Photos courtesy of the Alys Stephens Center.
Those of you who have read my blog for some time might have picked up on the fact that I am a big Lyle Lovett fan, in that you may have recognized his song titles in a good number of my post titles. Funny though that I had never gotten the opportunity to see him in concert. Well, thanks to my sweet husband, I got to cross that one off my list this past week. It was a very close call however, as we didn't get tickets until almost the last minute. Jack normally does not accompany me when I go into Birmingham to make my pottery deliveries but for some reason he went with me a couple of weeks ago. As we were going into one of my stores he happened to notice a sign posted outside...something about Lovett being in town soon. Now, I never saw a thing, that's why it was so lucky Jack was with me. When I'm on errands like that and thinking about business, it's like I have blinders on. Mr. Lovett could have been standing in the store and I might not have noticed. We checked again on the way out and sure enough, that's what it said but the concert was very soon. My heart dropped because I figured it was already sold out.
As soon as we got home that evening I pulled up the venue website and Heavens to Mercatroid!! there were still a few tickets left! We had to actually sit in 2 different rows (Jack was right behind me) but we could still see and talk to each other before the show started. And what a show!! It was a wonderful concert; maybe the best I've ever been to. I must give praise to the Alys Stephens Center though, and it's designer, because that is really a fabulous concert hall. I don't believe there is a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are astounding.
Mr. Lovett and his band must have agreed because they played for about 3 hours, which from what the Stephens Center said, is about an hour over. But boy, was it ever appreciated and to top it all off he closed with my just about favorite song of his, You Can't Resist It. So, thank you Mr. Lovett for making my night; heck, my whole summer!
Ya'll know this has not been the best year so far for me, so that was one reason I think I enjoyed it so. We came into town early to see Jack's new grandson and then had a nice leisurely dinner at one of our favorite restaurants before the show. Everything about the day and evening was so relaxing and fun and will make for a happy memory for years to come.