Tuesday, January 11, 2011

B. B. King Is A National Treasure

Chez Quinn started the year off right. Not only did The Man and I get to go on a date, but he took me to see B. B. King. It was an outstanding show.

We've seen B. B. King on two other occasions. The first time was a few days before 9/11 in Hershey, PA where he performed with Buddy Guy (who is AWESOME too) and John Hiatt. The second time was three and a half years ago when I was eight months pregnant. So technically, the youngest urchin has been to a B. B. King concert too. The sound table was obstructing our view of that one. But things turned out fantastic because we were moved to the third row where I could see every fret on Lucille.

The Man and I really wanted to see him again, since we knew he's getting up there in age. He announced at the concert that he is now 85 years old. And let me tell you, the man can still rock. The singing and guitar playing were brilliant. Plus he talks to the crowd quite a bit and is funny as hell.

His band has been with him for years. The "new guy" has only been with him for twenty years, so you know these are top notch musicians. They put on a great show too.

After his performance, Mr. King threw guitar picks to the crowd, posed for pictures from the stage and signed anything handed to him. For thirty minutes. The man is a class act. He's been an ambassador for the United states and has toured over ninety countries.

On the way home, talking about the show, I informed The Man that B. B. King was a national treasure. In Japan, people can become living national treasures when they are "keepers of intangible cultural properties." And I believe with all my heart that B. B. King is one of The United States' living national treasures.

So The Man and I started playing one of our favorite games. "Who/What Would Be On Your List?" And I figured I'd play this game with you. Who would be on your list of Living National Treasures of the United States of America?

I'd truly love to know!


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The KFC Colonel?

Victoria said...

I agree! It sounds like you had a great night!

My list of Living National Treasures:
1. Dick Clark
2. Mel Brooks (I'm not sure how old he is, but c'mon...Space Balls? That has to count for something! lol)
3. A gentleman I know through Scouts. He was awarded his Eagle rank in 1948 and he's so interesting to listen to.

Ava Quinn said...

I don't think he's still living, Sue. And I'm not counting zombies. lol

Ava Quinn said...

I can't believe I didn't think of Mel! He's definitely on my list.

M.J. Fifield said...

I agree that Mel should be included on the National Treasure list. I would suggest Bob Barker.

I worked backstage at a B.B. King concert many moons ago. He was a very nice man. I was a little too star struck and whatnot to do much other than stammer but still...great to be in his presence.

Ava Quinn said...

That is awesome, Melissa. He's so cool.

Hmmm, the spay and neuter spokesman. Hadn't thought of him.

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