For some reason I was thinking about the time I saw Eric Johnson perform at the Big Easy in Spokane, Washington. It was probably around 2003. He switched between acoustic guitar and a grand piano. I think he played solo the whole time.
What stuck out to me was his rendition of “Kathy’s Song” by Simon and Garfunkel. I wish I had a recording of that night. There’s a version of him performing it in 1990 on YouTube, but it’s not as good as my memory of what I saw live.
I went with my brother Brannon and we sat up in the balcony because the floor was serving alcohol. Usually at that venue it was the other way around, with the floor being all ages. At first we felt cheated because we paid just as much as the old people and I thought the front was the best place to be. By the end I was glad to have a seat with a good view of the whole room. I think it was a turning point for me as an audience member. I finally realized it’s not all about being up front.
This show was not the best I had ever seen at that point, and it’s certainly not the best I’ve seen since. But it was a great show. I don’t know why I was thinking about it.