Wednesday, March 02, 2011

A Honeydew Summer....

So, the joke goes, "Where does a Honeydew go on its vacation each summer?"

The answer, of course is to Melon Camp.

Get it?

John Mellencamp?

Well, John played in Columbia last Saturday night and the audience was a mixed crowd.

Older (me) and young and lots of in between.

Nobody in the sell-out crowd at Township Auditorium was disappointed.

He said it would be an evening of songs you knew, and songs you didn't know. Well, not yet.

Some thoughts that might be new and others that you already had.

Some patriotic songs. Sad songs. Love songs.

With a great backing band. Or a soaring, roaring solo.

Brightly lighted stage, sparkling lights or a single flood lamp.

Acoustic and then HIGHLY amplified.

The floor thumped from the bass at times.

I even climbed the stairs up to the back of the balcony to see the overall effect.

Everything had been trucked in - lights, sound system, speakers, backdrop, etc.

It all would be packed up and leave town later that night. In big trucks.

Down to Florida then out to Texas and Colorado. Up the coast of California and into Canada. Diesel is already at $3.56 a gallon. Yikes.

I'm glad he chose to stop in South Carolina.

(Click on the pictures for more detail. My Canon S90 digital still camera was pretty busy but a fellow nearby making a long video was escorted out by security. James Taylor will be in Columbia Wednesday March 23. I'm glad I don't shoot video.)

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