Linda and I had a great evening last night at the first Bluebird on the Mountain concert for 2007. For those not in Nashville, The Bluebird is the preeminent singer-songwriter club in Nashville (and hence, in the civilized world). The Mountain is actually more of a big hill, but on the top of the big hill is Vanderbilt University's Dyer Observatory. Bluebird on the Mountain is a concert series hosted outdoors on the grounds of the Dyer Observatory where the concert is held more or less in the same format as one of The Bluebird's three performer round-robin shows and the talent is booked by The Bluebird. The audience tends to show up early with blankets, chairs, picnic baskets, coolers, etc. and settles in for some al fresco eating and drinking and then some music. Imagine mixing a big outdoor picnic with a crowded singer-songwriter club, plus a big dome covering a telescope, and you have Bluebird on the Mountain.
Last night was a beautiful night to be outside on the top of the mountain: warm but not humid, gentle cool breezes, and early enough in the season that there weren't any bugs to speak of. The three performers were Kim Carnes, Greg Barnhill, and Dana Cooper. They were backed by what I take to have been Kim Carnes back-up band. We weren't familiar with any of the songwriters but the music was great and the evening was just about perfect.
It was also a nice way to celebrate Mother's Day. In a way, the night out was a gift from our son. Linda's grandmother lives with us and needs constant monitoring, so we don't get out together very often. Our son Lee has agreed to watch grandmother on one Saturday night a month so that we can go to each of the Bluebird on the Mountain events. Thanks Lee!