Don't like Bob's new album. Husband thought he'd lost his voice, both physical and lyric wise. I'm not happy with either on the album, but I sensed that Bob was putting on a voice for the album (gravelly old man blues). He's always done that. All of his albums are like that, it's just that on some of them I like the voice better than others. Who knows about the lyrics - an attempt to do a style of writing that simply doesn't appeal to me. That's okay. I love the man anyway and would never write him off even if he never write a single other song I enjoy. He has already done so much to make my life enjoyable and filled with art that I'm forever indebted to him for sharing it all with me (okay, and the rest of you).
So why did I start this post with "Oh happiness."? Because the concert was incredible. Not only did both our kids go to the concert (we bought our son's ticket and our daughter got tickets - free and cheap - at the last second "any extra tickets" sign working it's magic getting her and her boyfriend seats very near our long ago purchased seats), but Bob was happy, enjoying himself and singing great! Some not so drastic gravel voice, some clear, all appropriate to whichever song he was singing. (And even though his new album had come out before the concert, he didn't sing a single song from it.) I quite enjoyed myself, taking my young son up to the front to watch for a few songs - the best way to enjoy such an event.
My understanding is that Bob has friends here in Portland (at least he used to) and so I like to think that he is in a good mood here because of that. Maybe someday I'll get to thank him in person, but for now it's virtual:
Thank you Bob.