Resorters Week Music

August 10

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing. ~ Dave Barry

The first week of August has for many years found the Super and I in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, at her Inidiana University alumni camp. That time frame, of course, always coincides with the Resorters Golf Tournament. The pandemic has shut down Camp Brosius for the past two years. Thus, we have able to attend the last two Resorters, this year’s being the 100th annual.

Apologies to fans of Jim Falbo of St. Paul who performed at the golf club on August 1. That was the 20th anniversary date of my retirement, and we must have been doing something else exciting (see previous posts, or not) . . .

Apologies also to golfers and fans of golfers for the delayed publication of my hundreds of photos taken during the tournament. We somehow survived two days of little or mostly no internet service while we undertook extensive trouble shooting – involving an hour-long call with grandson, Tommy the Geek; an hour-long call with Spectrum; a long-unanswered call to the router company; and an afternoon-long visit from classmate, Bradley the Ancient Geek. As best as we could determine, the new router may be flawed, so we’ve gone back to the older, slower one . . .

August 4

[If you went to high school in Alexandria, you know the couple lurking in this photo . . . ]

The aforementioned Ancient Geek . . .

[The performance and dining area in the Resorters Pavilion . . . ]

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air. ~ Jack Benny

[As the signs say, above and below . . . ]

[Chris Koza of Minneapolis has performed both solo and with his band, Rogue Valley, nationally and internationally . . . ]

All I do is play music and golf.  ~ Willie Nelson

Par is whatever Willie shoots. ~ the pro at Willie Nelson’s own course

The golf swing is very, very rhythmic. There’s a certain tempo to it, just like in music. It just made sense to me. Music is everything to me. ~ Justin Timberlake

August 5

[Self explantatory, n’est-ce pas?]

[Jonny Mogambo, voted entertainer of the year in Vail, Colorado, where he performs four times a week in ski season. Yup, he was pretty darn good . . . ]

I play all the time — I just suck! ~ Branford Marsalis

I play in the low 80s. If it’s any hotter than that, I won’t play. ~ Joe E. Lewis

Do you know what goes good with music?


[The big board, with club president Jerry Rose (green shirt) . . . ]

Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart. ~ Arthur Daley.

If you’re caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron. ~ Lee Trevino.

I started watching golf for the first time yesterday. I`m really worried about myself. I was actually enjoying it. ~ Ewan McGregor

If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. ~ Dean Martin.

[Saying goodnight to Jonny . . . ]

August 6

Music in the Gardens (Legacy of the Lakes Museum)

Get in a Billy Joel state of mind with Mick Sterling! Gates open at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 6:30. You can choose from Gar Wood seating, putting you right up front near the stage with a chair provided, or Grasslands seating, which is bring your own chair or blanket. Museum members get special pricing on tickets and kids 12 & under are always FREE! There will be beverages for sale, along with snacks…

After 40 years of performing, songwriting and give audiences all he’s got in the Twin Cities and the midwest region, Mick Sterling has left his unique mark in Minnesota music.  His signature sound of Soul, Rock and Blues is finding new audiences in 2020 as he produces and performs in shows that honor the artists that influenced him to sold out shows everywhere he performs them (

[As the piano player in a Billy Joel tribute, Peter Guertin was the key (so to speak) . . . ]

[Mick, followed in subsequent photos by his 15-member band . . . ]

I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints – the sinners are much more fun. ~ Billy Joel

We are living in a time when American popular music is finally being recognized as one of our most successful exports. The demand is huge. ~ Billy Joel

I don’t care what consequence it brings, I have been a fool for lesser things. ~ Billy Joel

It’s really hard to make a living as a musician. It’s almost impossible. ~ Billy Joel

I was drawn to boxing because I got beat up as a kid. I was the kid with the piano books in a New York neighbourhood. ~ Billy Joel

I’m probably writing music now for the same reason as I started writing songs when I was 14 – to meet women. ~ Billy Joel

I did write a letter to the archdiocese who’d banned the song, Only the Good Die Young, asking them to ban my next record. ~ Billy Joel

