Such a long time ago as a youngster, when I started to really listen to the music around me and began to be called to one genre over another, LRB came into my life. I listened to their music, contemplated the words, my soul was soothed but most of all, joy and peace was only a song away! But I didn’t know who LRB was! I was a kid who went with the feeling the music gave me, how it spoke to me, not particularly who sang it.
Many years later, now a mom off to the Ohio State Fair, walking past the bandstand and what is floating in the air to my ears, the tunes of the music I love – LRB! The Band was the featured musical group that day – free – yes I didn’t have to pay a dime and I could sit, watch, absorb, enjoy AND sing along with those who meant so much to my daily life! NOW I knew who LRB was!
Many, many more years pass, my life has had many ups, downs, joys, despairs, celebrations, craziness – but through it all, there was always something I could turn to which helped me find peace, find my center, spoke to me, got me through it all – LRB. They were my music of choice, always playing on my record player, music from my 8 track, singing from my Walkman, spinning on my CD player and now they live on my IPod and cell phone! Yes I’m that old but so are they – thank goodness! Because from the time I discovered music, began to make my own choices as to what I wanted to hear, lived my life – LRB has been there in one form or another.
Moving forward a few more years – I moved far from my family; one day I learn that LRB would be playing near me; oh my gosh I need to see them again, after all these years, in person; but I have obligations and money is a little tight so the opportunity passes me by and I lament about it for several years! But a couple of years ago, I see that they are sort of in my neighborhood, close enough that I can make the drive to see them once again. I make my plans, by my tickets, convince my hubby to come and we were not disappointed.
Just as back in the 1980’s when I first saw LRB at that free fair concert AND got their autographs and a brief “hello”, I was afforded that again now 30 years later! I was so excited, beside myself (and in all the hubbub I lost my ID and credit cards – never to be seen again but who cares) I saw Wayne and LRB AND got photo AND got autographs AND my heart had confirmation that in the bigger picture of life, some things don’t really change except to get only better!
Today, I try to go to the boardwalk at the beach at least once a week and my 1 ½ hours of walking is now my grounding, what brings me to balance BUT I have company when I walk – yes it’s LRB! The songs I know and love and the voices that speak to me, playing in my head, thru my IPod! LRB has always been my rock and I don’t see that ever changing!
I have a boy scout troop and when we are off to the woods or at summer camp for the week in July, LRB goes with me! The boys know sooner or later I’m going to sing those LRB songs to them and they are OK with that! LRB joins me on my hikes to wherever my feet take me!
2016 was a super special year for me – as I said I have converted hubby a bit and he gets my LRB music need so when the Band was playing in Hartford this summer, he suggested taking a long weekend, follow the band up the road, and see them at the 2nd CT venue the next night! OH YEAH! I was in for that. BUT that wasn’t all, a couple of weeks later, turns out that LRB was playing just up the road (sort of) in NY – yes indeed I jumped at the opportunity of seeing them 3 times in about a month! And each was a pleasure, meeting the guys after was awesome – they are special, their music is special! (my next goal is attend the meet & greet lol)
One last thought before I close this long rambling history of me and LRB, when I saw the Band at that fair all those years ago (Aug 1984), late that day there were tornadoes in the area (typical Ohio summer weather) – most of us had to hunker down and wait out the weather before heading home! When I went to the after show greet with LRB / Wayne after seeing them a few years back for the first time since 1984, Wayne responded that he remembered that show and he spoke of the tornadoes that I had totally forgotten! Like I said, super special people and when they say it, they mean it; when they do it, they are it! I like to think we touch their lives a little just as they touch ours!