Inspired! That’s how I came away from seeing Sylvia Tyson perform on Thursday night. I wasn’t sure what to expect and even waffled til the last day on whether to reserve tickets or not. If I had known how wonderful it would be, I would have booked ages in advance to get one of those primo front row seats at Hugh’s. Of course my sitting right up front with that goofy smile I had plastered on my face during the whole show might have been a tad distracting for her! I couldn’t help it though. I was totally blown away. She was beautiful, has a fabulously rich voice, and had the audience hanging on every word.
I loved that, with a couple of exceptions, the show wasn’t a trip down memory lane of the Ian and Sylvia days. The concert featured the music that Sylvia has written and co-written with a variety of other artists. It’s always nice to hear old familiar hit songs but I think what I found most inspiring was that they weren’t even necessary. I mean, the show was strong enough without them. Her career continues to move forward and her writing reflects the journey, gaining new fans like me along the way.
So, here’s the only downer of the evening. When the show ended and I left the club I noticed Dwight wasn’t right behind me as I thought he was. A few seconds later he came out and said “Hey, did you see Sylvia was sitting by the bar?” He had stopped to talk to her. How did I miss that? I would loved to have told her how great she was and I missed my chance. Dwight tried to persuade me to go back in but then I felt too shy, so instead I’ve been just kicking myself for not doing it ever since. Sigh.
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