(Picture from sunrise yesterday, just as we re-entered the world on our way home, at a gas station just off I25).
Oh boy, where to start.
There are so many moments to share, so many things to remember.
Here are just a few highlights, with many more to come from me and I'm sure others.
Also, I'll be sorting through my pictures and posting some of the good ones over the coming days.
- vinsgirl gave a fabulous performance on Sunday night. She said she was very nervous on the first song but played and sang beuatifully. When she tried to leave the stage shouts of encouragement convinced her to stay for one more song, a very difficult arrangement of Over the Rainbow (origally done by Eva Cassidy) that she was still learning. The delicate and complex chord work she did on her Godin left everybody with their tongues hanging out. (No picture here on request.)
- Hollie and Evan uncorked nervy renditions of two classics -- Angel Eyes, and Black Orpheus. Hollie was on clarinet and Evan was on piano. They are both 13. They were first up to play on Sunday night, and kicked off what was to be a fantastic new thread in our L1 conferences -- youth. Later in the conference we would be treated to another teenage band, professionals from central Colorado (more on that later.)
- Tom Munch, whom at Big Sur I said had the best amplified vocal and acoustic guitar tone I'd ever heard, uncorked an unforgettable performance of a song of deep personal meaning on Monday night. My feeling was that he was able to truly enjoy himself because by then he knew what we all knew -- the conference was a huge success and he was the central reason why. The song, about the oldest living organisms on earth -- the bristlecone pine -- was an overwhelming tour de force. My comment from Big Sur stands, but also I want to add now that Tom is one of the finest artists I've ever had the pleasure with whom to work.
Much more later.