NEWS FROM THE SHADOWLANDS
It's been a quiet week in Lake Country, my hometown... where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average.
I have had my day at A Prairie Home Companion. And it was incredible.
The more I learn at Ham U and the more I take classes that earn me an English degree, the more I connect with this show. Thus, the more I'm going to hate it when it's gone and done.
The host, Garrison Keilor, is in his 44th year of the show and the 45th season, not to mention his 73rd year. The man is a performer who happens to be a writer, even if he would tell you he's not talented nor dynamic. He takes Minnesota Modest to a new plane of existance (really) and does it in a way that makes you laugh, reflect, smile, and dance.
Fun, fun show. Fun, fun night.
At one point before they went on the air, Mr. Keilor knocked the music stand in a way that the pile of papers for the entire show fell onto the ground. The crowd gasped. Everything on stage kinda stopped for a moment. In his stride, though, he just gave a casual shrug.
"We just changed the order of the show a bit."
Classic. Seriously. Absolutely classic.
There may not have been any skits with Guy Noir or The Lives of the Cowboys that evening, nor a perennial favorite with the mom and the boy who never comes home - I can't think of the name - but he did the News from Lake Wobegon, of course.
(You know what? I've been writing this journal for an hour. Maybe I'm tired or something.)
Long story short, great show, great night, great GRANDEUR! (I guess you had to be there)..
Great gatsby, it's late and I'm tired. I'm just glad I got to go to the show. I don't say the word 'bucket list' ever, but that was on my hit list. Right up there with the Zelda concert from a few years ago, that was one of those things that might be an endangered species - as the man says, we're not all destined to last forever - and thus, going to this show for me was a priority. I may never get to go to a Johnny Cash concert, I may never make it to a Billy Joel concert (even though he's still around) and the odds of going to a number of other places won't be likely (until I make money, have money, and can actually afford time) but, now, I have gone to a PHC show and I'm happy.
Going to Renfest will now be an endangered species - the lease on the land for the place expires in 2017 - and so too will PHC shows.
But I've done this. And all is write with the world.
(Yeah, I totally did it.)