Monday, October 24, 2005

Paul is live

It was just as I predicted: last night's Paul McCartney show in Milwaukee made me cry. However, the biggest waterworks were triggered not by "Yesterday," which was my hunch, but by "Blackbird." As Charles rightly observed after the show, every doofus with an acoustic guitar learns that song (include this doofus), but it was enormously moving to hear it performed by its composer.

Still, I could not have predicted the second-most moving moment for yours truly: the triumphant strumming of an acoustic guitar (played by sideman Brian Ray) that begins the bright, third mini-movement of "Band on the Run." It was a deliriously sunny moment in an evening full of them.

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