To see just how much music one can experience in Music City, check out the newly posted Musicalogs on the right-hand portion of this page. It’s a record of my concertgoing exploits in Nashville. Wow, I went to a lot of concerts. Simply fabulous.
Not so many this year. But the ones I did see were amazing. Quality, not quantity. It’s hard to pick a highlight, but the Long Players’ performance of “Who’s Next” (May) ranks right up there. I still can’t believe I was there for it.
Other ones worth mentioning:
-- Mark Knopfler (July), especially “Telegraph Road.” That song is like a formal dress or the good china -- something rare and special, savored in its infrequency. I could write pages about what that song means to me. But I will spare you. Seeing MK in the Auditorium Theater with a great friend made the experience even more wonderful.
-- Graham Parker (June), playing the songs I most wanted to hear. Amazing and joyful.
-- Webb Wilder in Chicago (last night). My favorite guitarist wasn't with them, but other than that it was one of the best and most enjoyable Webb shows I can remember. He is welcomed as a star in Chicago -- as well he should be.
Now that I’ve seen the dBs (September), there is virtually no group left on my concert wish list. Well, except XTC ... and I sure would love to see Marshall Crenshaw again at some point in the very near future ...