Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing some friends of mine perform at a coffee house in Louisville. Often times it is difficult for a musician or a band to perform at home because so many people in the audience “knew them back when” and still have the mentality that the band is a local phenomenon that has not matured or improved over the years. Last night’s audience was not one of those audiences. They were attentive and relaxed. They didn’t talk through the songs, and they weren’t there just to see who else was there. The best part of it all is that they enjoyed seeing and hearing my friends perform as professional musicians, and they gave them the respect that entails. It was so nice to hear my friends perform locally without having to sit with an audience that treated them like just another bar band (which they aren’t). The warmth and connection between them and the audience was almost like seeing them at a house concert, which is the best venue of all, in my humble opinion.
I found my first BookCrossing book yesterday. I was up in Lexington running some errands before driving to Louisville for the show, and I thought I might try hunting for a recently released one. I lucked out and it hadn’t been picked up by someone else yet. I’ve read a couple of the stories so far, and it’s been okay. Not really my genre, but I figure I’ll benefit from broadening my horizons a little.
There was an interesting spot on The Splendid Table today about small batch bourbons. The show was a repeat broadcast, but I hadn’t heard it the first time around. If you like bourbon, this would be one to listen to. Living where I am, I’m familiar with some of the names of small batch bourbons made in Kentucky, but Frederick Booker Noe talked about a few made by the Jim Beam company that I had not heard of before.