Monday, November 15, 2010

Bruce Holmes at Friday at the Ford

Time flies. Over a week has passed since singer/songwriter Bruce Holmes performed at Friday at the Ford, my library's coffeehouse concert series. Flying time was much on his mind. Though he has gray hair and beard, he says that he does not feel old. He is trim, energetic, and seeking new experiences. As he sang in "Marathon," he runs marathons and is a triathlon coach. He is also still seeking romantic women. Many of his songs were focused on his desires, successes, and failures. "Failures make better stories," he admitted.

Bruce is an award-winning songwriter. His inventive wit and melody making have won him prizes at music festivals in Texas and the Midwest. In his songs, he tackles topics that most songwriters and performers standing before a group composed mostly of seniors might fear to address, particularly lustiness, loneliness, and lack of belief in afterlife. His performance was artfully frank and highly entertaining. Bruce had the audience sing along with the chorus of one song, which they did quite well. I think they would have liked to have joined in on a few more. Like Bruce, they do not feel old, and I think they appreciated that he did not just sing safe old songs. They bought most of the CDs that he brought along. I got a couple myself.

In the performance, Bruce sang from his CDs The Old King's Reel and Life's an Intelligence Test. He also performed seven songs from his third CD, which he is still recording. His range of topics and moods were wide, and he never lost the audience. He even asked ahead for an extra half hour so he could sing more songs. Why would I not agree? We had a great evening, for which the library got many thanks.

You can learn more about Bruce at his website.

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