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Part 2 St Louis Tweet-Up

Part 2: The Tweet-up

Long story short: We went to the Gateway Arch and then went out to dinner. Oh and I was held up at gunpoint! Okay I wasn’t but I did witness a robbery so I feel terribly bad ass.

A happy tune for friendship, fellowship and good times!

We were a dozen people with world views so different that, in other circumstances, we might have been sitting across a table glowering at each other. But we never stopped laughing, and hugging and chatting and enjoying each other’s company. “We’re here to celebrate the things we have in common”said one of us. “A common sense of humor is a powerful thing” said another. I think these meet-ups have magic. People will fly across the country to attend them. People overcome unbelievable psychological hurdles just to come and be a part of the magic. Sometimes people’s whole lives have been changed at these gatherings! I usually just drive a couple of hours to enjoy the fantastic company and see a great show so I doubt I contribute much to the magic. I sure love to see it in action though. Someday someone is going to realize I’m an interloper at these proceedings and they’re going to make me leave. But until then I’m having a blast!

Tune in tomorrow when we get on with the show!

Bill Evans, Missed Opportunities, And Me

Every time I listen to another Bill Evans song I think “Now this is his most beautiful song” and then I hear some more. “Some Other Time” is a perfect example. I think it’s his most beautiful song.

This particular version of “Some Other Time” comes from a 1961 live recording at the Village Vanguard. ┬áBill recorded it again in 1975 with Tony Bennett. For me the lyrics really change the mood of the song. The version I posted feels absolutely peaceful but Tony Bennet’s vocals about missed opportunities bring out the wistful qualities.

I guess missed opportunities happen to us all. I wonder if it’s even possible to always remain open and receptive to all the bounty the universe wishes to give us. Then again it’s sometimes hard to even recognize opportunities when they do crop up because the mysterious forces which guide the heavens and earth are, well… mysterious! But as long as opportunity pins me down and knocks sharply and repeatedly on my forehead with a blunt object, I’ll be sure to seize it immediately!

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