Mudcat Café message #822970 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #52976   Message #822970
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
10-Nov-02 - 08:06 PM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding in Branford, CT again!!
Subject: RE: Rick Fielding in Branford, CT again!!
And thanks, bbc for your kind words about my music. As any musician knows, there is a special pleasure in returning to a place where you've performed several times. Like setling in to a favorite chair.The Branford coffee house does that for me, as does the Sounding Board in Hartford, and Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs. When you walk through the door you feel like you've never been away, no matter how many years have passed. Ruth and I were talking on the drive home about the people I really admire most in the folk community. It's the people who run the series, those who do the set-up and the sound, and the take-down and put-away. And the loyal audiences who make a point of coming out to support the traveling musicians, whatever the weather or what's happening in their own lives. That's why I enjoyed meeting Barbara and Frank and seeing you, Duane D and the other Mudcatters. If it wasn't for people like you and the rest of the Mudcat family and all the great people who give generously of themselves running the series, the whole folk circuit would die. For a musician, it's not the pay that leads them to travel around the country. Better to stay at home and work at Starbucks. It's the warmth of the audience that makes the long drive worth it. I take as much pleasure in being part of an audience as I do being a performer.

Last night was worth the drive from Toronto. Or Westchester County..

Jerry