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October 13, 2014 - 11:56 a.m.

Twenty Years of Pete and Maura

I am now going to work on a mighty feat of memory, writing about Friday night! I can hear the oos and ahs. I'm just like Mr. Memory for The 39 Steps.. So what did I do on Friday? Um I know I did something. Just kidding I know. I went to see the Kennedys at Rockwood Music Hall. Of course in the day I volunteered at WfUV from 6 AM to 2 PM. Linda called me a slacker for leaving early. She can she stays far longer. I did 12 hour shifts the previous two days. I took the 2:30 Ram Van, the intercampus transportation, to Fordham's Lincoln Center Campus which is half a block from my post office box. That worked out well. Then I headed home. I rested up a bit and headed out to Rockwood. There was a problem on the subway and I got there later than I wanted to. I was of course doing Merch, this was the Kennedys after all. By the time I finished getting set up for that the doors had opened and I didn't get my usual table in Rockwood 3! Yes shocking Good thing Glenn had a table with two extra seats in the front row. I took one and when Fred came he took the other. OK who else would have to be at this show. You should know; Jeff and Karen, they are not going to miss such a special Kennedys show. Who else was there that I knew, Angel and Karen. If I missed someone give me a break, that was three days ago. it's a miracle I remember anything

I asked Pete what they meant by 20th anniversary. Was it of marriage or performing as duo? I thought it was marriage and I was right. Both the marriage and musical partnership are still going strong.

I have written about the Kennedys a zillion times. I have been seeing them as long as they've been married, and see them many times every year. I must have seem them more than 100 times. Is there any higher praise I can give them? I never get tired of them. Whey they do a residency I go to every show if I can. I see them all around New York and I see them at Festivals. I've seen them in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. I've seen them as themselves, each solo, as the Strangelings, The Snacks, and as part of Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra. I have watched them watching Richard Thompson. Carey says she'd pay to watch them look at each other. I wouldn't but that's only because I can see that for free.

This show was a retrospective and it demonstrated one of their strength, their music has such variety. It isn't just evolving in time, They have always done many things at once. They can rock out, go traditional, be a pop band, or do a ballad. They get music and play to fit the song instead of making the song fit them. I always love them but this was a special occasion and they made it a special show. Fred said it was the best he'd seen them. They did my difficult request, Anna and the Magic Gown. There are a lot of words to it. It's a 17th Century ballad that they wrote at the turn of the 21st Century.

After the show I wanted to make a quick getaway as I had to get up before 6 the next morning. You know what that meant, I hung around an hour and a half after the show. I was having too much fun talking. Fred was in the same boat. We finally dragged each other away. It was well worth losing sleep over

I took pics and some came out pretty well.

Told you Maura was a saint. See that halo?

Here are all of them.
Kennedys 20th Anniversary

Here are some pics courtesy of Fred.


Tonight I'm going to the Opera. That means every player owes me $50. I'm seeing Carmen. I've already seen it so I know how it ends. No worries. I will wait to almost the end then get up and walk out.

Now for breakfast. Simple scrapple and eggs.

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