By The Time We Got To Woodstock

“Road Trip!” she shouted. “Let’s go to Woodstock! You can’t write a rock and roll blog without ever going to Woodstock! Not when we’re so close!” How could I ignore that level of energy and enthusiasm? She was right, I needed to go.  I had actually been thinking about Woodstock earlier in the weekend when John tagged me in a Facebook post with this gorgeously haunting video by Good Harvest:

 

So we were off, leaving from Hobart, the Book Village of the Catskills (where I was attending the Hobart Festival of Women Writers) and heading towards Woodstock…

I should mention my very enthusiastic traveling companion is my friend Linda, who appeared in my life first as a local writing icon, then became a writing instructor, and now she is my friend, mentor, and cheerleader.  Linda was the one who encouraged me to blog about my band wife experience and even came up with the name of the website!! She keeps me focused and accountable, all the while singing my praises to anyone who will listen!

As we got closer to Woodstock, she took a slight detour down Mink Hollow Road, where Todd Rundgren used to live and record.  When she was younger, she drove down this road, hoping to maybe catch a glimpse of Todd, this talented guy she was crushing on. We started feeling a bit stalkerish, driving down this narrow country road, wondering if at some point we would be found out, but then we came to the end of the road and it was actually a trail head, so we didn’t have to worry about some sheriff stopping us and asking who we were there to bother.

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Top Ten Favorite Songs: Lakeview Amphitheater Version

Pitbull was on Good Morning America this morning, and his new song Messin’ Around has riffs from REO Speedwagon’s Take It On The Run. Not one of my fave REO songs, nevertheless it is so cool that kids today are exposed to some of the great bands of the 70’s!

There is a new concert venue here in Syracuse, the Lakeview Amphitheater.  The first concert was last September, then it was a bit quiet over there, but now the concert season is upon with a vengeance.  Tonight’s concert Ringo Starr and His All Star Band has inspired me to put a list together of songs I love by bands (and people) that are playing there this summer.  If you live in the CNY area, you can look forward to other concerts including Dave Matthews, Journey and Doobie Brothers, and Tesla, REO Speedwagon, and Def Leppard, among others.

 Photograph by Ringo Starr

Here is Ringo with a different sort of all star band in 2009.

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