Growing up in Los Angeles, you might be surprised that my favorite baseball team was the Cincinnati Reds But they had an amazing line up with Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Davey Concepcion, Ken Griffey (no, not junior, the original) and my personal favorite, Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. What I loved about Bench was his old-fashioned, Oklahoma-bred values, his great work ethic, his commitment to be the best. After surgery to remove a benign tumor, Bench's throwing arm was compromised and impacted how he played from then on, yet he continued to be the best in the game.
Do you see what I'm getting at here? Reminds me of one Casey Everett James, Texas blues guitarist turned TV reality show contestant turned back into what he was and always will be -- a dedicated, talented and devoted musician.
The penultimate concert of the 2010 American Idol tour takes place tonight at the Riverbend Music Center. I won't be able to update this blog way into the early hours of tomorrow, as I have in the past, because real life intrudes. Just as Casey's momma is about to get her youngest back, I'm about to let mine go. The world is weird that way. But she'll be in a dorm, not bouncing around in a bus (at least I hope not!), and should get some sleep (at least I hope so!) and take care of herself. She's shown me how to do Skype video chat so, unlike Debra, I won't have to wait for someone to upload a YouTube video for me to see her (at least I hope not!). She's starting a new chapter of her life too and with every turn of the page there is excitement and apprehension and the great unknown. But mostly new experiences which are all part of Life's Rich Pageant (thank you REM).
Feel free to use this blog as yours tonight. Post whatever you find in the comments section for others to read. On Wednesday there will be a major post for you to add your comments to reflect back on the first chapter of Casey's professional life. Check back here then. When I get back to a very quiet, very empty nest, I'll fully update this and the other blog posts. Then we'll see where the next chapter leads us.
A few hours before the show, fans at the venue before the show tweeted that Casey was out there meeting fans. This is great news, it means he's doing better. Here's a tweet from one of them at the venue: @poisnivyred Yeah! Someone actually asked him how he was feeling and he said he's much better :)" But since she also tweeted it was very hot, let's hope Casey isn't over-doing it.
I found this with the correct date, 8/30/10, so I believe this is from Cincinnati. If I'm wrong, let me know.