I’m inspired & blessed! My friend & PE&D writer Jeff Shivers & I just came from an awe-inspiring Tom Booth concert at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. The church was filled with parishoners & more for a benefit for our music ministry there. What awesome music we heard. Tom’s music is heard & sung worldwide in all the Catholic churches through our own Oregon Catholic Press. Songs like You Gotta Serve Somebody, Cry the Gospel (written for the Pope!), Spirit of God, Slipping, Sacred Silence & Captured truly gladdened the hearts of the audience. At one point, our choir director Kathy lent her gorgeous vocals to the spirited Here I Am Lord (sung often at Mass), with the whole congregation raising their voices in song. Tom’s band is extraordinary & a perfect backdrop for his music. Newest member of the band, splendid guitarist/vocalist Ben Walther also performed a couple of his polished originals, Let Go & Make Your Home in Me. I’m listening
right now to one of Tom’s many outstanding CDs called Unravel. It rocks! If you Google Tom Booth online, you can hear many of Tom’s compositions & he says he’s got at least 15 more simmering in his mind right now. How lucky we are.
Friend & Wood Works drummer Ed Jordan joined me for the fabulous NW Food & Wine Festival at the Lloyd Center Double Tree. What a treat it was sampling all the sumptuous wines & delectable food! Again this year, Jaybird Koder, entertained the packed room w/his superb guitar & vocals. I look forward to this event every year and this time there was more food fare to go along with wine & spirits like Coffee Rum & Cherry Bomb (made w/Oregon cherries). One of the outstanding restaurants represented was The Ringside, serving tender shoulder steak bites & tasty pumpkin soup. The only downfall of the evening was a couple of parking tickets ($100 worth!). We thought parking was free on Saturdays. Didn’t it used to be?
Another one of my favorite events of the year is Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards & this year was no exception. Kudos goes to Lisa Mann, who won three awards, as well as Kevin Selfe & Curtis Salgado. For a complete list of winners, go to the CBA’s website. Franco Paletta & the Stinger’s opened the show with a fine set of blues; but the best part of the evening was the performance of the Muddy All-Stars w/band leader Dee Williams. Many of the winners were represented onstage throughout the set. At one point, three powerhouse guitar players graced the stage at one time! Thanks go out to the CBA for another fabulous production.
Since I’m running short on time, energy & space, I must close the “Notes” for this time. Although I must mention another awesome show by Wood Works at Knuckleheads; & the incredible Donna Beaudin & Erik Burch at the new spot in town, Your Mother’s Living Room (see article this issue).
‘Till next time, URLVD!.................................................Bonnie Carter, ed.