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Now that Joe is a bit more mobile, we've finally started getting out a tad. Last night we went to the brand new Freight & Salvage. It's super-fancy compared to the old Freight, with a big lobby, gorgeous auditorium and -- praise be -- comfortable seats! It still "feels" like the Freight, though. They did a very nice job.
We've seen Cheryl Wheeler a bunch of times, but I always find her shows so comfortable and enjoyable. She tours with piano accompanist Kenny White, who opens for her, and he's a fabulous singer/songwriter in his own right. Knowing that the opening act is going to be as entertaining as the main attraction is a big plus with me.
Here are a couple of my favorite Cheryl songs. (She is a very successful songwriter, by the way, who has been covered by the likes of Bette Midler, Garth Brooks and Peter, Paul & Mary, but her fans know that no one sings 'em like Cheryl.) This is Wheeler at her most poignant:
And here's the wacky side of Cheryl, also showcasing her love of animals. (Many of her songs are about cats & dogs.) I wish I could have found a YouTube clip showing the introduction she did last night, where she talks about catash, the unusual percussion instrument that was used on the recording of the song.
Cheryl's new album Pointing at the Sun features her Cat Trilogy -- "White Cat," "Cat Accountant" and "My Cat's Birthday." Dog fanciers should check out "Howl at the Moon" from Mrs. Pinocci's Guitar.