Fastball played a gig in South Dakota last week.
I've never been there.
At least, I think I've never been there.
I've done so many gigs, I can't remember.
Anyways, it felt new to me.
We had some time during the day, so the people organizing the event asked us if we wanted to see Mount Rushmore.
Although I was more inclined to see the Devil's Tower (because of the name, and becaue it was the centerpiece of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind), I agreed.
Mount Rushmore was closer and it was more.....well.....American.
On the way out there we stopped by this insanely beautiful lake.
Pactola Dam and Reservoir.
It was instructive, in the kind of inarguable way that nature can be.
It was just a lake, but it was so beautiful.
No gift shop hawking t-shirts and postcards and coffee mugs.
No admission fee.
It just was there and it was perfect.
After that, Mount Rushmore was a let down.
A week later I'm still dreaming about this lake.
I'm hosting a John Lennon Birthday Celebration at the Saxon Pub on Thursday October 9th.
It's a benefit for Love Hope Strength, a charity that I've done a lot of work for in the past.
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, Fastball, The Resentments, Max Frost, Sabrina Ellis, Kelly Mickwee and many others witll be playing.
It's gonna be a great night of music, I hope you can make it.