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Melanie at the Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, FL
January 15, 1999
I've heard it said that Melanie doesn't do as well when she opens for another act, or when she does a larger venue. Not so in this case. She had the audience eating out of her hand. And I could tell that the feedback was getting to her. She was thoroughly enjoying herself, more and more as the show went on. And it went on longer than was intended. She sang for at least 45 minutes. Near the end of her part, Peter came out on stage and whispered something into Leilah's ear, which she relayed to Melanie. It turned out that what he was saying was that someone (apparently, Art Garfunkle (who was coming on next) or someone from his group) wanted her to hurry up. Her only apparent concession to that was to cut short the repeating part at the end of Lay Down (Candles). Way to go, Melanie -- don't let anyone push you off stage.

Melanie her children on stage with her, serving as backup singers, and her son Beau also backed her up on guitar, and they all were just great. Beau is an excellent guitarist.

Here are the songs they did at this show:

Perceive It
Brand New Key
Florida Song
Momma, Momma
Ruby Tuesday
Jamming Alone
Look What They Done To My Song, Ma
(standing ovation here)
Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
(standing ovation)

She had some nice chatter about some of the songs, including Momma, Momma, which she said she wrote at age 16, and Jamming Alone, which she said she just finished. She also mentioned that she recorded Ruby Tuesday with a hip-hop group.

I got autographs from her and all her kids. I also asked Peter, but he said he doesn't do autographs. I met some of our fine cyber fans, including Hippy Girl, Peggy, and Andrew. Hippy Girl and I hung around for quite a while afterwards in the lobby, absorbing the glow.

I tried to get in with my big old Cannon AE1 camera, but cameras weren't allowed. But someone sneaked in a small camera, and will be sending me copies of the pictures for my web site. Meanwhile, I have posted my autographs in the "Pictures from records and CD's" section of my picture gallery.

This was my first live Melanie show, and I couldn't be more  pleased at how it turned out. It was a really great show, I got to meet Melanie and the kids, and I got to meet some of our "Beautiful People".

Look for new pictures on this site soon!

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