It's All Over Now
Let it Grow
Don't Ease Me In
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Ship of Fools
Gimme Some Lovin'
Around and Around
My first show, I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I had no expectations. I was just going with some buddies from school because I had no other plans that weekend.
We arrived late in the afternoon. It was so hot, and the traffic was crawling. People walked along the freeway, slow cars packed the breakdown lanes; everywhere you looked all along the creep to Rich Stadium there were hand-lettered signs for needed Miracles. By the time we found a place to stop the car amongst a vast herd of other pilgrims, we could already hear CSN filtering over the high walls of the Stadium.
Our seats were high in the nosebleeds, near the back of the oval, but we had no problem hearing the tunes. There was a guy in front of us wearing a tank top that was too small to cover his beer belly and he wore a baseball cap with his name on it. Lyle. Lyle became our mascot through the rest of that hot, muggy summer evening.
The music was alive, and god, I will never forget that show. Whatever it was, I mean, you could peek over the back of the stadium and see the spinners so far below, their skirts belling out around them like white water lilies on a pond. Surrounding the stadium was a sea of color and glittering windshields. The sun was setting and everyone was dancing and grooving and just loving the beautiful day and the great music.
Brokedown Palace ended the night and because of that set, and that day, and that experience, it became one of my all-time favorite songs on the spot. i remember closing my eyes and just revelling in it. Afterwards we paid $2 bucks for a plate of spaghetti out of the back of someone's van and then we sat, talking, around a fire someone had started in their little portable grill pan until the wee hours of the morning. When the sun came up, I found 2 people asleep on top of my car.
I wasn't around for the heydey of this band, but this show was easily up there in the top ten experiences of my life.