Saturday, January 5, 2013

memories - Not only does Al have them, he creates them for others!

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 1/5/13

It seems to me that I have been doing a lot of time travel over the last couple of weeks. It continued Friday night with going to The Miami Shores Country Club to hear Lourdes Valentin. The Club goes back to a time when excess was the norm. Ballrooms, dining halls and what looks like a 100 seat oval bar. The back bar is filled with top-shelf labels and they know how to make all the tasty cocktails. The back wall of the lounge is all glass, overlooking a driving range. The sound system was a challenge but has been overcome by the work of John Challenor. The acoustics are not bad considering the size and scope of the room. Many of the vocalists fans showed up, including my pal Bill.

Lourdes was joined by Brian Murphy(piano) and Orlando Machado(drums/Sound of Vision), Ms. Valentin guided us through time and genre with songs covering a wide range. From "If I Only Had A Brain" to "Our Love Is Here To Stay" to the Latin beat "Que Sas" to the spiritual "Wade In The Water" and the whimsical "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" from 100 years ago. Lourdes sang "Close Your Eyes" . I did and imagined myself back in the "Big Band" era and, for those of you who might remember, "The Glen Island Casino". Ask Great Grandma. Quite a trip for the first Friday of the New Year. Hmmmm. Looking forward maybe a trip to Broadway for Lourdes Valentin.       

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