You only get the one chance to make a first impression. - Alan Doyle, said during Salina show
I have neither the time nor the functioning internet connection to do this right, but there's no way I'm waiting till I get into Omaha...or somewhere else, if I wind up missing what's going to be a really tricky connection - which would suck because it would mean I'd miss the GBS Turns 17 Show, but if I do miss it, I will console myself with a decent internet connection somewhere and get this done the way it should be.
Fair warning - this is not a YouTube video of Alan's show-stopping solo version of America Is Beautiful/Yankee Sailor, at least not yet it isn't. It's only a screen cap of the video on my drive. My internet connection here has just about given up the ghost and I can't get this gorgeous video to upload. Yet. But as soon as I get to Omaha, or wherever else along the way I find a decent connection, this is right where you will find the video of a superb song and a stellar performance.
One of my favourite kinds of shows are first-time shows. The Great Big Sea show at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, Kansas, went really well; the set list was spot-on, they played it perfectly with winning charm and sweet self-deprecation, and they truly did wind up making an excellent first impression. Out of the 500 or so in attendance, maybe 50 people had ever heard of GBS before, the rest coming to the show because the folks who run the theatre have a good reputation for bringing in music that appeals to their patrons. Score one more victory for the folks who run the theatre, as well as for the men up on the stage.
When Alan made his comment about first impressions, it got me thinking about my own first time, about the permanent impression he and his music made on me at that moment. And then he performed America Is Beautiful/Yankee Sailor, reminding me for the umpteenth time how he is everything I thought he was from that first hello. He is exactly as wonderful as I first thought, and even more so - that is the best and truest first impression ever made. And he's the one who made America beautiful tonight.
Which pretty much covers what I did not want to wait until Omaha (or wherever) to say. The solo video and the rest about the show then too.
One last quick note along that theme of being even more wonderful than highest opinion fully realised - the newest Robin Hood trailer, in which Alan finally gets to speak a few of his lines.
While looking absolutely breathtaking.
And just to add a bit more excitement before I scoot out of here to catch my godawful early bus, if the online site Hollywood Wiretap has its information correct, it looks as if Robin Hood is going to be the opener at the Cannes Film Festival.
I do believe Alan is about to make more of those ever-lasting first impressions on a whole lot more people.
Time for the bus.