August 9, 2011
I’ve suggested before that one of my least known attributes is my fine singing voice. I’m still stunned that there’s not more demand for it.
As a kid, I had these big old headphones in my bedroom. I’d crank up the music and sing, improving on the work of the Staple Singers, the Reverend Al Green, the Chi-Lites, Smokey, Aretha, Bill Withers, Billy Paul, Sly and the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and so many others.
There was a time when I just knew I could be a Pip. Some people might argue that I achieved that goal. But those are mean people who are probably intentionally missing the point. Even today, I can still sing all of the backup words to Midnight Train to Georgia.
Like a bird.
Although my desire has been unrequited, I don’t begrudge other people who stand up and sing to large crowds. So for the past six years, I’ve put on a concert down at Zilker Park here in Austin and invited all of my friends. We consistently have around a thousand people having a blast in that great venue.
This year, we’re having a big night of R&B. The legendary Mavis Staples is the headliner. Charles Bradley will open up the night.
It’s on September 15th. The sponsor reception begins at 6:30. The music starts at 8:00. As usual, we’ll have things to eat and stuff to drink.
This event has become a tradition. It gets better every year. Don’t miss out.