I am not one that can just come home and crash. I need a little wind down time. Besides my beautiful bride is out of town, so I don't really care to go to bed right now. I just got home from a seeing David Wilcox at Workplay. My friend Dave, who turned me onto to Wilcox a year or so ago, met me at show. We met a hour and half early and had some beverages, talked and enjoyed the fellowship. I met some neat folks, saw some old friends and just hung out.
Wilcox came out and did not stop playing, literally, for the next two hours. It was great, though he clearly was more engaged in the music than the crowd. There wasn't one moment when he was not picking, strumming, or tuning the guitar. Even the few times when addressed the crowd or introduced a song it was while he played. This wasn't a problem for me, the music was beautiful, the lyrics bouncing back and forth from the comical to the sublime. His mastery of the fretboard was obvious as his fingers effortlessly flowed across the strings. As I listened to the incredible lyrics, heard his musical stories, I yearned to know him more, to talk with him, to hear about his family, his journey, his inspiration. I understand he is a Quaker, and I could see how that could be true. I was caught up in the bliss of witnessing an artist do what real artists do, carry you to another place.
My friend, Dave, who has seen him six or seven times, told me afterwards that he usually tells more stories, converses with the audience more. I will enjoy that then next time I see him, but tonight was about music and that suited me just fine. Thanks to my friend Dave who gave me the invite, and to David Wilcox for one of the better Thursday evenings that I have had in a while.
Dave and I agreed to seek more opportunities to catch some good shows. I hope we can make The Greencards concert at the same venue on June 29. The cost is only $8 and while I am not familiar with the opening act, I love The Greencards. If you like acoustic music with some energy, I encourage anyone that reads this to drop by. Workplay is a great venue. If you see me, be sure to stop and say hello. Heck, I'll let you buy me a drink. Good friends, good spirits, great music in a good place. What else do we need. As Wilcox reminded us at end of the show, everything can be holy.