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on April 22, 2009 - 11:18pm

tonight i went to a small concert in a saloon in the middle of the santa ynez valley, one of california's premier wine areas. on the stage were a group of men who, in their early careers, were part of some of the most influential and legendary bands of the late 60s and early 70s. Richie Furay, Jimmy Messina, Timothy B Schmitt, Rusty Young and Paul Cotton---together and separately, helped make up bands such as Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins and Messina, and now, the Eagles. If you're under 50, this won't mean anything to you, but there on that little stage, were some true legends of the music of my youth. Their hair is thinning and they were sucking down bottled water instead of beer or hard liquor, but their musical abilities were clean and polished beyond what it was when they were young, starting out. Their vocals were astonishingly youthful. More than anything, they were having a great time. this little venue was the warm-up to the show they're putting on tomorrow at a much-larger show. They ended the show with my favorite Buffalo Springfield song--On the Way Home--a song i have on my ipod, and easily among the most-played songs i have. when i got my ipod and hit itunes for the first time, i had a short list of 6 or 7 songs i wanted more than any others. "on the way home" was in that very select group. i was one happy audience member. to someone without knowledge of these men's pedigree and credentials, they might have not stopped to listen to the oldsters on the stage, but for those of us there who do, it was like being entertained by royalty. it was pretty darn amazing.

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