Home  |  Audio Reviews  Show Reports   Partner Mags News 


 

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine
The Old Timers Corner
by Eli Rochlin
Click here to e-mail reviewer

 

B. B. King Photo  An advantage to achieving Senior Citizen status is a lot of memories. Many of the better memories involve musical experiences, some of which I would like to share with you in this article. Picture a cold January evening in New York City. Hints of a previous days' snow still hugs the curbsides and each exhale shows as white vapor. A line of true believers forms awaiting the opening of The Blue Note, which has first come, first serve seating. Still, reservations are required to gain entrance but no one complains. Tonight we are here to see B.B. King perform live on stage. It is the anniversary of our 40th wedding and we are ready to celebrate in style! Just a few nights before the performance my wife persuades the management to accept our late attempt to get reservations to an already sold out show. Who says New Yorkers don't have a heart! The door opens, our name and reservations checked and we are seated front row, first seats! The pain of the wait in the cold evaporates quickly as we celebrate our wonder and amazement at the seats we have. We can literally reach out and touch the shoes of Mr. B.B. King.

Those of you who have seen and heard Mr. King understand the experience. Those of you who have not have something to learn. B.B. King sings with heart and soul. His songs tell of experiences both happy and sad, but clearly more happy. His face crinkles up and his jaw and eyes help punctuate the song stories he tells. B.B. King sings the BLUES. Tales of love, joy, disappointment and life come pouring out with foot tapping rhythm. His phrasing and accents tell you "I have been there, and I know what I'm singing about". A warm combination of vocals, guitar and side men keep the room alive with pleasure and anticipation. It is clear the group has been together a long time and know where each other is going. A lot of oldies and goodies flow like hot fudge on ice cream - delicious! It is easy to get wrapped up in his musical story-telling which he clearly enjoys sharing with the audience. Mr. King and his ever faithful Lucille perform with such ease and joy that you feel this is what he would want to do... forever. It is glorious blend of man/guitar/music.

Too soon, the performance winds down to an end. Mr. King walks off to the side of the stage to pick up a large bouquet of loose roses. He graciously hands out the roses to the ladies in the audience as a token of his thanks. My wife receives a rose and B.B. King hears me say "it's our 40th anniversary" and he hands my wife the pick he used that night and the "B.B. King" pin he wears in his lapel. His smile covers his kindly face and my wife is thrilled!

We leave the Blue Note exhilarated, pleased and happy with the knowledge that we had a great night and a memorable experience filled with fun and good music. We also feel we got to know this man and his music a little better. How can you beat that?

B. B. King Live at the Apollo

Try B.B. King Live at the Apollo (GRD 9637). For a true adventure, please listen to Heart to Heart with Diane Schuur (GRD 9767). Happy listening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc

Superior Audio Archives
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest RMAF 2018
KL International AV 2018 Show Report
High End Munich 2018 Show Report
AXPONA 2018 Show Report
CanJam SoCal 2018 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2018 Show Report
Capital Audiofest CAF 2017 CanMania
TAVES 2017 Toronto Show Report
CanJam 2017 Denver RMAF
LAAS 2017 Show Report
Click here for previous shows.

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

Resources And Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions
High-End Audio Manufacture Links

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

Partner Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
NOVO (CANADA HiFi)
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

Contests & Join Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

Our Social Media & Video Channel
      

 

 

       

Home  |  Sitemap  |  Industry News  |  Equipment / Music Reviews  |  Press Releases  |  About Us  |  Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2018  Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.