Friday, February 17, 2012

Back from the Dead

Last night my brother George and I went to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing music of the Grateful Dead. They had this fantastic band with them, Forever Young. Forever Young is from Hamburg, right in our own back yard! That is the band up above. It is their Facebook picture. The bushy-haired guy is a tremendous keyboard player and singer. I cannot wait to get to work so I can write a little more about him.

Meanwhile I wrote about the concert for the paper but I got carried away and wrote too long and the already overworked city editor had to cut my review with an ax. So I am afraid to read it!

This morning as I made coffee I found myself singing "Sugar Magnolia."

I said to Howard: "In any of the bands you played in, Howard, did you ever play Grateful Dead songs?"

Howard did not look up from the Wall Street Journal.

"Probably," he said.

Then he said: "The fact that I don't remember means that I probably did."


I have a soft spot for the Grateful Dead ever since I went with George to California to catch the band's big New Year's Eve show in Oakland, in addition to two other shows. In that one week, and I am not exaggerating, I lost 12 pounds. I came home and couldn't believe it.

My furtive liking for the Grateful Dead was one of the few secrets I kept from Leonard Pennario. He would absolutely not have been able to deal with it.

Can't help it...

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