One last note on music. (Oooh, another nice pun). My husband and I caught an interesting program during the pledge drive for our local PBS station: Roy Orbison Black & White Night. My husband loved it so much I then bought him the updated package released for the 30 anniversary of that magical night.
I know a lot about Orbison. He's one of my favourite artists and my husband and I were even lucky enough to see him in person in Toronto many years ago. I'd never heard about this night, though.
Now I'll be downloading the CD and playing it in my car where I can enjoy listening to the music and also sing to it like no one is listening. I love to sing but I do much better at it when no one is listening.
The songs are wonderful. Orbison was such a talented songwriter. But it is his voice I love the most. It inspires, relaxes, uplifts, soothes, entices, romances, and invigorates, sometimes all at once. And it definitely calls to the soul, so to speak.
That magical Orbison night occurred in 1987, less than a couple of years before Orbison died. The idea was an old club night and the setup was the Ambassador Hotel's Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles.
Accompanying Orbison were all kinds of magical others like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, T Bone Burnett. Elvis Presley's TCB band and other musicians played backup.
Watching is even better than listening because these guys had such a wonderful time playing together that time. They would be watched by millions but they were simply having a good time together, singing and playing like no one was watching.