Remember Bacon numbers? Here’s how Wikipedia describes it: “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a trivia game based on the concept of the small world phenomenon and rests on the assumption that any individual involved in the Hollywood, California film industry can be linked through his or her film roles to actor Kevin Bacon within six steps.”
So last night, after a lovely afternoon of music with friends in Santa Monica, Hydra and I drove to Claremont to a house concert where we saw Barry McGuire and John York doing their Trippin’ the Sixties show. Barry told lots of stories about his life in the music scene of the sixties and the people he worked with and knew. Amazing, energetic show!
We’d heard this was a great show, but couldn’t have expected just how much fun it would be. Barry mentioned a couple of times that he is about to turn 77 and that man rocked out! So did John York, who’s about a decade younger. York did amazing things with his gorgeous Olson 12-string.
I knew Barry McGuire mostly for “The Eve of Destruction” and for the reference to him in “Creeque Alley,” by the Mamas and the Papas, “McGuinn and McGuire couldn’t get much higher, in L.A. you know where that’s at.” But he did the lead in Hair on Broadway for the first two years and when he did that song it was amazing. I could imagine what it must have been to see the show back then. Powerful doesn’t begin to describe it.
Okay, enough about them! When Barry asked for two women volunteers from the audience, Hydra started nudging me and then I heard Musiqe call my name. She’s one of my Harmonista buddies and, with her husband, the host of the house concert. So we got up there not knowing what would be asked of us, and were invited to see the “ba-dahs” on “Monday Monday!” It was so much fun, and went so fast.
I love this guitar case! I am pretty sure it’s Barry McGuire’s.