An Evening with Tommy Emmanuel- 7/30/09.
Last night, on July 30, 2009 Lee, Dr. "Double D" and I went to see guitarist extraordinaire, Tommy Emmanuel. I must preface this story by saying that in our combined 153 years, we've seen a lot of bands and tons, I mean tons of guitarists. Good ones, awesome ones and exceptional ones: Jimi, Eddie, Vai, Satch, Page, Legg, Beck, Johnson, Clapton, the list goes on forever. But last evening, we witnessed a performance by a man that was nothing less than inspirational, to say the least and I cannot recall ever seeing a guy walk out onto a stage with nothing but an acoustic guitar and absolutely stun an audience the way Mr. Emmanuel did. A question: Have you ever seen somebody do something so well that it inspired you to immediately go home and practice? Well, this Australian gentleman is so profound, he makes you want to quit! He truly is a world- class Master of both his craft and his instrument; Towards the end of the show, he paid homage to the late Jerry Reed by giving us one of his quotes: "Life ain't no dress rehearsal, so get on with it". It gives you something to think about and again reminds us that some people, events or performances can still be, even in this day.......inspiring.