This is how I spent my Friday night last week.
That would be, as you might discern from the photographs from my indispensable iPhone, spending an hour and a half or so at the Loretta Lynn concert at Omaha's Holland Performing Arts Center. Third row center.
As the cliché goes, "a good time was had by all." Especially Loretta, I think.
THE COUNTRY legend is 83 years old now, and she has more voice left than many singers 15 years younger than herself. She even fielded a few requests from the crowd of about 1,000, including one song she hadn't performed in a decade and a half.
She only struggled with a few lines. At 54, I doubt I would fare as well with a song I'd sung last week in the shower.
This was a new concert experience for me -- a show that was the stage equivalent of sitting down at your favorite aunt's kitchen table, drinking strong coffee and telling stories. That, my friend, is something that leaves you feeling blessed for the simple things in life, which turn out to be some of the biggest things of all.
Best yet, she says she's about to start on a new album with Jack White. Can't wait.