Postcard #6- I Love Tim O’Brien

Posted on March 4, 2011. Filed under: music, Postcards | Tags: , , , , , |

Getting my banjo fix anyway I can!

I didn’t want anything to do with him or his twangy bluegrass music. I wasn’t going to give him a chance and that was that. But eventually the idea of him snuck into my head and lodged itself into the part of my brain that loves banjos, mandolins, and yodeling (I like to call it the Temporal Deliverance Lobe or TDL). Now I’m hooked. I am not ashamed to say that I love Tim O’Brien.

For several summers he played at Strawberry Music Festival and even though I was there, I never bothered to take the short walk to the music meadow or go to the Sunday Morning Revival by Birch Lake to watch him play. Nancy, my first friend from Strawberry, has always loved and appreciated Tim O’Brien (I suspect it has been going on for quite awhile). Taking out the schedule for the weekend, she would announce when he was playing but I never paid attention. I was happy to stay back at the tent, drink gin and tonics and miss out.

Then something changed, I think it was the TDL kicking in or maybe it was the bluegrass-heavy Pandora internet radio station I was listening to at the time. I liked what I heard and I wanted to hear more. In the process I discovered that I really liked him.  Then the scale really tipped in his favor (and definitely mine) when Strawberry sent out their flyer and I saw that he was on the lineup. I sat in the mud last spring and watched Lyle Lovett and I decided that very second that I was going to do the same for Tim O’Brien. His music makes me happy and I just can’t get enough.

 My tickets are stashed in my sock drawer and I’m already making a pile of camping stuff to take with me; all I have to do is count down the days until I leave.

Think of me this Memorial Day because I’ll be drinking gin and tonics in either the mud or in the dust (depending on the weather), checking out the weekend’s lineup with Nancy and of course, cheering for Tim O’Brien.

Want to learn more? Check out these websites:

http://timobrien.net/

http://strawberrymusic.com

http://www.strawberrymusic.com/performers.aspx

http://www.strawberrymusic.com/OurTown_Strawberry_Camps.aspx

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