Only Justin Hayward could bring more Blue to Lexington. The University of Kentucky Wildcats were playing basketball in Rupp Arena last night...taking on rival Tennessee.
The Moodies did an orchestra show there in 1994. Worst Moodies concert ever. Justin was a gamer that day. The boy was sick, I think. I felt for him. He darted off the stage that night before the last note of Ride My See Saw faded away.
Last night Justin was just as a great gamer. There could no have been more joy around the corner in Rupp Arena with 24000 plus packed in watching the Wildcats...than the over 600 folks in the stately old...and very comfortable....Lexington Opera House. I have read a report or two about how Justin's voice is losing something. I can't help but say these thoughts are written about folks that have listened too much and have sang too little. Justin's voice is amazing. It is not thinner...it is richer. There are nuances in some of his phrasing that we get to enjoy with the nature of a solo show. The sheer power of a full blown rock show should never be compared to an intimate show like one of Justin Hayward's solo gigs.
Last night we were fortunate to enjoy Justin at the top of his game. There were a few clunky guitar bits...timing was off on a couple of occasions. That is awesome! We are not watching a robotic performance. We are watching and listening to a trio with minimal help from a soundboard and it is a pure musical experience.
My dear wife, Carrie, and I brought my Mom and Dad, both 74, to the show last night. Though I introduced my folks to The Moodies when I was a teenager in the 80s, my dad puts Jutin in his mausic box next to the kitchen table for a half an hour every day and says "I gotta go listen and sing along with the man!" Glad we were on the front row of the balcony last night. Dad was singing along with "the man".
Some of this is all lost me right now. I have one session of recording backing vocals on a 16 song album I am finishing up. I am more into my music than I am Justin or anyone else right now. I went to sleep last night thinking about how I could make a tune sound better more than hearing Justin sing a rousing version of "Forever Autumn" which he did. "The Western Sky" was another emotional ride, given the story about his brother and he looking out to their heroes of the west. We all have had our own "Western Sky" be it the Atlantic to the east, a Mountain to the left, or a kitchen table or a front porch that has meant everything to use. That is what the songwriter hopes to convey...universal truth that can just plain make people feel better. Justin Hayward has the ability to do this much better than most and we are fortunate we picked up Days of Future Passed at some point in our lives. It has made us better. That is the gift from the artist.
Hope all are safe and Peace to you.