Submitted by Roger Sweeny.
Kimberly Schavey adds: I
sat next to a man who had only recently discovered Bruce, through The
Charity of Night. He spoke to me of his desire to turn his life around
and help influence others to make the world a better place. Cockburn's music helped him have this insight. He was blown away by every song. I invited him to wait with me and see if we could go backstage. We
could. The bottom line here is that through this music I got to watch someone's awakening. I don't know which was better -- that experience, or another awesome show.
A few words
about the solo acoustic/steel guitar show. It almost looks like this was
the only one, and while it was great to see Julie and the
rest of the band at the other shows, this one was beautiful. The
acoustics at the Wheeler were such that audience members could talk to Bruce during the show and he could hear them (and he chose to respond every time). We found out about his Christmas, told him all of our old favourites we wanted to hear, and it was very jovial. In the line at the ladies' room at intermission much conversation was had about his guitar-playing prowess, awesome technique (at his age -- ha -- from the over 40 crowd!), and tremendous showmanship.
I found myself not caring what he played next -- every song is a favourite in one guise or another. He closed with Celestial Horses again, and at that point I was complete.