No Choice, Really.

Yes; I know. It’s been a while since I posted anything. The last month of a semester is a crushingly busy time of year for a professor. I’ll do better. I promise.

Last night E and I drove an hour and a half to Ithaca, NY for a holiday concert. I can hardly believe we would do that, but there was a good reason for it. One of E’s favorite bluegrass bands, the Claire Lynch band, was putting on a special concert at the La Tourelle resort. This is the place where the Winter Village Bluegrass festival takes place every January. We first heard Claire Lynch at last year’s festival. Her band has just released a holiday CD, and the jacket art for that CD was photographed at La Tourelle when they were there last January. So, when we found out they were going to be doing this concert, we had to go.

Me (back in early November): Hey, look at this. Claire Lynch is doing a holiday concert in Ithaca Dec. 4.

E: We have to go!!!

Me: You’ve got to be kidding. It’s an hour and a half from home.

E: We have to go!!!

Me: It’s a work night. I have to get up and go to work the next morning.

E: We have to go!!!

Me: What time do you think it would end?!! Add an hour and a half to that, and that’s what time we’d be getting home! We’re old fogies now! We can’t be out that late!

E: We have to go!!!

Me: I wonder if we could get a hotel room for overnight?

In any event, after a few more days of “discussion,” I got us a couple of tickets, and our plans were set. Interestingly, earlier this week a florist in Ithaca ran a contest offering free tickets to anyone who could identify some photos of some flowers. E identified them, and she won!!! So now we had too many tickets. Would you believe we couldn’t find anyone who could use them? We couldn’t give them away!

The concert was terrific. The band did a bunch of the songs on the holiday CD, and they were done with the sweet, swinging subtlety that only bluegrass instruments can provide. There were only a couple hundred people in the audience, and during intermission we had an opportunity to talk with the band members as they mingled with the audience. In the second set they did the song “Dear Sister” that won Claire the IBMA “song of the year” award this year.



All in all it was a wonderful evening. Yes; we did get home at midnight, and yes, the drive home was grueling. But I’m glad we went. So is E. She knew we had to go!

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