Friday, May 16, 2014

"By The Time I Get To Bellingham" - An Evening With Jimmy Webb.

Still feeling completely gobsmacked to have met famed songwriter, Jimmy Webb, following his performance at Bellingham's Mount Baker Theater last night. Built in 1927 and recently restored to its original splendor, this 1500 seat venue provided a rather intimate atmosphere for this legendary performer.

Songwriting has always held an interest for me. If it could be said there is such a thing as a songwriting super hero, then Mr Webb has always been that to me. In person, he truly comes across as being a kind, warm-hearted and gracious man. After he autographed his book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting (Yes, I brought my copy to the show. I can't explain it, but I just felt I should take it with me), I asked if he would be so kind as to pose for a picture? He immediately said, "Of course!", and swung his arm around me as if we were old friends. Like, I said, feeling gobsmacked to have met such a legendary songwriter whose work I have admired since I was 10 years old.