In Which I Blame My Fatigue on a Gray-Headed* Stranger
Yesterday afternoon my sources informed me that a free performance was going to take place at Millenium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, a benefit for the Chicago after school teen program run by Maggie Daley, who is married to the mayor. And said performance was to be by none other than Willie Nelson. So, that's where I went last night.
Now, Pritzker is an outdoor venue, with a block of seats up front and a lawn behind. The suits and skirts paid $1000 a head for the show and the banquet preceding, and most of them left before ol' Willie even got rolling. That left the rest of us rabble to move up into the good seats (although Marianne and I hung back and watched from our blanket on the grass) to enjoy the show. Honestly, the place was near empty, since the show wasn't publicized at all. Probably they wanted to keep us rabble out of there. Good show, though, and I'm glad I had the chance to see Willie play (although I really wish he'd done "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain"). In the past year or so I've been able to see three legends--Willie, Loretta Lynn, and George Jones. I hope they'll be touring for a long time yet, but you never know. Got to take your opportunities when they come.
*That really only works for "Red," doesn't it? You don't hear anyone referring to "Blondeheads" or "Brownheads," and "Blackheads" is something quite different.