Live from Here

I've been a fan of "Live from Here," the weekly PBS radio show, since it filled the time slot claimed for years by "A Prairie Home Companion."  Every week I'm newly amazed at what Chris Thile "comes up with" on his mandolin - creative arrangements, dazzling dexterity, new musical ideas.  So to witness the live  broadcast from the second row in Dallas last week was a joy. As is the case with music, a live performance takes it to another level.  The enthusiastic audience was treated to folk, garage grunge, new age, classical, Texas swing, C&W, and R&B musical genres - all performed by expert musicians and sparked by the infectious energy of the host.  And they even performed a poignant piece - relevant in these times - tied to an Emily Dickinson poem....


Much Madness is Divinest Sense
To a Discerning Eye -
Much Sense - the starkest Madness

'Tis the Majority
In this, as all, prevail
Assent - and you are sane - 
Demur - you're straightway dangerous
And Handled with a Chain

 

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    "Where words leave off, music begins."  
    - Heinrich Heine