Thank you too, gussiecat... you're right, I did go to the concert with a heavy heart, and my spirits were entirely lifted, and by the end, with the countless encores Leonard did (which was such a lovely way to do the show), I felt like a child at Christmas time with no end to the presents in sight... And the masterfulness of the show overall was incredible, the musicianship was astounding (just who is that Mandolin player from Barcelona? I now have to research him), but just everyone on stage was superb... and Sharon Robinson, so lovely to hear her voice, and the Webb Sisters when they performed "If It Be Your Will," with the harp and the heavenly golden lighting, it really was to arrive in some celestial place where all is well and will always be well... And so much of the show was like that, as if you'd arrived at this heavenly place... It seems the result of years of pain, combined with great talent, searing moments of madness and inspiration, and something else, some heavenly dimension that Leonard has somehow built for us... it's a place where we can bring our hearts fully.. and he's so much fun and funny too (!)... Leonard, I thank you from the bottom of what feels to be my much tattered heart these days... you've lifted me up, and given me love and even solace amid all the others there at the Beacon who were sharing this wondrousness with me and my husband... I've only recently given my twin brother, who suffers from schizophrenia, an early compilation CD, I'm blanking on the name, actually, that has Suzanne on it, and he too is so very taken with you, your compositions and your words... And I'm sure that everyone who saw the concert last night is feeling today, on the morning after, just gently buoyed by it... lifted slightly... with the world a sweetly altered place... today... and in our memories... I thank you...gussiecat wrote:It was magnificent, it tore at your heart…..I was there last night in NYC. There will be reviews galore, so I offer you only my soul’s overview: it was a thrill of the deepest kind, passionate, tough, and sweet. It erased every pain you entered the theater with and replaced it with a joy close to sorrow. I had not seen him since 1992, but have followed his work so closely. This concert was heaven for me. I raced back to our room for the 12:01 announcement to find that he’ll be playing in my city as well – such gifts! But even if I don’t get to see him there, it won’t matter: tonight will last and last. Thank you Leonard, thank you. You have shown the world that age is an illusion, that art is personal and public all at once, that humans can rise higher than any of us can fathom in this sphere.
(And on a more practical note: no, I didn’t go to the pre-show, so I don’t know what happened, but am curious. Someone there mentioned some celebrities in attendance at the concert and I saw some limos outside, but not who was in them. Can’t wait for everyone else’s comments – I just couldn’t sleep in – had to get up and read the forum!)
edit: forgot the extra 'b' in Webb, then I messed this thing up... v.