I never got to see the new exhibit at the Bob Bullock museum. The music was so good: I had to stay and listen. On opening night, Marcia Ball and The Texas Guitar Women gave me a lesson in pure professionalism. They showed us their art — and their hearts — and of course, I loved it.
It was a tough gig: a huge, cold granite space that made fleas out of all of us humans. The audience ranged from what looked like about eight to 80-plus, all scattered about behind pillars and giant stars. But those women filled up the space — and kept going without letting up. It was as if they lit a bonfire in the middle of that massive cave, and we all gathered round and warmed our hands.
Every so often I need a role model to remind me that being really, really good takes a lot of work. Those women knew what we expected and over-delivered on every count.
Oh, just in case you don’t know who’s in the Texas Guitar Women, it’s Carolyn Wonderland, Shelley King, Sarah Brown, Lisa Pankratz and Cindy Cashdollar (who wasn’t there that night). All showcased by the inimitable Marcia Ball.
So, go hear some Texas music and wander into Waterloo to buy those CDs. It’ll loosen up your brain (and heart). Besides, It’s gift-giving time.