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I posed the question on FB - to drive or take the train and where should we eat. It was Restaurant Week in NYC and as such, restaurants were slammed. We decided to drive in. We parked directly under Lincoln Center. Could it be any easier?
We actually ate at the restaurant IN Avery Fisher Hall, Arpeggio. It was swoon worthy delicious. We finished our dessert two minutes before the show started.
The opening number, performed with Aoife O'Donovan, was "I Have a Need For Solitude." She then went right into "This Shirt," perhaps one of my favorite songs. Ever. I was utterly captivated and moved to tears more than once throughout the night. The first four songs were performed acoustically - guitar and piano renditions; her background singers, along with Aoife, were the uber talented Shawn Colvin and Tift Merritt. When they sang "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," it was a raucous good time.
And then. The Philharmonic filed onto the stage. I sat there having an almost outer body experience; I was so proud of MCC. I could only imagine the sheer delight she felt at hearing her songs remastered with one of the most amazing orchestras in the world! No doubt, it was a dream come true; it must have been so monumentally amazing to be MCC in that moment.
When Joan Baez joined her on stage, the audience rose to its feet. A legend in our midst. I immediately thought of my mama. We were introduced to Joan Baez in the womb. They sang "Stones In The Road." (Imagine this with a soundtrack orchestra beautifully highlighting the lyrics.)
The first encore was my friend Kathy's very favorite song in the world from MCC. Like all her songs, the lyrics are just right. This particular song has an emotional reason for being Kathy's favorite. So, when "10,000 Miles" started I immediately thought of Kathy. I texted her during intermission to tell her how much she would have loved them show. (I didn't know until last week she was an MCC fan, otherwise, she too would have been there!)
Throughout the night, I KNEW, without a shadow of a doubt, that if my friend Trish lived in Westchester still, she absolutely would have been there with me. Trish and I lived through some of my own personal darkest days with books, good food, tears, quiet time on a porch in Spring Lake and, of course, a shared love of gorgeous music. I had to text her during intermission as well.
THIS happened during intermission too. First time in the history of life - a line at the men's room and NOT at the women's room.
Speaking of heart beats...
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THIS song was the final song of the show Saturday night. EVERY performer on stage. The orchestra on stage. It. Was. Fantastic.
You know the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way