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SET THE MOOD

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Parties and gatherings. I remember one of the first parties I went to as a young man in my twenties in Little Rock, Arkansas. Well, really, I don't remember a whole lot about it. But it definitely made an impression. It was a cocktail party/art show kind of thing, featuring some beautiful small painted/glazed tiles by this guy:

Thom Hall. I remember that the tiles were all beautifully done and beautifully displayed - a lot of attention to detail, not only in the tiles themselves, but also in the way that each one was framed and then how each was hung on the wall.  Likewise, the event itself was beautifully executed. And it was the first time that I remember realizing this: The music you choose as the soundtrack for your party or event sets the mood. For Thom's party he chose this woman's music:

Bille Holiday. It was all Billie Holiday. And it set the mood. The music created several feelings at once. The smooth vocals and easy, breezy jazz arrangements transported us from …

Be careful - we WILL show up.

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Here's something that you may not know about Mr. Bobo and Mr. Beers. If you invite us to go to something, we will make a sincere effort to be there. Russel and Laura Beers learned that lesson recently.  A couple of months ago they called us from their home in Maryland and mentioned that Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson were coming to town, and that we should think about coming to the concert. "Sounds great!" we said. Mr. Beers immediately got online and started checking flights and looking for hotels in the area, and last Saturday morning we boarded an early flight to Baltimore.
It turned out to be a great, fun, and relaxing weekend.  
Too often these days we find that our families are spread out across the country, and tend to only get together for major events - weddings, graduations, milestone birthdays, and funerals. This weekend trip was none of those - just a chance to relax and visit with people we love. What a treat.

We had the opportunity to catch up with John an…