Friday, September 30, 2011

Of Joy

As always, the beautiful Golden Gate Park holds my favorite event of the year: the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. I made sure to catch tonight's closing act, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. While dreads dangled and bodies bounced, I slowly made my way to the stage.

A few years ago, I saw Robert Plant sing with Alison Krauss at the festival. This year, he sang with Patti Griffin. As the sun sets behind me, I think, I am so lucky.

Highlight songs include: "Thank You," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Ramble On" and, my personal favorite, "In the Mood."

Beach balls and bubbles dance in the air. Robert Plant and Patti Griffin, both with gorgeous flowing hair. This night is inspiration at it's highest point.

The immense crowd - I can't believe I got as far as I did!

This woman: my savior. Let's just say, I don't know her name or where she's from, but we rocked out to the music in pure and wholesome ways. Hardly. Strictly. She knew the words of every song.


  1. Looks and sounds like you had a great time!

  2. Jealous! Why didn't I think to get over there last night? Open Studio, Hardly Strictly, a wedding -- there's too much to do this weekend!

  3. Ohhhh. that was such a special evening a few years back. That festival holds such a special place in my heart. Love you!