Thursday, January 1, 2009
The Last Year of Cool Glasses Begins!
Yes, those really neat glasses that spell out the new year that we've seen for the last 9 Decembers 31st are going to have to be replaced by some other ghastly gaudiness next New Year's Eve. 2009 is the last year of this millennium where people can use the "double-aughts" as glasses. Sigh! It is so sad when an era is over.
Some traditions will not die, however, and one of them is that The Tim and Bob Show will perform at Patty Lou's Restaurant the first day of each year beginning at 11 o'clock. And so it was that this long-standing engagement continued for the third straight year!
Steve and Kathy had not been back from California for very long before the end of the year was upon us. They brought daughter Hillary back from Oakland where she just completed her studies at the California College of Art. Welcome home Hilly! Steve, who had managed to escape the allergies that made him almost mute last December, had a touch of the evil when he returned, but -- soldier that he is -- the gig never looked in doubt.
Of course, we weren't sure how much enthusiasm we'd have after a joint New Year's Eve celebration that featured Boar Doe [this is NOT a joke], Fume Blanc, soy milk egg nog with brandy, prosciutto, Jarlesburg, goat cheese, brownies, diet Dr. Pepper, and the Marx Brothers. We need not have worried. We had just enough energy to make it to the gig.
How was it? Well, it was lyrical, that's what. We featured a lot of the tunes off our CD Take it Outside [by the way, we still have a few copies left to sell you --> click HERE], and we were most pleased to see the fantastic Karen Emerson come strolling in carrying her music stand and flute. Many Tim and Bob Nationals have raved over "It Ends; It Begins," but hardly anyone has heard the song with the same five musicians featured on the CD. Indeed, this was only the second time we'd performed the song with Karen in front of an audience. By the time we were finished, every eye in the restaurant was on us, including the dishwasher and cook.
All of us were in good voice, but Kathy most especially so. In addition to taking the lead on "It Ends; It Begins," Kathy also blew away the crowd with her version of "The Rose." She also provided a rare Tim and Bob track and field relay moment, when she left the stage in the middle of "Hotel California" to personalize some autographed CDs. She barely made it back in time for the finale.
We made some new friends, including Kim and Stefanie, two young ladies who will be US Army 2LTs when their class graduates from West Point this Spring, as well as Kim's mother Diana. Also Sandy and Joanie, who we know as ushers at Harlequin Dinner Theatre showed up. Tim and Bob Nationals in attendance included Steve's co-worker George and his wife Alice. Casey and Larry were also there for great eats and good sounds, and, of course, the wonderful Karen.
We hadn't played since December 19, so we really needed this gig. Anyone who was there could tell you that we really had a ball. 2008 was a fantastic year for the band, and we're happy to have begun 2009 on such a positive note. We look forward to seeing all of you soon.
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