We went back to McCabe’s Friday night to see Noel “Paul” Stookey, formerly of Peter Paul & Mary. BankCamp and Dulce met us early for dinner. They stopped by McCabe’s before it closed as a shop and ran into Noel Stookey, who chatted with them and got their names.
We saw him at the restaurant we always go to before McCabe’s concerts, and Hydra flashed him a peace sign, which he flashed back.
We got in line outside the venue about 45 minutes before the doors opened. We like the front row, and seats aren’t assigned. While in line we met a man–originally from Indiana–who had a guitar with him. He’d had it signed by Peter Paul and Mary in something like 1965 and 1969. He was back to get it signed again and to tell Noel how his music had changed his life.
The concert was terrific. Lots of new music, and stories of how some of the songs came about. He’s a really good guitar player on top of everything else. It was as comfortable as having a friend perform around a song circle.
We happened to be in line behind this fellow to have our CD signed. You can see how Noel listened to him, and appreciated the connection. At one point he reached forward and hugged the guitar man. Then he drew a very cool caricature of himself on the guitar!
Wish I’d thought to ask to take a photo of the guitar, but Hydra was already talking to Noel. We let him know that the PP&M PBS special Lifelines connected us with a lot of the musicians we still enjoy, including the amazing singer/songwriter Susan Werner.
When BankCamp and Dulce talked to Noel, he remembered their names. What a generous man. He said during the concert that he got a giggle out of seeing people standing in line outside the Bitter End when they first headlined, and he still gets a giggle out of it today.
Yay! It’s great when you meet some one you admire and they are as wonderful as you hope they’ll be. And I’m really happy for him that he still gets so much out of creating and sharing his music.