Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hard to Beat the House Concert

Tonight it was once again my honor to join up with Eli Beth to play music. You can read in early posts how I met Eli by wandering into the open stage she hosted at Corner Coffee here in Indianapolis.

Eli and I have always worked well together. Our musical tastes and styles complement one another. Quite frankly, she brings out the best in my playing, and tonight was no exception.

We played all our favorites, some originals of Eli's including Dead End Road and Dance With Me, Gillian Welch's Orphan Girl, I Only Want to Be with You, and many more. But tonight it was the audience that made the evening.

House concerts are a wonderful idea. We shared an evening of intimate music with 15 folks. We didn't use a sound system, opting for dessert and coffee or wine instead. We got to talk to everybody there and make some new friends along the way.

If you get a chance to go to a house concert, do it! It's a great experience. If you're feeling really froggy, host one. It just takes a willingness to share space with a few good friends to enjoy music up close and personal. As one of tonight's listeners put it, "It's way better than sitting in front of the hi-fi."


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