I went out at night by myself and I came back and in between the drive there in the dark night and the drive back in the even inkier darkness, I had a wonderful time. I met up with my friend Kati and we sat at the bar (all the tables were filled- on a Tuesday night!) and we ate delicious salads and listened to the music and it was wonderful.
It occurs to me that every picture I post of Lis and Lon playing at the Mockingbird looks the same but here you go anyway.
The picture may be terrible, but the music was sweet and easy and pure and good. From my seat I could see Gabe's fingers flying and dancing on the fretboard and I have been watching him play for so many years and I think he was as good tonight or better than I have ever seen him. My favorite songs they do are always Lis's songs. The ones she wrote herself. They grab your spine and shiver you to your toes. One of my favorites of all my favorites is one she wrote about the many incarnations of her and Lon's lives and love together and it is absolutely unbelievably haunting and when she and Lon harmonize and close their eyes to sing together and their voices intertwine and grab and soar and become one thing, you believe. She is wordsmith as well as singer and guitar player. It absolutely amazes me that one day she just woke up and started writing songs and they came forth fully formed and they flow in every way, musically and lyrically. I was talking to Kati about this. She went to high school with Lis and says, "She's always been that way. Always." I am not surprised. Not one iota.
Well. It is late. Mr. Moon is coming in tomorrow morning to close a car deal. I do not think he shot a deer. Gibson is running the fever this evening and so the virus travels through the family and at least it does not seem to be the worst virus in the world and for that I am most grateful. I am sorry though that our little merry man has been laid low. He had such a good time today with his mama and me and we had such a good time with him.
The wind is blowing tonight and it is cool and supposed to get cooler. It is still 11/12/13 and Lis promised from the stage tonight that next year they will play on 12/13/14. Last year they played at the Mockingbird on 12/12/12.
There is magic in numbers. There was magic tonight on that stage. I went out and I came back and I am so glad I did. I got to be with ladies I love. I got good hugs and got to kiss beautiful women on their soft lips. I wore my hair down. I felt like Mary and at least every now and then, that is a fine thing to feel like.
Tonight was one of them.