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here’s to pony rides

November 10th, 2009 by

Last night was another great one in the theatre.  Rob and I checked out Lyle Lovett at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House.  Again, I was blown away to be in the presence of another masterful musician.  A cowboy shaman.  Go figure.

Remember when Julia Roberts was dating him and the press were having a field day spewing out all kinds of mean headlines like “Beauty and the Beast”.  Well I remember thinking how great it was.  Not that I knew either of them.  Still, I just sensed something soulful and deep there.  Maybe I’m wrong but have you listened to some of the songs he wrote while they were dating/married?  Check out: Just the Morning.  I don’t even know that he definitely wrote that for her, but it feels good believing he did.

And can I just say that three quarters of the way through the show, when he played If I Had a Boat,  the whole theatre sang along to those lines that make no logical sense – except to the soul. 

If I had a boat, I’d go out on the ocean. And if I had a pony, I’d ride him on my boat…

If that kind of adventure isn’t possible in childhood and then somehow lost on us as adults, I don’t know what is.  But I know this, riding ponies makes this kid smile on land or sea.

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