Well, folks. It finally happened. Last evening the Babe and I drove to Glenwood, Iowa to see one of our favorite bands, Billy McGuigan and the Downliners. It was a breath from heaven into our COVID filled lives. They reminisced about October 2019, when they had their last scheduled gig. A cruise. They loved their cruise gigs. Audiences loved them, too. This appearance, at Davies Amphitheater, was the first already scheduled gig they were able to play. If you could imagine Billy McGuigan more exuberant than he normally is, that is who we saw last night. What finally happened? I have not one still picture of the guys during the concert. Not a one.
If you could imagine listening to some of the greatest musicians in the country play standards such as “Burnin’ Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” and “Down on the Corner,” and then, just for fun, play for the first time Billy’s own original country style music. A song about his guitar, “Me and Peggy Sue.” A love song for Kate, ” Windows of My Soul.” “Little Metal Shack,” and “Trailer Park Song,” reminiscing about other experiences in the life of the McGuigan brothers. Good stuff. Then the almost finale, original song, “Together.”
First time hearing the song, it’s a little hard to keep up with understanding the lyrics. It talks of how close the family is. Their dad taught them they would always get through life’s hard things together. The phrase “when cancer came to call,” jumped out at me, not once, but twice. I’m guessing it’s referring to losing their dad to leukemia at a young age. The other one, I believe is for brother Ryan’s wife who also passed away from cancer. A very hard blow for the family. And what a beautiful song. They truly band together, not just for music, but for living. Kudos, guys.
By going last night, I have a renewed hope for life. Music inspires me to get through things. I have always relied on it. So do my kids. Thanks the Davies Amphitheater for accommodating us safely. It was so good to get away for a while and not think of anything else. The Babe and I talked with Kathy Kersey, a volunteer, and met Kevin Klimowski. He recognized me from the blog yesterday. Billy fans stick together, too. Pretty cool to be recognized for what I’m just branching out and doing. Thank you, Kevin! It was a thrill!
Again, if you’d like to see a show that will rock you, go see Pop Rock Orchestra at the Omaha Playhouse in August. Check it out here. And p.s. Billy has a new look. It’s a little startling, but I’d say he’s gone to beast mode. Bearded and lots of hair, but looks great. Sounds even better.
I’m still on Cloud 9 from last night. It was even hard to wind down to go to sleep last night. I’m just going to revel in the love I experienced last night. It was stuff dreams are made of. Thanks for helping me pursue mine by reading every day. I appreciate it a lot. Be safe. See you tomorrow.