Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Judy Collins...Still The Best

A couple of weeks ago we joined hundreds of others who remember the 1960's very clearly, thank you, in an auditorium in Columbia, MD. For more than two hours we were enchanted, charmed, and basically blown away by the wonder that is Judy Collins.

She sang the songs that we all wanted to hear, of course - "Send in the Clowns," "Both Sides Now," and my favorite, "Someday Soon." She sang a couple of Lennon/McCartney tunes, promoting her newest album. And she sang several that clearly were pieces she just loved, that told stories.

The audience of mostly gray heads clapped, whistled, and sang along. We laughed when she joked about her life; who knew she did stand-up, and did it well? She played the guitar and had only the accompaniment of a pianist. After the intermission she played the piano and sang, a virtuoso performance.

She looked as wonderful and ethereal as ever. She did not need or use over-amplified sound systems to make an impression. And what really blew us away was the clear, pure tone in her voice. It was as good as it was more than 40 years ago, if not even a bit richer and fuller. Amazing! This lady is almost 70 years old, and can out-sing, out-compose, out-play, and out-perform people half her age or less.

It was an evening of pure delight and and strong emotional "yeah!" for all of us who still have a lot to give and do in life despite our gray hair, creaky knees, and senior discounts.

If you EVER have a chance to see Judy Collins in concert - do it!

Photos from Judy Collin's Website

3 comments:

Elaine said...

I have loved Judy Collins ever since I heard the Wildflowers album in college (1967). In 1968, she was our chief attraction for Spring Week at the now defunct Upsala College.
Since then I have seen her in five different states in all sorts of venues, and she is just as regal and talented as ever. She has perfected her banter with her audiences over the years and is quite humorous. I suppose she shared this joke: "Irish Alzheimers. You forget everything but the grudges."
I enjoyed your review.

Elaine

Mary said...

Wonderful woman. I doubt that I will have her stamina at 70...

Peg Silloway said...

Thanks for stopping by, Mary. Yep, I'd like to have some of her vitality right now!