Just Another Weekend

August 16

Taking a brief break from Resorters reporting to catch up on current events. We had the last performances of the season at the Legacy of the Lakes Gardens, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, and a local production of Bread & Roses by our storyteller, Paulette Friday, at the high school’s Performing Arts Center . . .

August 13

Music in the Gardens-Joyann Parker

It’s the last Music in the Gardens of the season and we’re thrilled to welcome back Joyann Parker to the Legacy Gardens! Gates open at 6:00 pm and the show starts at 6:30. Gar Wood seating gets you next to the stage with a chair provided. Grasslands seating is bring your own chair or blanket. Museum members enjoy special pricing on tickets and kids 12 & under are always FREE! For those who purchase advance online tickets, proceed to the gates to check-in on the night of the concert. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase! Thanks to our sponsors for this event, Aagard Group and Steinbring Motorcoach! (https://lolm.betterworld.org/events/music-gardens-joyann-parker)

[Another perfect evening for outdoor music here in Vacationland USA . . . ]

Talking with Joyann Parker is, well, a joy. She laughs a lot, fully and freely, like she sings. She sings the blues, among other styles, but she laughs like someone without a care in the world, or someone who knows how to live with her cares and keep laughing. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Parker is a rising star on our local music scene who’s poised for national attention. So far, she’s best known for her signature tribute to Patsy Cline, which she has performed hundreds of times. Her second album, “Out of the Dark,” to be released tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 13) at the Dakota and next Friday (Feb. 19) at Crooners, should open ears and doors. Eclectic and adventurous, with Parker’s powerful voice backed by a strong band, it’s a knockout (www.minnpost.com/artscape/2021/02/).

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. ~ Frank Zappa

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. ~  Albert Einstein

Play it fuckin’ loud! ~ Bob Dylan

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~  Maya Angelou

If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet. ~  Keith Richards

I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me. ~  Bob Dylan

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do. ~  Bob Dylan

[I never had a good angle to “capture” the drummer or the bass player. I could have moved, I suppose, but that would have required extra effort . . . ]

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable. ~  Aaron Copland

Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. ~  Leonard Bernstein

Next to music, beer was best. ~  Carson McCullers

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things. ~  Tom Waits

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~  Leopold Stokowski

Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe. ~  Douglas Adams

I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird. ~  Paul McCartney

When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. ~  Lady Gaga

Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST. ~  Frank Zappa

[The bass player could only be “captured” by trimming the photo above . . . ]

Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you, Tomorrow I’ll miss you. ~  Paul McCartney

Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays. ~  Oscar Wilde

If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing. ~  Sir James Barrie

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common. ~  Sarah Dessen

Let it be, let it be ….. ~  Paul McCartney

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. ~  Frank Zappa

[As the sun sinks slowly in the west . . . ]

[The patrons enjoying a break in the action . . . ]

[Same break . . . ]

[Thanks, Joyann!]

[We have seen Joyann a few times now, and she does indeed have a big voice. We sat in the front row for photographic purposes and came away slightly “deef,” as we say around these parts . . . ]

[A final goodnight until next season to the Legacy Gardens . . . ]

August 14


This is an Outdoor concert – please bring your own chair.

Since performing their very first shows together in the early spring of 2004, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute band to the iconic group Chicago. Based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, this eight member ensemble creates an accurate musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock band to ever hit the stage. Transit Authority’s mission is to recreate the excitement of the original Chicago’s sound with each and every performance. (Minus the cracks and pops of the vinyl!) 

Transit Authority has assembled some amazingly talented musicians who meticulously capture all the nuances of the original recordings and will honestly make you believe you are witnessing the real thing. Performing mega-hits such as, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Hard Habit to Break”, “Make Me Smile”, “Old Days”, “Just You ‘n Me”, “Beginnings”, “Wake Up Sunshine”, and many more (https://www.tlhd.org/2021-events).

