Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Under the Stars

It usually hits us that we live somewhere amazing not when we're hanging around the house cleaning or gardening, but when we drive somewhere nearby that many others travel from around to country to see. Last night, we drove over to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA (less than an hour away) to see James Taylor. We had lawn seats, so we were among the many hundreds of those who set up chairs on the lawn, packed a nice picnic dinner, and just hung out. The best thing about this is that it's totally BYOB and food--so you can bring beer, wine, whatever you want, and sit out under the stars in the mountain-fresh air listening to some of the world's greatest musicians. Tanglewood is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home in the Berkshires, but Taylor lives in the area and occasionally they will have more mainstream performers there. If you think he has an amazing voice when you hear him on the radio, you need to see him live. I seriously started crying when I heard him sing--his voice is just so perfect, mellow, sweet, and gives you that warm, squishy feeling inside.


Laura D. said...

It's so cool to have stuff like that! There's a place similar to Tanglewood in Philly called the Mann Center (although it's in the middle of West Philly and not in the beautiful Berkshires). We've gone there twice this summer, once to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra play some Beethoven and once to hear them play music from Looney Tunes while we watched the tunes on a big screen...it's called Bugs on Broadway! Evidently, it's a yearly thing. But you can bring your booze and munchies and sit under the stars and listen to good music...what's better than that?

beans said...

I am soo jealous! I love JT and would give my right big toe to see him . .ok, maybe that is rather extreme and weird, but good for you.

I had a friend once who let me use her back porch which opened up to the night sky and i just sat there in the dark listening to her play fire and rain on her guitar. I know I cried . . .and cried . . .and cried.

Laura--the mann is a great place-nice venue to see folks in. i have seen rent and the indigo girls there-