Wednesday, June 11, 2008

CSN Live!

The non-profit that I work for put on it's annual fundraiser concert last night and we were able to book CSN for the event... beyond cool. Although as an employee I could have gotten in to general admission for free, I bought two tickets in the reserved section, second row - center stage just behind the sponsorship tables... but at the last minute someone wanted to buy my seats so my employer gave me an upgrade to the VIP tables... third row from the stage! What a total blessing, I have never had seats this good. Thank you, I'll work for free for the rest of the year, just kidding.

What can be said about Crosby, Stills & Nash?


I am a big David Crosby fan and he really came through last night. David and Graham Nash carried the show for most of the night. David and Graham controlled the stage with their vocals while Stephen Stills completely sat out many of the songs, but Stills guitar work is second to none and last night he was a force to be reckoned with.

I was trying to think of one song that summed up the CSN concert last night, too many to choose from. They closed with one of my favorites "Teach Your Children" (we all noticed the absence of Suite Judy Blue Eyes) but there was the new Graham Nash song "In Your Name" that was hauntingly beautiful and at the same time such a powerful and timely song. Graham's new song is actually a prayer for peace and it nearly brought me to tears.

Peace, Love, and Light through Jesus the Christ!
Kevin (Cloud)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Magic Kindom Is Still Magical

We took some much needed vacation time last month. We took our beautiful star to Disneyland for the first time. We had a great time, it is a lot of work to have fun, but it was worth it. It was so magical to see her light up when she met Mickey and Minnie. It has been almost twenty-five years since we were last at the Magic Kingdom with our birth-children. There was so much to see and do, but we were ever mindful of the need for naps - not only for Bella, but also for us! We made an effort to ride some of the old standards and do some new things too. We ate at the Blue Bayou for the first time. It was by far the most expensive meal we have had at Disneyland, but the food and the service was second to none... well worth it. Bella's favorite was the King Arthur Carrousel, she must have ridden it three times!

We took the Amtrak train to Disneyland to avoid driving in So Cal traffic with a toddler in the back seat. Although it took a few extra hours going by rail, it was a great way to travel with a little one and a wonderful way to meet new people. The freedom to move about the train and explore made the travel time pass quickly. Eating in the dinning car while taking in some breathtaking California coastal scenery is a special treat. The food was much better than airline fare and the view far surpassed any that we have experienced in a stationary ocean view restaurant at any price.

Peace, Love, and Light through Jesus the Christ!
Kevin (Cloud)