You can get what you want or you can just get old. ~ Billy Joel

We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning. ~ Billy Joel

You may be right, I may be crazy, but it just might be a lunatic you’re looking for. ~ Billy Joel

Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true. When will you realize… Vienna waits for you. ~ Billy Joel

I am, as I’ve said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary. ~ Billy Joel

They say that these are not the best of times, but they’re the only times I’ve ever known. ~ Billy Joel

Son, can you play me a memory. I’m not really sure how it goes. It was sad and it was sweet and I knew it complete when I wore a younger man’s clothes. ~ Billy Joel

 Tell her about it. Tell her everything you feel. Giver her every reason to accept that you’re for real. ~ Billy Joel

They’re sharing a drink called loneliness, but at least its better than drinking alone. ~ Billy Joel

Ain’t we got fun? ~ The Super

[A 17th century organ (OK, that’s just a guess) . . . ]

I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times, I’ll take you just the way you are. ~ Billy Joel

Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts. ~ Billy Joel

I’m sure you have some cosmic rationale, but here you are with your faith and your Peter Pan advice. ~ Billy Joel

Bottle of red, bottle of white . . . ~ Billy Joel

[Closing the door on a knock your socks off performance . . . ]

[It was a full house as is semi-obvious by my out of focus panorama shot . . . ]

August 7

[Our old friend Elsa Lee at Carlos Creek Winery . . . ]

[From Minneapolis by way of, at one time, Duluth . . . ]

Without music, life would be a mistake. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~ Victor Hugo

I see music as fluid architecture. ~ Joni Mitchell

[And lest she has a dearth of performance head shots . . . ]

True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. ~ George Gershwin

The only love affair I have ever had was with music. ~ Maurice Ravel

He has Van Gogh’s ear for music. ~ Billy Wilder

Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it. ~ John Lennon

Composers shouldn’t think too much – it interferes with their plagiarism. ~ Howard Dietz

August 8

[It was wine club pick up day at Carlos Creek Winery . . . ]

[Josie Nelson, another old friend at the winery . . . ]

There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another. ~ Frank Zappa

[Did I mention that one week from this day Josie would be enrolling in medical school at the U of M?]

The people who know nothing about music are the ones always talking about it. ~ Nat King Cole

My music, my songs are 100 percent inspired by girl power. ~ Paulina Rubio

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it. ~ Stevie Wonder

There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres. ~ Pythagoras

The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie. ~ George Lucas

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

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. ~ Stanley Kubrick

I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. ~ Igor Stravinsky

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music. ~ Nina Simone

One of the things I love about music is live performance. ~ Yo-Yo Ma

[And yes, she has her Golden Gopher football tickets . . . ]

And then it was on to Sunday afternoon nonfiction book club . . .

[Our hosts took us on a pontoon ride on Lake Carlos. I think that may have been the first time we have been on a lake since we moved three years ago. Many thanks again to Deb and Paul . . . ]

Wearing a giant, over-sized scarf will make you look deeply intelligent in almost any situation, but especially a book club. ~ Sarah Cooper

My mother had a book club that would dissolve into opening wine. ~ Tim Federle

I still have a book club with my friends from when I was 5. That’s the privilege of growing up in a place where people want to remain. It’s a huge gift. ~ Claire Danes

I have not been in a book club where there were any men, and I have not, in fact, heard of book groups that were mixed. ~ Elizabeth Berg [Editor’s note: We’re mixed – likely in more ways than one . . . ]

First I read the beginning, and then I read the ending, and then I start in the middle and read toward whichever end I like best. ~ Gracie Allen

The covers of this book are too far apart. ~ Ambrose Bierce

If we didn’t have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate. ~ Megan Jo Tetrick, age 12

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them.  The only books I have in my library are books that other folks have leant me. ~ Anatole France

I was reading a book, “the history of glue”; I couldn’t put it down. ~ Tim Vine

There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. ~ Flannery O’Connor

I just got out of the hospital.  I was in a speed reading accident.  I hit a bookmark. ~ Steven Wright

It’s true, bees do it!!

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. ~ Bertrand Russell

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. ~ Tom Clancy

Up Next: There’s lots to be shared about the Resorters . . .

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