Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In the presence of greatness - Joan Baez

No, I am not just showing off - 3 posts in as many days! 

I had the pleasure of seeing Joan Baez in concert last night.  It was a nice venue with stadium seating so the view of the stage was great!  This was a stripped down show with just Joan and one other musician. 

As she admitted, her voice has lowered an octave, but after 50 years in the business some changes are expected.    I will admit that my husband is the Joan fan more than I am, but you have to respect anyone that has been in the world of music for 50 years and still has her convictions.

She will be 70 in January and still does about 75 shows a year  - again, gotta respect that!

My first exposure to Joan's music was on my Woodstock '69 soundtrack.  Her voice was undeniable and hard to ignore!  Then in the 70's she had her biggest hit - 'The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down'.  I bought the 45 rpm record of that and still have it on my juke box.

The crowd was very quiet when she was performing, but showed their appreciation between songs.  No sign of the stray flash here and there since flash photos were not allowed.  I have to admit that I am a sucker for story songs so I was occasionally tearing up listening to her moving lyrics.  Songs like that will be around for a very long time.

It was a wonderful evening and I hope she passes our way again soon!

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