Charlie and I are very busy at this time of year due to our music business. We have music to prepare for regular church services in addition to a special praise service, a Sunday-before-Christmas cantata, and a Christmas eve service. Let’s not forget that Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are actually on Sundays this year which also need music.
We’ve also been asked to have a Great American Songbook sing-along for a 91st birthday party. Charlie alone is well-booked for Christmas parties all through the month of December.
Happily I get a turkey for Thanksgiving and a ham at Christmas from work. This year our chef at work has offered to prepare my turkey. That sounds like heaven to me. I’ll only have to set the table and make a couple of side dishes.
I’m hoping to spend the entire Thanksgiving long weekend decorating the house. I’m thinking polar bears will have a place in in the holiday décor.
Our main purpose for going anywhere near Las Vegas was to see Celine Dion in concert.
Of the hundreds of shows in Vegas she is the only entertainer I would want to spend $198.50 times 2 for rear orchestra seats.
We parked in Caesar’s Palace’s Colosseum using their valet parking service which is free other than tipping the valet. Considering the number of people in the music venue in particular and Caesar’s Palace in general, the valet service was very fast.
Even though our belongings were searched upon entry to the theatre, we could keep our cell phones and point-and-shoot cameras. The only requests were no flashes and no video recordings.
The seats were excellent in that no one’s head was ever in my way and I could see every minute of the entire show. Even the woman in front of me rocking to the beat in her seat was not a distraction. I am glad, however, that I didn’t purchase the top level ticket because most of those people stood up the entire time and obstructed the view of the front orchestra.
Celine sang her hits, tribute songs to The BeeGees and Prince, and even some Great American Songbook standards. The music was a great mix of eras and genres all in the Celine Dion style.
Charlie and I had a great evening and then even a more interesting time at our AirBnB with a host who had never had guests before we arrived. One day I’ll write the whole strange story.
But sometimes actually entertaining at home is not possible.
In our area there is an abundance of free music and free films.
When I find something that really interests me I email a group of friends and tell them I’ll be there. I don’t judge the interest I just make the invitation; I facilitate.
I’m sure to add my cell number to the email with the instruction to text or call when they arrive at the venue, especially if it is a big venue like the parade grounds at our local Army base.
If it’s something I have done previously I add any details that might sway someone who is on the fence. For instance the U.S. Army Field Band is performing the 1812 Overture with real canons. I’ve heard it before and it’s fabulous. I reminded everyone to bring their own lawn chair.
I encourage you to do some research and contact your social circle for a fun and different and free event. Provide as much or as little as you like. Don’t for get the bug spray.
Someday when we get the house mostly finished — floors, closets, lighting — we might want to spring for a new sound system.
Until then we have a big, clunky system that’s been stashed in the conservatory closet ever since the closet was built.
I had tried a couple of times to hook it up but failed to get any sound.
I took the whole heavy thing out of the closet and decided to make it play or get rid of it. One try and some advice from Charlie and all the components play: CD, cassette tape, turntable, and radio.
Charlie had been wanting something near the piano so that he could listen to music so we set it up between the living room and dining room. It’s not pretty but it certainly is effective. We can have music in the entire downstairs simply by focusing the direction of the speakers.
Am I fooling myself that it’s hidden behind the table and chair in the living room?