Monday, September 8, 2008

Percussion Summit 2008

I am a happy girl! Recently my husband surprised me with tickets to Percussion Summit 2008. As if that wasn't wonderful enough, he made a quite a date out of it! First he took me shopping for appropriate attire. The event was held at the Naples Philharmonic, which is quite the ritzy place. They did loosen the dress code somewhat for this event, but we didn't want to look dowdy. So it was off for a day of shopping and lunch, too. Then on Saturday we took a scenic route down to Naples a few hours before the concert. We strolled around the Waterside Shops, which feature places I've only heard of, such as Cartier's, Tiffany's, Louis Vitton and restuarants whose menu offerings I couldn't even pronounce. There was a live band and a beautiful, meandering fountain of sorts, more like an elaborate stream, flowing along through varying configurations of blue tile, surrounded by benches and greenery. We went to dinner and then to the show.

We had fabulous seats, 10 rows back, front and center. We could see everything and there was plenty to see. The entire stage was set up with percussion instruments of every description. Snares and bass, tom-toms, gongs and cow bells, marimbas and sets and timpani, finger bells and cymbals and steel drums. Different sets featured different arrangements of instruments and ran the gamut from lullabies (!) to marches to Earth, Wind and Fire and Harry Belafonte arrangements. The headliners were Gordon Campbell on a large set and Taku Hirano, the premier hand drummer. Both have performed and toured and recorded with just about every big star you've ever heard of, everyone from Barry Manilow to Fleetwood Mac, Kenny Loggins to Chaka Khan, Sean "Diddy" Combs to LeAnnRimes to Jessica Simpson to Earth, Wind and Fire. And let me tell you, they were GOOD! Amazingingly good. The concert went an hour before intermission, where we stretched our legs and heard people ordering Chardonnay; then there was another hour of pure entertainment. All of it felt like about 20 minutes, I was enjoying it so much. The place was packed with enthusiastic people as diverse as middle school boys to elegant dowagers, and they all joined in a standing ovation, earning us a great encore.

But finally it was over and we had to leave. I felt like a kid on a roller coaster, saying, "I wanna go again!" On the way home we stopped for what my husband dubbed "a decadent dessert," something called Caramel Apple Crisp alamode and basically it was "diabetic coma on a platter." Boy, was it good! Then it was home and to bed, lulled to sleep by the steel drums still reggae'ing in my head. My husband really knows how to show a girl a good time!


nikkipolani said...

Wow, Tracie! What a wonderful eventful time you've had! But you had me there with percussion lullabies. I don't think anyone fell asleep ;-)

Connie said...

Glad you had such a wonderful date!!!

Cherdecor said...

Was this your birthday?!?!? I mean, C'mon, if he does this just for the heck of it, what will he come up with for your birthday?????

That reminds me of a joke.
A man said that he was going to take his wife to Hawaii for their tenth wedding anniversary. The people said, "Wow, that is a big gift for a tenth anniversary. What are you going to do on your twenty fifth?"
He said, "Go back and get her!"

I laugh every time I hear that. So funny!

I am glad that you had a wonderful time! You better hang on to that man!

Charli and me said...

Now that would be my kind of evening. You are a lucky girl :>)

Lora said...

So glad you dropped by for the apple cake recipe! Hope you enjoy it!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Very fun. Your husband seems so thoughtful. I remember that word processing / computer thing he gave you to help with your writing. (Sorry, I generally remember the event but obviously not the details, and I'm too lazy to look it up.)

Elizabeth G. said...

Thank you for stopping by..

Your sons sound like fine young men, no small accomplisment in today's world.

Have a wonderful, blessed day!

thedailydish said...

WOW. What a NIGHT!! Amazing music, good food and even better company. What more could a woman wish for? May all your dreams be as enchanting as your reality. xo

daffy said...

and you got a new outfit! SOunds to me like you had a great time! It sounds perfect.

jenniferw said...

Fabulous, darling! You've got quite a man there! But what did you wear? I want to see a picture!

Sara said...

An evening of (I love percussion)! That, I know, was really something special and lively too. What fun. The whole evening sounds delicious, starting with the drive down the coast.

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