The start of this perfectly lovely Spring evening began with the arrival of
Alabama's first lady escorted by Alabama's own, Taylor Hicks, at the benefit for Hannah Home Shelby presented by
Governor and Mrs. Riley.
Patsy Riley is a gracious and engaging lady and her participation in the night's festivities added to the evening's success ... and she confessed to being just as charmed as we are by our handsome
Taylor opened his acoustic set at the Boots, Blues and BBQ benefit, with his version of Van Morrison's "Moondance".
I have to say I was so excited I could hardly contain myself.
I have been waiting and hoping that some day I'd have the opportunity to hear him perform it, and it was fantabulous.
With Jeff Lopez on the flute and Brian Less on the keys, it was a dream come true for me!
"Moondance" from Boot, Blues, and BBQ with Taylor Hicks
When I first started my TAYLOR HICKS MY IDOL Blogspot, one of my very first blogs was titled "Moondance".
Although TAYLOR HICKS MY IDOL, Taylor's Scrapbook Tribute, has been in existence since April of 2006, it was not until the Fall of 2007 that I starting blogging as an extension of his scrapbook.
I've recopied below my October "Moondance" blog, as you can see it took seven months for my wish to be granted ... it was well worth the wait!
I do believe that Autumn has arrived, from 90 to 50 degrees seemingly overnight! It is my favorite season, and the reason I named my beautiful daughter, Autumn!
The October skies brought to mind one of my favorite Van Morrison songs that I would love Taylor to add to his set list or even better ... to record it!
Can't you just imagine Taylor's take on this song, there would be even more thudding than when he sings 'let's get it on'!
Van Morrison's "MOONDANCE"
Well it's a marvellous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
to the sound of the breezes that blow
And I'm trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
You know the night's magic
Seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight
Seems to shine in your blush ....
Can I just have one a' more moondance
With you, my love?
Can I just make some more romance
With a' you, my love?
Well I wanna make love to you tonight
I can't wait till the morning has come
And I know the time is just right
And straight into my arms you will run
And when you come my heart will be waiting
To make sure that you're never alone
There and then all my dreams will come true dear
There and then I will make you my own
And every time I touch you
You just tremble inside
And I know how much you want me
That, you can't hide ....
You can watch a spectacular one here:
"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
Remember To Take Time To Smell The Flowers