When Old is New Again
August 23, 2015
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Earlier this year, a long-time friend told me she had joined a band. At the age of slightly over 50, she was playing the keyboard for a rock band! She told me about some upcoming performances and then said something like “it’s a Cat Stevens cover band.” I’ve heard of Cat Stevens, know he had a run of popularity way back when I was barely out of diapers, but had never really ever listened to him. I couldn’t name a single song of his to be honest and wondered why somebody would form such a band.
But I wanted to support my friend. After a few failed efforts at seeing my friend perform, I was able to do so. At the Sutter Creek Theater, MagicKat performed last night. Before the performance, we met friends for dinner at Element, an uber fancy restaurant — the kind where you can pay $32 for rib eye steak and get two little nuggets of beef on a plate with asparagus and potato puree, $6 for the arancini appetizer and get two little balls of deep-fried rice. But that’s okay. The food was good, the company was better. I was just kind of hungry afterwards.
We than adjourned to the theater, a small town place that probably can seat no more than 100 people. It’s a narrow, cramped little place tucked into a space that might qualify as a small fixer-upper if it was a house. After more than two hours, I can now say that I recognized one song. I enjoyed the performance. These days, regardless of whether I know the music, I enjoy seeing musicians perform and this band was no disappointment. Three guitars, a drummer, a celloist!!!, and my friend at keyboards. The guitarist performing the role of Cat Stevens sounded exactly like him. He’s 63 and has been playing Cat Stevens songs for more than 40 years. Have I mentioned the best way to intrigue me with music is to include the cello?
The music was good enough for me to want to check Cat Stevens out on Spotify today and now I have somebody new to listen to.