Saturday, July 24, 2010

I'm still standing

Well it's been a few days since I made my last post and given its depressing nature I thought maybe I ought to just let you know I haven't committed suicide or anything like that, haha.. I'm still here.

The way I look at it, it is what it is. No country or person is invulnerable and no country is going to last forever. There is only one Kingdom that will prevail and will last for eternity and that's enough to give me peace of mind.

So.. last Tuesday we saw the final stop of the Carole King / James Taylor tour, at the Honda Center in Anaheim. This sort of completes a circle - the very first rock/pop concert I saw was 39 years ago in March of 1971 at the Anaheim Convention Center. It was headlined by James Taylor, with Carole King and Jo Mama as the supporting acts.

Carole King was ill that evening and only played a few songs. Now 39 years later I had the privilege of hearing her and James Taylor again. Jo Mama is defunct but their guitarist, Danny Kortchmar, is still around and he was on stage Tuesday along with Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar. What a group of amazingly talented musicians!

While both JT and Carole King were great, I have to say Ms. King really shone. She exudes such joy in everything she does - such a totally uplifting person! You can't help but catch it from her - her enthusiasm is so contagious. The two of them are like old friends and I'm so glad for the opportunity to have heard them once again the other night.

You know, way back in the 70's, Amy and I were at J-Town and we saw Ms. King eating by herself at the counter of a sushi bar. My big regret is not bothering her for her autograph. I don't like bothering people but she is so special that this would have been the time to make an exception!


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