Last night Monte and I met Joel downtown. He’s been a friend of ours for about as long as we have lived in Austin, and he has enjoyed (?) some of our most exciting moments sailing on Lake Travis. And, he STILL wants to hang out with us!
We bumped into a couple of our friends, and Joel bumped into a couple of his friends, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy yourselves, and enjoy the friends and family that you are blessed to share it with.
We joined friends tonight to listen to music at Donn’s Depot downtown. Chris Gage is a favorite of mine, and he played Christmas songs and welcomed other musicians to join him. It was a fun night!
Chris Gage and Jimmie Dale Gilmore playing If You Were a Bluebird:
Yesterday was the first day since my vacation started that I didn’t have anything already on the todo list. It was all my day. So I lounged around in the AM, hit the gym, did a little bead shopping, made some shepherd’s pie (yum)…. Just relaaaaaxed.
An extra treat was to see a couple of friends that stopped by the house: first Rob, and then Marty.
THEN in the evening we headed downtown to Donn’s Depot to listen to the amazingly talented Chris Gage during his weekly gracing of the stage there. WHAT a great show. Chris was joined onstage, as usual, by a host of other musicians in the house singing rockin’ Christmas songs til the wee hours – his wife and music partner Christine Albert, the King of Hillbilly R&R Jon Emery, newly Grammy nominated Kym Warner of The Greencards, David Carroll on upright bass, Jeff Tveraas, and the incredible Marcia Ball… It just can’t get better than that.
I saw my friend Winker, and I ran into my friend Kathy who I haven’t seen in at least a couple years. It was fun to catch up with her.
A simply perfect night.
Albert and Gage are one of my all time favorite musicians. Chris has a brand new instrumental christmas album out, Ornaments, which I’ve played a few hundred times already this year 🙂 And A&G have a Christmas album called One More Christmas that I bought last night which is fantastic as well. Check out all their stuff whether solo or together, you’ll enjoy them. By the way, A&G are playing the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at noon today…go see ’em!
Here are a few pics from the night…not great, since I didn’t want to use the flash, but you can see the awesomeness of the night…