April 9, 2011
The following comes from guest-blogger Katie Anderson (mother of Weekly managing editor, Mark Anderson) and her account of Friday's account of the Jim Curry Tribute to John Denver at the Sunset Center.
I took notes, as best I could in the darkness, during the concert -- which was kinda fun, because it made me pay more attention to what was happening (kinda like when I was in confirmation and had to take notes during the sermons). Here's my report:
A Tribute to the Music of John Denver with Jim Curry: The group consisted of keyboard (who did vocals), percussion/drums, flute, bass guitar (on a cool antique-looking instrument held upright on a stand), guitar and vocal who happened to be his wife and the JD guitarist/singer. The crowd definitely fit our age group—warm and responsive—spontaneous singing and clapping along at times.
Set 1: Rocky Mountain High (slides showing on backdrop screen throughout all the songs), Leaving on a Jet Plane, Annie's Song, Yellowstone Coming Home (last know song he wrote—about wolves in Yellowstone—we got to howl in response in chorus), Grandma's Feather Bed (a true story from growing up in Alabama—no holding back the clapping on this one), Breezes in Old Shanghai, Eagles and Horses (with a cedar flute intro which this group added), Be Back Home Again (aw'shucks lyrics and twang, but that's the appeal), Thank God I'm a Country Boy
Set 2: Late Winter, Early Spring (instrumental), Welcome to . . ., Perhaps, Fly Away (with his wife singing beautifully on Olivia Newton John's parts), Home Grown Tomatoes (new to us --"only two things money can't buy is love and home-grown tomatoes"), Matthew (with scenes in the background of country farms and fields and "Matthew" running through them), Sunshine on My Shoulders, Country Roads
Finale: Calypso (full, dramatic finish)
Encore—solo —This Old Guitar
Encore 2—full group—Sweet Surrender
Nostalgic, in a most positive way.