From the acoustic July 12th:
"Pat Duncan Memorial Benefit For Hospice Care" Concert
featured on the new CD
"Gino Ruberto: LIVE at Lake City"
**To view or listen from the
internet: Just click on the song's
title (If your connection is slow, download is
RIGHT click on the song's title, choose "save target as" and save it to your desktop; When the download is complete, go to your desktop and play the file from there.
To play the audio & video downloads on this website,
you'll need a recent version of the FREE "Real One Player"
Click the RealPlayer icon to download the latest FREE "
Real One Player"
*If your internet
connection is slower than DSL or Cable Modem speed, these files work
best if you download them to your hard drive and play them from
there. This will eliminate all those annoying "buffering"
A MAMMOTH-SIZED "THANK YOU!" to all who attended the concert that night!
Duncan Memorial Benefit Concert" was my first public performance since
breaking free from DURANGO back in April. July 12th was also the
first time that my little sisters and I ever performed together in public.
Certainly not the last time though!Noodles and Jenzy delivered rock solid harmony vocals
for me, and we had Li'l Superman, Alex
"The Almighty" Nyhus, (formerly of DURANGO) providing
supporting accompaniment on acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin,
and blues harp. What gave me the MOST pre-show jitters was knowing that
this show was my very first headlining gig where a majority of the
songs we'd be performing would be songs that I wrote. Laying a string
of "unfamiliar" songs on an audience in one big stretch like
that could have proven disastrous, but these folks really stayed with
me. I can't even begin to express how much it meant to hear those
high-decibel crowd responses throughout our 90-minute set. The warmth,
enthusiasm and support was overwhelming. I know it meant an awful lot to
Mike Duncan and his family too. Thanks for making what was already
a special occasion for us, truly unforgettable.
The Alex Nyhus Banjo Extravaganza The passionate musical vignette that opens this particular EXTRAVAGANZA was written by none other than the master of all instruments known to man: Alex "The Almighty" Nyhus
Mike and Pat Duncan were high school sweethearts and more in love than any married couple I have ever known. Mike lost Pat to pancreatic cancer last August. Pat's sister, Marilyn, wrote a song honoring her beloved sister as a gift to Mike. All of the song's lyrics came from love letters that Mike had written to Pat during their thirty-two blissful years of marriage. A few months ago, Mike played me an acoustic guitar & vocal demo of the song that Marilyn had given to him, and asked me if I could put together my own arrangement of the song and perform it at the benefit. Talk about a tough assignment! I figured the only way I could possibly complete the song and really do it justice was to close my eyes and try to put myself in his place, try to seep inside his soul and truly feel the sorrow and the loneliness he must have felt watching the love of his life slipping away from him right before his eyes. This recording from the July 12th benefit concert was the debut performance of "Now You're My Angel". It got a standing ovation.