Up Close and Personal

music musings, beaverdamusa.comThrough the years, I have attended musical events at various sized venues.  Sizes ranged from stadiums to small listening rooms.  However, I had never been to a house concert until a couple of weeks ago.  A house concert is exactly what it sounds like, a concert at someone’s house.  The seating is very limited due to the fact that the show is in someone’s living room – usually.

This house concert was held at the home of my friends, Ric & Helen Olsen.  So you don’t pry yourself away from this riveting musing, Ric was the guitarist for the band Berlin (Take My Breath Away from Top Gun).  In his basement, Ric has basically set up a small stage complete with sound and light systems.  So the setting was great to listen to music.

The musical guests were Jaime Kyle, Dave Jenkins, and Walter Egan.  I’ve mused about Jaime and Dave before (Jaime & Dave).  If you didn’t know, Jaime is a singer/songwriter extraordinaire from Nashville and Dave (her husband) is the founder and lead singer of Pablo Cruise.  Walter Egan is known for his hit Magnet & Steel back in the late 70s.  The couple of times I have seen Walter out, I have really grown to appreciate his songwriting.  

The house concert was a great opportunity to see some fine musicians and songwriters up close and personal.  The format was the typical songwriters round with each taking turns showing off their proudest achievements like a parent does with their children.  Sometimes their proudest achievements are not necessarily the most well-known.  My favorites of the evening were:

  • Walter’s Old Photographs which was inspired by Walter reclaiming personal photos from the May 2010 flood here in Middle Tennessee.
  • Jaime’s Untangled which has been a favorite ever since I heard it back in 2000 for the first time.
  • Dave’s Living Inside Your Love about Jaime.  As I told him that night, this song has legs and I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear it on the radio sometime.

Regretfully, someone forgot the keyboard, so we couldn’t hear Jaime’s latest song Grace.  Do yourself a favor and go find this song on YouTube.  You will thank me.  The forgotten keyboard and other technical glitches just added to the evening in my opinion.  It made the performances human and real.  Not some slick over-produced show that is the same night after night.  

My first house concert was a blast and I hope Ric & Helen do more.  It is a great way to listen to music and interact with the artists.  Go find yourself one and go.

Musing on a cold December day…


About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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