I believe that his latest album is an absolute masterstroke and I knew that I couldn't miss out on his concert on Friday, April 26th at Best Buy Theater in Manhattan. This time out, he hit the stage with an incredible lineup of musicians: Marco Minnemann on drums, Guthrie Govan on guitar, NYC's own Adam Holzman on keyboards, Theo Travis on saxophone/flute, and an extremely entertaining bassist/stick player in the person of Nick Beggs. Being that Best Buy is a general admission club, I leaned up against a pillar and simply watched some of the top players in the world creating some of the most inspired sounds I've ever heard. As I watched, I got the sense that I was witnessing the very pinnacle of musical expression. It was that good.
After the show had let out and I was walking back to Penn Station to get the train, I noticed a man about two blocks ahead of me drop something on to the sidewalk. When I reached that point, I noticed that he had lost his Steven Wilson concert shirt. I quickly picked it up and made a dash toward him. I caught up with him at a crosswalk. When he finally realized that he had lost his shirt and I had returned it to him, he was so happy. He kept saying that I made his night. Of course, I had just been at the same concert as him and knew that his night was already quite good. When I finally made it to the Penn Station, I bought an iced tea for myself, a slice of pizza for a homeless man, and then I climbed aboard my train. The rest is history...
"Each of you
should give what you have decided
in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver."
~2 Corinthians 9:7