Fun times

What we did Saturday night
What we did Saturday night

We don’t often go out on Saturday nights because for years Saturday night was card playing night for Cindy. We broke the pattern yesterday evening.

Our evening started with having dinner with friends at a good Italian restaurant in downtown Lafayette. I decided to be less adventurous than normal when eating Italian, I had the baked ravioli. It was great!

From there we moved on to the concert at The Long Center. We knew right away that the audience was excited to be there. How did we know? Well, the director of the center came out to welcome the crowd. He started ticking off the improvements that had been made since the previous season. New curtains had been installed to reflect the original curtains from so many years ago. The audience applauded the curtains. The sound system had been upgraded. The audience applauded the sound system. A new concert grand piano had been purchased. The audience applauded the piano. He mentioned the roses in the vase that had been supplied by a local florist. The audience applauded the roses. By then I was sure that the audience was starved for entertainment. Finally he advised the audience that we were in a cell phone free zone for the duration of the concert. And so the concert began.

I’m sure that many people who read Classical Gasbag have no idea who Judy Collins is. If you are interested, she was a famous folk singer in the early 1960’s. She expanded her repertoire to include show tunes and pop music. She is now in her 70’s and is obviously still performing. As I looked around at the rest of the audience, I noticed that there was only a handful of people there who were under the age of 60. I may be over estimating the number of people younger than 60.

Judy Collins certainly has good pipes for a woman in her seventies. The songs she sang progressed from her early music to the most recent recordings. She interspersed the songs with stories of her early and later career, dropping names of famous people as she went on. We in the audience found it charming.

On Sunday afternoon I went to the movie and saw Logan with my grandson Mason. Over the past few years we have gone to a number of superhero movies together. It is something that we both enjoy. At least I think he enjoys doing it with me. I can’t think of a reason why a high school senior would want to hang out with a geezer like me rather than spend time with a high school girl. I hope we can continue spending time together like this for a long time.

4 thoughts on “Fun times

  1. Woot! New curtains! No wonder everyone was applauding. I was just at Walmart, looking at curtains an hour ago. I’m in my 40s, and I remember Judy from being a kid in the 70s. I liked “Send in the Clowns.” Did you watch the Oscars two weeks ago? For the In Memorium part (that they botched), they sang “Both Sides Now.” I remember Judy did that one, too. So rest assured she’ll be remembered even as Generation X grows grey and hunched. 😉

    1. I did not watch the Oscars. I don’t watch them or the Emmys or the Grammys or other self-congratulatory award shows. I’m funny that way. When you said they sang “Both Sides Now” during an In Memorium segment I quickly Googled Joni Mitchell to make sure she was still alive. She is. Judy sang that song as well as another JM song, “Chelsea Morning.” She finished the concert with “Send In The Clowns” and “Amazing Grace.” I had hoped that she would sing “Farewell To Tarwathie,” but I guess she didn’t want to do it without the background singing whales.

  2. I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t want to take a young teen or sub-teen to the movie due to the language and violence, but I think adults can handle it. Patrick Stewart was especially good in the show. Do you think (or know if) Marvel will now reboot Wolverine in the flicks? They are on their 3rd Spider-Man.

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