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"Summertime, and the livin' is easy . . . "
It's a good thing to be in San Antonio in the summertime. It's hot, but we know how to cope, and even thrive. In fact, one could even say that the summer nights make the summer days worth it. And summer nights spent making music in a cool, friendly establishment, with a frosty beverage at hand, amongst a group of fine folk, is the very essence of easy livin'. Man, that Gerschwin guy knew what he was talkin' about!
It was easy livin' indeed last Thursday, as Tom McKenna, Florence Bunten, Erika Wert and Maria Larson joined in for another fine musical evening at the Olmos Bharmacy. It was also nice to see such a good crowd, ebbing and flowing througout the evening, on hand to enjoy it.
Here Tom & Florence joyously share another incredibly depressing song.
Great to see the rugby players back! They've been a part of the Bharmacy almost since its inception (as has our little session) and, it's good to have those friendly faces back in the audience. Of course, it's also good to have rugby players on your side when the brawl starts. Just sayin' . . .
Tom does his best to duck out of sight.
At one rugger's request, I was happy to reprise the song "John Barleycorn", which is certainly more than appropriate for a fine drinking establishment. After all, it's that "barbarous" treatment of the barley that provides the pub its raison d'être. A great old English folksong famously recorded by Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi in 1970. Of course, I was only two at the time, so I didn't hear it until much, much later. Yeah, right.
That's right, it's that famous blues man, Blind Lemon Pledge . . .
It's one of the most fun things about playing music in such a comfortable setting, that there's lots of interaction with all types of folk -- recalling tunes ("Hey, there was this song I used to know . . . "), remembering when we first heard them ("I remember, I was on the way to Fort Benning . . . "), and answering questions ("Hey, why do you keep playin' that old stuff?"). Oh, well, it takes a village, doesn't it?
Jeff Davis joined in the week before. I think he's gone off to a yodeling retreat in the Tyrol for the next few weeks, though.
So, come on out and share some of your own memories tonight, and almost every Thursday night at the Olmos Bharmacy. We'll keep on "playin' that old stuff", along with, who knows(?), maybe some new stuff, too. Raise a glass, and sing along!