I sang that tonight.
A few months ago, my wife said she wanted to go to a concert and told me what day tickets went on sale. I looked it up, they went on sale at noon. At 11:59 AM, I sat at my computer, ticket site web address in my window, watching my second hand sweep toward twelve. The instant after it got there I hit return. The site generated two tickets for me.
We were seated about half a dozen seats to the right of center. If I stretched my leg out while seated I kicked the wall of the orchestra pit.
But we weren't seated while we sang this. It was the last encore and we were on our feet with the rest of the audience, clapping and singing, being led by the man who wrote the song and the woman he wrote it about.
Like when I saw James Taylor a couple of years ago, the audience was mostly older than we are, which still feels weird at a rock concert, at least part of it rock.
After all, Judy Collins is really a folk singer. She was in great voice. At one point, she talked about the first time she met Leonard Cohen, who was trying to get her to record his material. She asked him to play a song. He said that he didn't play well, he didn't sing well, and he wasn't sure this was a song.
And then he sang Suzanne
At which point she said "Yes, that is a song, and I'm recording it tomorrow morning."
And then she sang Suzanne, accompanied only by a piano. It was gorgeous.
Both commented that Cohen was one of the smartest people they'd ever met, having the sense to die the morning of the election.
Stephen Stills was not in great voice tonight. I don't know if there is a health issue. His voice sounded oddly forced and he had some trouble controlling his tuning. Coming from a band like CSN(Y), vocal tuning was incredibly critical and he nailed it. I've seen CSN, I know what he used to do.
His playing, on the other hand, was a master class. The lineup was keyboard, bass, drums, and Collins on a twelve string, which left the lion's share of guitar to Stills. In most rock bands there are two guitars. The songs required all kinds of styles tonight, some electric chord plucking, some acoustic, some electric rock lead playing. Every song he had a different guitar and nailed another style. The sounds you're familiar with from the recordings are the sounds we heard on stage. The most thrilling for me was the harmonic chime through a tremolo that started For What It's Worth, the one thing he did sing well. Jon knows that song - if you've ever listened to Passionate Justice you've probably heard it. Stills introduced it by saying it wasn't relevant for years but it's relevance has come back.
And of course they couldn't possibly not do Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. Not touring together.