Thanks for popping in, Happy Sunday to you. After a brilliant Friday night at The Black Deer Festival here, just 10 minutes down the road from us, with wonderful Anais Mitchell, and then back on Saturday for a spectacular dance and sing along to none other than the legendary Bonnie Raitt AND my personal favourite, Chrissy Hynde and the Pretenders, Dave and I opted for a softer Sunday. It promised showers too, so we decided to pass on Day 3. Tell you what though, at 73 years of age, Bonnie Raitt is better than ever. Laid back Californian loveliness. Her voice is pitch perfect, and she just looks amazing. And as for Chrissy, well, I’ve always loved her. She’s 71 too! Amazing energy – and so powerful. She comes across as quite an angry woman, a stressy performer, but she always has been. And oh boy! She still has her unique one in a million voice. And I know most of the words too. Talk about let my your down!! We were right up the front – and I got right into it! And I know for sure: Chrissy Hynde looked straight at me, smiled and nodded, like she was happy I was happy. Magic.
I remember many years ago, going to a Beyoncé gig with Grace in Manchester, when she was at university there. Grace is her biggest fan! She has loved that woman from Destiny’s Child days. Anyway, I had got Grace 2 surprise tickets for her and a friend – and she asked me to go with her! How cool is that? In fact, I bought her a Beyoncé ticket for her birthday this year too! Concert’s coming up very soon….Anyway, picture the scene: Beyoncé was on stage, and Grace was standing right at the front. I was standing a little behind Grace, who was dancing and singing, and generally having a blast. I watched as Beyoncé saw Grace in the crowd, and literally stopped in her tracks, did a second take, stared at her, and gave her a big smile. (Grace did look like a young version of Beyoncé, and she’d even done her hair like hers). I will never forget the euphoric look on Grace’s face, when she swang round to see whether I had caught the moment too. “Did you see, Mum?!?!? She smiled at me” And I nodded. Well, I had my Chrissy Hynde moment yesterday too.
Cream crackered today though! I bet Bonnie and Chrissy are too! I was only watching!! Does you good to let rip every now and again. Two all time legends in one night. Bonkers. And both in recovery. Respect.
I retreated to my pottery studio today, to spend some time pottering, and have a talk with my Dad. He may be gone on ahead of us, but I still talk to him most days. He liked The Pretenders too.
Quote for today:
Grief never ends…Author unknown.
but it changes.
It’s a passage, not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…
It is the price of Love.
See you tomorrow in the SHAC at 10am. or catch up later. Let’s do another Flowers and Butterfly Doodle. I’ve got a different one lined up for us – really nice.
Barb x x x