Monday, March 30, 2009

A Favorite Experience Recalled - Jill Sobule

I’m not sure where this blog is headed. Since I don’t really want to talk about cancer right now, I thought I’d share with you one of my life’s favorite moments. A friend called me today. We started talking about music and concerts, etc when I shared the following story with him.

It was a dark and stormy night. Yes, it really was. It was a Sunday. We lived outside of Washington DC in a Virginia suburb at the time. This took place about 8 years ago. My wife asked if I’d like to go see Jill Sobule play. By then, she had two number 1 songs out… “I Kissed a Girl” and “Super Model.” She also had 5 or 6 CDs at the music stores. I loved her music. She was doing a women’s benefit at a restaurant / bar in downtown DC that night. There was a torrential downpour with lots of heavy thunder and lightening. That may explain why only 20 to 30 people showed up to hear her play. We had gotten there early and had a seat at a table right in front and just slightly left of the stage. Jill came on at about 9 PM. She played for almost 3 hours. Her music was amazing. She did all her music solo. For three hours she stared directly at me. No kidding. At the time, my wife said, “she keeps staring at you.” Towards the end of her set, she invited me up on stage to hold some sheet music for a song that was under development. Although I was a bit nervous, the couple of Long Island Ice Teas I’d consumed and a steady hand kept me from shaking the sheet music. After the show, we bought a CD (although I already had all of them), which she autographed to my daughter with her love. My daughter was a fan of hers as well. Jill has a website at She’s a terrific entertainer. If you ever get a chance to see her, I highly recommend it. I have my wife to thank for taking me out that evening and my sister to thank for introducing me to Jill's music.

Take care and good health to you all.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a marvelous memory. I have never heard of her, but will look her up.