I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A Song For Today
If you had told me 10, 20, or 30 years ago that I would go see this guy in concert, I would have laughed at the notion. If you had told me I would end up seeing him three times in five years, I would have guffawed you into oblivion. A few years ago, I saw Lyle Lovett and his Large Band — it was somewhat of a spur of the moment decision. I hadn’t heard much of his work, but he had an album that I downloaded once upon a time and I liked some of the songs. (Just went and looked it up — the album was 2003’s My Baby Don’t Tolerate.) It was a great concert. His Large Band featured some great musicians playing a wide variety of instruments.
A couple of years later, he came through the area, putting on an acoustic concert with John Hiatt. I went, it was entertaining. A good show.
There is something ironic and sarcastic and humorous and endearing about his lyrics. To me, Lovett offers a little slice of Americana with this music that hits a lot of buttons. He tells amusing stories in between songs and … so … I’m going to see him again in a couple of weeks. Call me a Lyle Lovett fan. Go ahead. I’ll guffaw in your face and be totally comfortable with that.