You have probably already seen the setlist and read feedback from the forum about other personal experiences during this remarkably special evening in Maine.
I just want to say again that I was amazed at how easily chatty MK was both onstage and off. (I think I heard him talk more onstage on Wednesday night than at the TOTAL number of concerts I've attended throughout the years.
He was genuinely warm, just delighted at how the show turned out and very happy to share that with the people who spoke to him afterwards.
I didn't ask for a hug, and I didn't get a keepsake or a kiss. But I was able to personally talk with him. I told him how much I loved the show and he said how enjoyable it was to do it.
I wanted to ask him something unique, that no one else likely had posed to him that evening.
I think I nearly blew his socks off (American expression) when I asked him if he raced at Goodwood this year. He was utterly amazed that I even knew about it. He said no. Then he waited a moment and with a big smile he said, "But, I did race at Lemans". Then I returned the huge smile and said, "Yes, coming in ninth was fantastic". And I got another beaming smile back at me! I ran into him again a while later downstairs when he was talking with some of the Opera House people.
It was also great meeting Guy, Richard and Glenn. I asked Guy if he'd be reporting the event on his website and he said 'absolutely' but I'd never thought it would be so quick.
It was also truly wonderful to meet more of the forum/people. Before leaving Maine yesterday, I made Nomad and Harvey (HHH4 both promise that we would get together some dreary winter day or evening to reminisce about our collective experiences and bring back some very warm memories. (I did post this on the mi casa, su casa thread.)
Please, anyone on the forum or on the T Roadie list who is coming through the Boston area - whether it be for business (I guess most of us work to support our MK habit!) or pleasure - let me know in advance. I am always delighted to meet MK afficianados!
One other thing.
At one point during the show, MK was talking about the guitar that Richard was holding. He asked Richard to take it off and show it to everyone. Apparently, it was very unique due to the neck shape.
Not being technically oriented about specific guitars (although I do know the steel national!),I was curious, and wrote to Richard about this. Here is his reply:
Thanks for coming to the Boothbay gig, it was very special for a very good cause. Thanks too for getting a copy of the Rainy Decade, it's very much appreciated.
The guitar Mark spoke off is a National Hawaiian guitar and it has a square neck, because it is played Hawaiian style with a bar and not fretted with the fingers. In fact, the strings are raised about a half inch above the finger board. This creates quite a bit of tension on the neck and they are quite thick, hence the square shape for strength.
A couple of afterthoughts
I think one of the reasons this event worked so well for MK was not only the size of the Opera House but the general ambience of the locale.
I thought Boothbay Harbor was right out of the movie Local Hero. I'm from the New England area and have visited many coastal villages but, Boothbay Harbor and, of course, the knowledge that MK was there, made it all the more resonant. I believe he felt right at home.
I was staying at a beautiful inn across the harbor from the Opera House. I awoke very early on Thursday AM, made some coffee, bundled up and then walked across the road to the water. There were huge flat rocks and small tidal pools. With the exception of the water lapping against the rocks you could hear a pin drop.
I just kept re-playing the Local Hero theme (my all-time favorite MK song) in my head as I walked on the rocks and looked to the Opera House. For just a split second, I wished I'd brought my IPOD with me so I could actually listen to the soundtrack. And then I realized that I didn't need it.
Emily from Boston