Well, this was to be my training peak, with 16 hours of fun and excitement this week. Instead, work got in the way and I was lucky to get in an hour at the pool. So I’m doing a bit of week flipping and moving my workouts to this coming week and shifting next week’s scheduled recovery week to this past week. Hopefully I haven’t jacked peaking up too much, but there wasn’t any way around it.
Saturday night was date night with the goddess. We haven’t had one of those in quite a while. The boy was off at an away game (he’s in the band) that would see him getting home after 2am. So he spent the night at a friends house.
We made the drive down to Nashville, enjoyed some dinner and then walked the few blocks over to the Sommet Center to see Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS). The goddess and I are huge fans. She’s (goddess, too) got an amazing voice and they play some excellent bluegrass.
As my goddess said as we were seated, ready to AKUS to start, “you get to see your girlfriend”. Hehe. I’m willing to admit that Alison is quite easy on the eyes. But goddess certainly got her eyeful with Barry Bales, the bass player.
They got to the stage a bit late, but certainly didn’t disappoint. They rolled straight into their set and played for the next two hours. Every few songs they’d take a break and say some words, mostly about how happy they were to be home again (Nashville is their home base). During these breaks they’d have us laughing too. Alison would introduce each person in quite a humorous way. For instance, she introduced Jerry Douglas, the dobro player, as “Who’s that on the stage? Is it Emelio Estevez? Is it Antonio Banderas? Or is it Eric Estrada?” is a breathy, quasi-hispanic voice. Hilarious.
Also playing guitar and singing was Dan Tyminski, who you might be familiar with as the voice of George Clooney in the excellent, excellent movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?“. Needless to say, the place was hopping when he sang the movie’s signature song, “Man of Constant Sorrow“. Afterwards, Dan told the story about telling his wife about being picked to sing for the movie. He first told her that he was picked for a voice-over. She responded with “What’s that?”. He then explained that when she watched the movie, she’d look up at the screen, see George Clooney and hear his voice. She exclaimed “Oh Dan, that’s my fantasy!”. Of course, the place was rolling.
Again, excellent music and a great time. The tour is over, but if you get a chance to see AKUS in the future, I highly recommend it.
Before the show, as we picked up our tickets at the Will Call window, I asked the lady if we could buy tickets to our next planned concert since they went on sale that day. She looked at my, quite confused for a minute, then asked me to repeat. I repeated “Can we pick up tickets for the Korn show today”. We had a good laugh as she admitted that AKUS and Korn were definitely on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Oh well, I had to buy the tickets through Ticketmaster today. Goddess will sit that one out, so it’s just the boy and I down on the floor and in the crush of bodies. We’re looking forward to that!