Monday, February 18, 2008

An Evening With Oleta Adams

I got a big surprise when my best friend (We go back like spinal cords and car seats) from Long Beach, California showed up on my doorstep on February 14th . Now if that wasn't enough, he came bearing gifts in the form of concert ticket to a show featuring Oleta Adams. You cannot imagine my elation because I have been a fan of hers for years, but had never had the opportunity to see her.

It was the best kept secret in the Dallas area because I had no idea she would be performing that night.
Oleta did a mixture of the old and the new, including the one I think she might be most famous for "Get Here". Her band consisted of a guitar player, a keyboardist, her husband on the drums, and of course her playing the piano. And play she does. The girl has skills and one of the biggest and best voices I have ever heard and believe me I have seen all the major female artist from Aretha to Gladys.

Other gems included in the set were "Circle of One", "Hold Me For A While", Lover's Holiday", "I Knew You When" and "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". For the encore she performed "I Just Had To Hear Your Voice". I thoroughly enjoyed every second of her performance. Adams is one of those gifted and original voices that haven't received, outside her loyal fan base, the recognition that she richly deserves. Check out Ms. Adams performing her signature tune "Get Here".


Malcolm said...

What a great surprise to see one of your faves in concert. I feel ashamed that I don't know more by Ms. Adams besides "Get Here".

Lori said...

Dang PJ., I need your kind of friends . . . the kind who come baring gifts rather than begging for stuff (smile). Also, it's great to know Ms. Adams is still doing her thing.

pjazzypar said...

Malcolm, A good place to start would be "The Best Of Oleta Adams". You can get it new for 12.99. It's well worth it.

Lori, My buddy is worth his weight in gold. Oleta was in great form. I guess she has been doing some inspirational music too.

X. Dell said...

Well, nice to hear about welcome surprises. I hope you enjoyed the concert.

pjazzypar said..., I had a wonderful time. Unwelcome surprises suck big time.