[The day broke beautifully over Lake H2Obert . . . ]

[And our cute little European mountain ash . . . ]

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. ~  Confucius

[Another beautiful evening for an outdoor concert in Vacationland USA. This concert was originally scheduled as an in theatre event, but COVID again raised its ugly head . . . ]

[It gave us a chance to show off the new theatre facing . . . ]

[This was the original facing . . . ]

[That was done in by woodpeckers . . . ]

[The regular crowd shuffles in . . . ]

[Transit Authority takes the stage . . . ]

[Nicole does the introductions . . . ]

[She did an outstanding job saving our season again this year. We lost our final show, “Glensheen,” which was scheduled for a 2-week run, to the pandemic. Transit Authority was a kind of last minute plug in . . . ]

[I am admittedly not much of a Chicago fan. But they may have saved the evening for me by playing “Does anybody really know what time it is,” one of the most pretentiously stupid songs of all time, first and getting it out of the way . . . ]

[This a really talented group of musicians, and I thought their second set was absolutely fabulous . . . ]

There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. ~ Sun Tzu

Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up. ~ Hans Christian Andersen

Some guy said to me: Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock n’ roll? I said: You’d better check with Mick Jagger. ~  Cher

Well my music was different in high school; I was singing about love—you know, things I don’t care about anymore. ~  Lady Gaga

[In an unsuccessful attempt to settle into life in the witness protection program, he opted for a job in the concession stand at a popular local theatre . . . ]

[Ever a creature of her career with the Air Force, the Super spotted this contrail for me to shoot . . . ]

I’m telling you a lie in a vicious effort that you will repeat my lie over and over until it becomes true. ~  Lady Gaga [Editor’s note: Boy, does that sound familiar . . . ]

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. ~ George Eliot

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist. ~  G. K. Chesterton

The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life. ~ Rob Sheffield

[I had never heard of mix tapes before (see above). But they were a story line by the lead singer during this concert . . . ]

People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. ~  Michael Jackson

I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you play the stereo at max volume, it’s almost like the other people can’t see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow. ~  Chuck Klosterman

If music be the food of love, play on. ~  William Shakespeare

[If you’re from around these parts . . . ]

[You know what happens when it gets dark in the summer . . . ]


Hard to say what’s right when all I wanna do is wrong. ~  Prince

I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear. ~  Freddie Mercury

I live and breathe my work. I love what I do. I believe in the message. There’s no stopping. I didn’t create the fame, the fame created me. ~  Lady Gaga

I mean, if Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at twenty-two, the history of music would have been very different. As would the history of aviation, of course. ~  Tom Stoppard

I believe that a person’s taste in music tells you a lot about them. In some cases, it tells you everything you need to know. ~  Leila Sales

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning. ~ Plato

This is the strangest life I have ever known. ~  Jim Morrison

Do you know people who insist they like ‘all kinds of music’? That actually means they like ‘no kinds’ of music. ~  Chuck Klosterman

Say goodnight everybody . . .

August 15

It’s a beautiful morning, ah . . .

I think I’ll go outside for a while . . .

And just smile . . . ~ Rascals

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. ~  Susan B. Anthony

There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers. ~  Susan B. Anthony

Why is a woman to be treated differently? Woman suffrage will succeed, despite this miserable guerilla opposition. ~  Victoria Claflin Woodhull

Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear. Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts. ~ Anna Quindlen

Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them. ~  Oscar Wilde

[The Super with Janet Baker, the costume designer for the event. And we may have discovered the next local musical wunderkind. High schooler Leah Zenner sang “Sylvie,” which I probably hadn’t heard since the last time I listened to the 1959 “Belafonte at Carnegie Hall” album . . . ]

I’m already crazy. I’m a fearless person. I think it creeps up on you. I don’t think it can be stopped. If my destiny is to lose my mind because of fame, then that’s my destiny. But my passion still means more than anything. ~  Lady Gaga

Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them. ~  Plato

Up Next: Still a lot of Resorters stuff . . .

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