water and food for the week. Luckily we don't need much this week so we got it completed pretty quickly. It was perhaps 8:45pm when we pulled up our driveway. I didn't think about it at the time, but it was still light out. It's nice to come home so late and still have a little light left. It makes it not feel quite so late.

Enjoy it while you can, I guess. The days will very soon be noticeably shorter and the darkness arrive sooner. Not that I want to think about that yet.
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I actually ended up going to BOTH the Concrete Blonde concert AND the YSO Street Fair! Go me! We got to the Newport during the opening act, so there weren't many seating options by then. But I did manage to find a step that worked both as a place to see above the crowd and a place to sit when my back got tired. Concrete Blonde started off their show with Bloodletting, I started dancing, got lost in the music, and mostly forgot about my back problems.

They played a really great show. The people watching was fun, too. Most everyone there was about my age or a little younger, many with tattoos. Almost all looked like interesting people who know how to think for themselves instead of following the crowd. My kind of people.

I figured after all that standing (I stood for almost the entire concert) I wasn't going to be up for a street fair the next day, but ice and some good sleep did wonders, I guess, so off we went. I had a really good time in spite of the heat. I bought some handmade soap and pain reducing salve, and stocked up on healing herbal teas from the herb shop in town. I didn't seem to be in the mood to buy clothes, which was a shame, because there were some amazing dresses for sale!

The only other think I purchased was a 15 minute shiatsu massage. I don't think I've ever had shiatsu before. I asked the therapist to concentrate on my low back and hips. She had me lie on a thick mat on the ground and used her hands, knees, elbows to press acupressure points. She also did a lot of stretching. She made use of her entire body to do the work. At one point she placed the bottoms of my feet on her abs and leaned in, pressing my knees toward my chest, for a great low back stretch. It was an absolutely fantastic massage. Different from the massages I usually get, and well worth the $20 for 15 minutes.

Just as the vendors were packing up and we were making our way out of the street fair, a man pointed at my shirt and said, "Nice shirt!"

I was wearing a t-shirt with a batiked tree design that I bought at a YSO street fair some 20 years or so ago when I lived there. It turns out he and his business partner were the artists who had made my t-shirt! They don't make that style any more because it's so labor intensive. I thanked them and told them what a great shirt it is. How cool is it that I met the artists!

Sunday morning, after all that activity, I felt sore, but "normal" sore. Like I used to be in years past. It was the best feeling.


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