Just a quick post today. I have been to Nut Tree Airport a few times. There is an old Howard 500 parked up at one side of the field. I had never taken a picture of it since it was a bit out of the way. For some reason, I completely forgot about it when they had the Mustangs Day when it would have been easy to wander over and get a shot. I forgot! So, when in Vacaville recently for something else, I popped across briefly to get a couple of shots over the fence. Just something to prove to myself that I had seen it!
It seems to have been a musical time for me recently. The other week I saw Thomas Dolby do a short performance which was great (although if you read the blog post you will have noted my disappointment at the session afterwards – all of which was my fault). This time it was another throwback to my youth.
Howard Jones has recently reworked his first two albums and was undertaking a mini-tour to promote them. He came to Chicago and performed at the Bottom Lounge so we went along to see him. The show was in two halves with one album for each half. First things first. It was excellent. You often wonder how a performer will be after a few years (quite a few) out of the spotlight.
He really did a great job for us. The venue was a nice size to feel involved and he certainly got the crowd involved with it all. Being someone who based his music on synths, getting a big stage effect is not going to happen. However, he did still make a good job of it – even if I did chuckle a little at his two support musicians. His drummer was too cool for school and the guy running the sequencer amongst other things at the back looked like he was more comfortable in a studio than on stage.
Still, a crowd that was predisposed to be welcoming certainly got what they wanted and I have to say we were very pleased to go. (I suspect a few members of the audience had been brought by their friends but why they couldn’t head to the back of the room if they want to ignore the stage and talk is a mystery to me. Rudeness is alive and well in the US!)
Thanks, Howard, for making an old git feel a bit younger for a while!