Back when I was a whipper-snapper, fresh out of college (the first time) I lived in the DC area for a few years, trying my hand as a news reporter/editor/gopher/tape eraser,etc.
While there, I met up with one of my little brother's friends, (yep, I have not one, not two, but three little brothers. Didn't know that, did ya?) who took me out to see a band he liked at a tiny, smoky, upstairs bar at a place called The Wharf, in nearby Alexandria, VA.
The musicians were incredible, but the woman singing .....she tore the place up!
The whole time I was there, I thought to myself....why isn't this woman known? I mean, really known, as in a household name. She's that good.
I went to see her perform many times, often bringing along new people (sometimes dates); instantly upping my coolness factor by knowing about this place.
When I moved from DC this is one of the things I missed, and her music came to represent to me a period in my life where I opened up and started becoming.
One time when we had to be in the DC area for one of Riley's therapies , I looked her up on a lark, seeing if we might be able to catch a show. It was a long shot, but lo and behold she was playing not ten minutes away from where we were staying. We went with friends and had a great time. Todd got to see what I'd been talking about all these years(he'd heard the CD's often enough). Sharing that with him is one of my happiest memories.
You can sample Ms. Redmond here performing at the Kennnedy Center, but Todd and I will be seeing her live here in Lynchburg Saturday night!
That's right people, we're taking what we learned from last season's Dancing With the Stars on the road. Hot Toddy and I will be shaking our groove thangs.
Work it! Work it!
I sure hope Lynchburg is ready for it all.
* The Fabulous Ms. Redmond has several CD's which you can purchase through her website. I recommend Send the Moon (calm and gentle) or Here I Am (not calm and gentle, a great break up CD).