Saturday, March 12, 2011
Close to Heaven
One factor that was unique for me last night was that this was the first time that my daughter-in-law and granddaughter were with me at a CGT performance. I had no concern whether they would enjoy the show, as I know the ability of the trio to delight a very diverse musical audience. I was aware that as a ten year old, my granddaughter would be challenged by 90 minutes of unfamiliar music. I'm certain she has heard some of their recordings, because of my own listening; but she is developing her own musical aesthetic at this point. This is precisely why I wanted her to see and hear these three wonderful guitarists live.
Her attention was riveted during the first few pieces, the power and presence of Paul, Bert, & Hideyo put a sparkle in her eye. Then she began to tire, sitting still on a Friday night, close to bed time. A church pew, surrounded by thunderous & glorious sounds, does not make for an ideal bed, so I held her. As she curled towards me, with the swirls of magic emanating from the trio's guitars, I was very close to heaven. Love and tenderness of family, friends, music, and musicians filled my heart with joy. During their rendition of Pink Floyd's Echoes, she began to listen again; soon her body responding to the music. During Classical Gas I realized I was around her age when I first heard this piece by Mason Williams. As Bach's Tocatto & Fugue filled this hallowed space, I was deeply touched with love, gratitude, and happiness for all that Guitar Craft has brought into our troubled world.
In the presence of music, we were all able to let go of our concerns for an evening. Revived and nourished by music, I am a better man this morning. Wishing that my granddaughter's relationship with music continues to grow and flourish, and for us all to touch the present moment of the creative process. My deep thanks to Paul, Bert, and Hideyo for continuing to challenge themselves to grow musically, and endure the hardships of the touring musician, to share their work with audiences.