This was another melodic evening of classic songwriting, singing, and rock with Dave Mason. He had a very talented lead acoustic player with him and a percussionist.
First thing you need to know that Dave is singing as well as ever, and actually much better than he did in 1970 when he recorded Alone Together. It is pretty amazing to hear his vocals. He has some very unique inflections and phraseologies that go along with the beautiful midrange tone.
I've seen Dave many times including his past acoustic shows with the late Jim Krieger in the 1980s at Peabody's Down Under (Flats East Bank), which was the most magical pairing. I like his unplugged acoustic shows best.
The highlights were World in Changes (my all-time favorite Dave Mason song), Feelin' Alright, 40,000 Headmen, and Let it Go - Let it Flow.
Great to see Dave Mason again. I'll never miss a Dave Mason show within a few hours of Cleveland.
I am looking for the Dave Mason songbook from 1971 that has the songs from Alone Together if anyone has a copy.
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No, you are wrong. They rock like crazy and have a great band. They have taken songs like Deja Vu, Military Madness and For What It's Worth and improvised them to create artistic classics.
This time around, Stills only picked up the acoustic guitar a few times (and for me, that is unfortunate - no Treetop Flyer).
Windy - we loved your writing here and wish you well. I was in total agreement with you when you said it was Lebron's right to leave, but you didn't agree with the way he did it (my sentiments exactly, even as a lifelong cleveland sports fanatic). You are taking your talents to South Beach, and if I have the opportunity to find another good job in about 3 years, I will probably be relocating myself after spending about 90% of my life in NE Ohio.
I have bookmarked your web page and will be reading it frequently. I loved watching Lebron here for 7 years and I hope to continue to follow his career thru some games on espn and tnt, and also thru your column.
Understand where Stephen is at this point in his career. He is truly wicked on the guitar, never better. He can sing in the low mid-range and his gruffness bodes very well on songs such as For What It's Worth, Midnight Rider (cover), Love the One You're With, Treetop Flyer, etc. He has good intensity in that range which is the best place for him. He has not been as lucky as Graham and David who are better vocalists now than ever. It is just a fact and it is good to accept it for what it is - else you will always be thinking about where he was in 1969 and be disappointed.
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