And a little adventure to take my mind off the latest darkness of mankind.
Had a last minute invite to go up to the lovely Hollywood Bowl and having recently discovered there’s a Hollywood Bowl shuttle bus all way from down here in the beach cities, I gave it a whirl. So for $8 ($5 if I’d known sooner) I got to ride up on the party bus, landing at the front entrance. I took a mini cooler with egg salad sandwiches, some nuts, lemon snaps, a couple of apples and chocolate. And got there lickety-split.
Had myself a nice cold one while waiting for my bff to arrive at will call (she came down on the metro rail). She brought a self-concocted alcoholic concoction – and very delicious it was too.
So we sat high up in the bowl, we could see Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign, and as the sun set we listened to a variety of cool artists do a couple of numbers each.
After intermission we got to hear Janelle Monet (absolutely fabulous), Sharon Jones (powerhouse singer) and then Stevie Wonder. I was reminded by my friend that this time last year we were at a very small club in the Marina seeing Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire (the Larry Dunne version) and who should show up but Stevie. Having never seen him perform live, I was in complete awe. Anyway, tonight at the bowl he asked for a moment of silence for Norway. Then he talked about some of the songs that first influenced him, he kind of rambled and tinkered and sang parts of them. It was neat, kind of intimate, very cool. When he switched keyboards and started Superstition I wanted to cry, for all kinds of reasons I’m sure, but I just love him and his music and to see him live is really, really special for me. As I said, I am just plain in awe. Then he did Higher Ground as well. That was it, just a tiny set, but that’s OK, I’ll take whatever I can get.
And then I rode the bus back home with the same folks I’d ridden up with, sitting back, relaxed, enjoying downtown LA at night, looking at all the buildings and getting to note their names finally.
If you live somewhere with a thriving and integrated public transportation system (ie., pretty much anywhere else but L.A.), this likely won’t be significant, but in this town, both of us successfully using public transportation to meet up for some great entertainment, was pretty special.
P.S. I’ll be doing it again at the end of Summer when my sister comes to visit – yay!
P.S. I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month – 31 days of July, a blog a day if I can.