DY: In Just a Few Words (#40)
Updated: Jul 21
I KNEW I shouldn't have quit those trombone lessons...
Hallelujah, music festival season is back! Go away COVID. Stay away COVID.
Take note that the first five letters of Hallelujah spell Halle. Halle is my oldest granddaughter (25), and she will be coming to Cleveland this weekend for the WonderStruck music festival at Lakeland Community College. Whenever Halle comes to town, I say HALLELUJAH.
WonderStruck is a big-time music festival. Known pre-COVID as LaureLive, the festival is back with even more energy AND one of my all-time favorites - Trombone Shorty! Folks, if you haven’t seen Trombone Shorty you haven’t lived. He and his group are seriously fantastic. This will mark the fourth Trombone Shorty set I’ve seen.
All of this takes me back to 2016, when my middle granddaughter, Carly, was 16 years old and a festival performer herself at Electric Forest in western Michigan. This music festival regularly draws 40,000 young folks who ignore mud and dust to camp out and be entertained in an idyllic forest setting. Carly was the youngest performer in 2016 and I was the oldest attendee then or any year you want to pick.
Frisbees were in the air everywhere. No shortage of hula hoops either. And, I became somewhat of a celebrity because of my advanced years. Young people came out of the trees to welcome me, many with hugs.
How cool is it that some old geezer (then 77) who is still hung-up on the Supremes and the Temptations would come to share the Electric Forest experience with thousands of young festival-goers?
He wouldn’t be here if he weren’t one of us... Could be he was the first flower child... Wonder if he was at Woodstock?... Should I ask for an autograph?... I’m sure he was a well-known rocker... I think he used to be somebody... The buzz never stopped.
Well, folks, thumbs up to the festival season and a special shout-out to WonderStruck. The fact my son’s company owns WonderStruck and we’ll have a houseful of out-of-state family staying with us this weekend to take it all in has nothing to do with my endorsement of WonderStruck. That’s just coincidental. It’s the best. Truly.
Catch you this weekend at Lakeland CC. And, if you see some guy with all-white hair wandering around soaking in the recognition that goes with being the oldest attendee, that’ll be me at 82. Let’s see if you can keep up with me. See you at WonderStruck. Enjoy!!!
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