Still . . . when professionals play it, and they're playing it with excitement and energy, music is important and magical.
Last night, my old friend Doug Schuler brought his altruistic band, the Blank Check Project, "home." The stage of the Watseka Theatre was filled with three singers, a six piece horn section, two guitarists, a drummer, a bassist, and two keyboard players (one of whom also sang lead and backing vocals). Watsekan Steve Courtright sat in on one song, playing an acoustic guitar he made. There were no weak links in the chain.
The band played something for everyone. There were original numbers - and favorites from Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Rascal Flatts, and more. Because I don't have to be creative with superlatives, I'll just say everything was wow, wow, WOW!!!
The energy in the Theatre may have caused structural damage.
I'm hoping these folks do another show.
Thank you to Doug, the band, the crew, and everyone who made the evening happen.
I'm hoping someone will credit the musicians and crew in the comments.