Monday, August 1, 2011

When Editing is Necessary

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Today’s Blog Post

When Editing is Necessary
As I read this article/report today I kind of giggled. Catherine, the author/note taker, posted this from her Cell Phone I am sure. She did a pretty good job of getting most of the information down pretty good. Thanks Catherine.It was posted on the Edmonton Sun’s Web Site and she was reporting on the Big Valley Jamboree that took place in Camrose.

I repost it here for you to enjoy. The continuous rolling way it is presented is interesting. I think she(or someone) just hit “send” – before it was edited. As a fellow writer this is one of my own nightmares. Sending something that isn’t done yet – is a horrible feeling. But waking up the next morning to see what happened is even worse. How many people have reads this? Oh boy.

Thanks Catherine. I am not making light of your reporting abilities – just commiserating with you!

Report from Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose…quote from Monday Morning post…
“The audience laughed when Ronnie Dunn said Toby Keith might not make it on stage on the final night of the 19th annual Big Valley Jamboree.
It took hauling out MC Danny Hooper for the audience to believe the double issues facing the performance.
Eyes were on the sky as the clouds rolled in. Secondly, Keith was being attended to by doctors for a throat condition, despite being on scene.
Were making it up as we go along, Dunn joked while playing an extended set.
The better half of the recently broken up Brookes and Dunn was doing more than fine on his own wearing pants as tight as ever.
He pulled a note from off stage that asked for securitys permission to stand, and stand they did. And did line dances, and clapped and hooted and hollared good and loud.
My Maria induced screams prompting an encore that last longer than the musician had bargained for.
The Charlie Daniels Band offered up a wicked, wild ride with flailing fiddlesticks, wailing organ and an epic instrumental showcasing solos from all the band members.
Daniels said rednecks get a bad wrap, saying people who hop in a pickup, shoot mailboxes and throw beer cans in the ditch.
This is not a redneck, he said.This is an idiot.
He said being a redneck instead is about being a hard worker. Appropriately, the only way to acheive such musical mastery is through years of calloused hands and hard work.
If Big Valley Jamboree is about country for everyone, the band brought everything country from gospel, to drawn out southern rock solos to good old country.
Daniels sang Amazing Grace before finishing the time on stage with Devil Went Down to Georgia, setting the audience on fire.
The 74-year-old band leader had more energy on stage than people young enough to be his grandchildren, even if he sat for much of the performance.
But it wasnt all about Daniels. Each of the musicians took turns in a stunning showcase of their efforts. The instrumental came to a thundering end with the drummer pounding away at two Osama bin Laden skins, with a target on the terrorists face and Xs on his eyes.
Once Jimmy Rankin got the crowd off their feet, there was no slowing him down. Rankin traded his Cape Breton accent and Celtic roots to be a little bit more country.
Now with four solo albums under his belt, hes moved down to Nashville and his performance showed he was just as at home with country music.
Although, he was perhaps a little less comfortable in the summer heat.
Im melting like ice cream, he said with the sun in his eyes.
While the concert bowl holds tens of thousands of people, he made Big Valley Jamboree feel intimate with Forget about the World.
Under blue Alberta skies The Gift/ A Tribute to Ian Tyson paid homage to Canadas singer-songwriter.
Nothing beats the original, but a band full of musicians who have played with Tyson came pretty close.
The band absolutely nailed Navajo Rug.
The rotating group of vocalists joined together to sing Four Strong Winds.
Greg Hanna kicked off the final day of Big Valley Jamboree with an unapologetically-redneck set, a fitting start to a day.
He praised daisy dukes and cowboy boots, but showed a softer side with Making Love Real.
One of the lesser-known headlines, the Ontario musician grew up milking cows and moved to Nashville.' End quote

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