A Complete Abridged History of Music (Part 20)*

November 4

* In the greater Alexandria, Minnesota, standard metropolitan statistical area

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats. ~  Albert Schweitzer

Well, boys and girls, we have reached the end of our 20-year sentimental journey down the musical memory lane. Who’da thunk that this last year would occur in the midst of a 100-year pandemic. Our last venture to an indoor venue occurred last March, and we were probably pushing it a bit at the time. Who knows when we’ll go inside again, as the cold weather season is soon upon us. I didn’t realize until I got into this that 2013 and 2014 were by far our most active years of cub reporting. Coverage has been gradually slipping since then in conjunction with my bodily mental and physical slippage. I find myself going to bed at 8:00 pm and waking at 2:00 am. There is not a great need for cub reporting at 9:00 am, when my battery is fully charged. So finally, and at last, I give you what was available in 2020 . . .

I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, ‘Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the fucking deli without hearing or seeing me.’ ~  Lady Gaga

Josie Nelson @ CCW, January 2020

Anthony Miltich @ CCW, March 2020


Josie Nelson @ CCW, June 2020

Salty Dogs @ CCW, June 2020

Terry Kennedy & Bill Riggs @ Garden Bar, June 2020

Anthony Miltich @ Lure Lakebar, July 2020

Farewell Angelina @ TLHD, July 2020

(Lauren Lucas, Lisa Torres, Nicole Witt and Andrea Young (may not be in that order here) )

Love at a Distance (Carson Rose Schneider, Siena Forest, Luke Williams & David Walton) @ TLHD, July 2020

Tuesday Night Club (Terry Kennedy, Bill Riggs, Al Lieffort) @ Garden Bar, August 2020

Bill Riggs

Dan Chouinard @ TLHD, August 2020

Kevin Kling @ TLHD, August 2020

Elsa Lee @ CCW, August 2020

Erik Schultz @ CCW, August 2020

Her Crooked Heart (Hilary James & Rachel Ries) @ TLHD, September 2020

James Case (w/ Jimmy Peterson & Casey Gooby) @ TLHD, September 2020

King Pari (Cameron Kinghorn & Joe Paris Christensen) @ TLHD, September 2020

Debbie Duncan @ TLHD, September 2020

Judi Vinar @ TLHD, September 2020

Lori Dokken @ TLHD, September 2020

Patty Peterson @ TLHD, September 2020

Rachel Holder @ TLHD, September 2020

Lori, Patty, Debbie, Rachel & Judi @ TLHD, September 2020

Terry Kennedy, Bill Riggs & Al Lieffort @ Garden Bar, September 2020

Terry & Bill, same time & place . . .

Anthony Miltich @ CCW, September 2020

Terry Kennedy, Bill Riggs & Jim Faber @ Garden Bar, September 2020

Alexandria High School Marching Band on Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C., 1992

[The Alex band was recognized as one of the best in the country at the time and was thus rewarded as the final performers in parade. I was living in Arlington, Virginia, at the time, so I consider these my first Alex music photos.]

Goodbye, Goodbye
Goodbye, Goodbye
Goodbye, Goodbye
My love, goodbye

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC. ~  Kurt Vonnegut

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