Backyard Music Festival
My neighbor down the road, an artist and a folk-music fan, heard a great singer-songwriter at a musicfest and they worked out a deal: Lodging at her place so he could tour the Midwest and in exchange, he’d do a private lawn concert. And so it was. Greg Klyma, native of Buffalo, NY, currently living in the Boston area, told me Boston has a great folk-music scene (after I expressed my doubts). He played guitar and mandolin during 50-minute sets including Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin'” and his own compositions and novelty numbers (“Creepy Dead Bug” and my favorite, “The Kale Store”) — and can he wail, and pick, and entertain! Neighbor’s family and friends and my entourage of music lovers totaled about 25 people under canopies, under the stars, in chairs, listening to live music– surely a first for The Divine Green Acres Estates — and hearing the chorusing frogs just below the cliff. All was perfect except that Greg, not a Missourian, had to go back home, but not before he was fed Super Smokers barbecue. The balloons tied to the mailbox were to flag the turn; we have no street sign and like it that way. To my puzzlement, GPS and Google Maps have recently renamed our beloved and ratty Highway F “South First Street.” South of what? First of what? One night in June it was first in fun. Farewell, month of June 2014. I loved every moment. And hire a singer-songwriter to perform on your patio.