Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Something Different

Last Saturday, we carpooled with friends up the back road to Hatch, New Mexico to hear a mini-blues festival at Sparky's.  We heard C.W. Ayon's One Man Blues Band, then C.W. joined with Albuquerque's Back Porch Blues Band for some jamming with Harmonica Slim and a sax player named Larry Blevins.

Looking through the audience toward the stage. That's C.W. in the gray hat; Harmonica Slim with the vest, and Larry the sax guy. The rest were part of the Back Porch Blues Band

We were surprised at the number of older folks (like us) in the audience, but then, Las Cruces is quite a retirement destination. The crowd quickly thinned out when the lively music started, and the oldsters rushed out of the room, madly adjusting their hearing aids.

The music was wonderful. I felt a little sorry that we weren't more demonstrative, but we were enjoying everything about the afternoon in our quiet and conservative way.

I really do love southern blues and southern novels, which seems odd for a desert-dwelling ex-New Englander. Maybe it's time for a little road trip down south. Or, maybe it's just time for me to read another Pat Conroy book while gazing across the desert and up to the mountains.


becky said...

Sound like a good time Clair. Reminds me I need to start getting out a bit!

Quiet Paths said...

Looks like a lotta' fun! I laughed about the hearing aids. LOL

Quiet Paths said...

Claire, we can come down and start a Uke group in your town and you can do this all the time yourself! LOL

Joyful said...

Sounds like you had fun. I laughed when you mentioned how the crowd thinned out. I really like your new header.

Ms. Becky said...

oh I do think we'd be fast friends if we lived close by each other. as it is, I feel as if I've known you forever. this post is delightful. and I'm still gasping at that hollyhock image every time your page loads. ooh la la.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hatch! I love that place. (But just b/c of the peppers drying on the pink building roofs -- and buying some -- and eating some -- never went to a festival.

That's why we have place-centric books (like Pat Conroy's) so we can read about beautiful interesting places w/o actually leaving home ;>).....)