I have been wanting to go to the Newport Folk Festival for some 40 years. Pioneering back in the late 60's and early 70's such Events were considered 'Wordly', remember.
Well we made it Sunday. A beautiful clear Sunday at the Festival on the Harbor in Newprt Rhode Island. It lived up to every expectation and more. Several Peaceniks gathered at the Sold Out Event. There were young musicians keeping Traditional music alive like The Civil Wars, and new sounds from a group called The Carolina Chocolate Drops who mixed Hip Hop and Bluegrass (it really worked well). And music from old timers like Wanda Jackson, who in her 80's now sand a version of Amy Winehouse's I'm No Good that had everyone on their feet.
There were special once in a life time moments. The Mrs. got to sing with Pete Seeger in the Children's Tent, PETE SEEGER! Elvis Costello came out and gave an electrifying performance and really cranked up the Amps and finished with What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding.
Emmy Lou Harris came out an sang a song about Orphans that every one of us xJWs knows so well, the loss of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisiters, and friends. 'I am alone now, I am an Orphan'. She sang into the evening with that voice that touches us all about loss. She sang a song about losing the one great love of her life, Gram Parsons, about home, marriage. Her most touching song was about a young teenage black who was brutally murdered by a southern White back in 1957 for speaking to a white girl. His death along with Rosa Parks sparked the Civil Rights era and the cry for Justice and Civil rights for all. I guess that's why now I'm a peace activist and work so hard for civil and environmental causes.
The evening closed with the great old man himself, Pete Seeger, coming onstage and leading us all in a sing along. Thousands stood before the stage and sang Turn Turn Turn and Where Have All The Flowers Gone. I don't know how we all sang so well we were all teared up and crying at the same time.
A perfect day to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary.