Last night Tom and I sat under the branches of towering trees, watching the half-moon play hide-n-seek behind the fast moving clouds and listening to live music - it was a Friday Night Hootenanny! The cold and the rain have kept us away for the last few months - we're wimps. But after last night, we're regretting we missed so many!
Our friends have created an outdoor Texas-style auditorium on their property - all wood and stone. A small fire chased away the chill near where we perched on a stone ledge on the terraced hillside, part of an audience that was almost outnumbered by musicians performing for us on the stage. Musicians came and went, but over the course of the night we listened to several acoustic guitars, a bass guitar, keyboard, saxophone, mandolin, trombone, snare drum, flute and bongo drums. Oh yeah...also a tambourine and one of those cylindrical things you shake to make a sandy, rattling sound.
The Hootenanny is a meeting of nature and music. If you're a musician, you're free to join them on the stage. It's a wonderful combination of cover songs and Linton-Mancilla originals...rock, blues, folk music, some Latino...
If you're in the Austin area and want to experience the Hootenanny yourself, let me know. I'll send you all the details. It's free - the only cost is an adventurous trek down a dirt road, something to drink and maybe a bag of chips and jar of salsa.
Now I'm off for more adventure - my first University of Texas women's basketball game and a movie with some Lago girlfriends...we're not sure which movie, but it doesn't matter. It will be fun just spending time with them!
Tomorrow will be a day of playing catch-up and crossing off to-do lists. Today...fun and friends.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!