Over twenty-five years ago I heard George Winston live for the first time. It must have been 1981 or 1982, the room at Stanford University was small and dark and I remember sitting on the floor. Winston came out in his famous flannel shirt, jeans and stocking feet, and I thought he was the piano tuner. I was wrong and was never so happy to be so. That concert was a slice of heaven.
Tonight my friend Kate and I will be curled up in our seats, full of English Pub food from a public house down the road from the theater, and we will get to enjoy this bit of heaven together. I can hardly wait.
If you are new to George Winston and want a recommendation of where to start, I say go with the first of his "season" recordings, Autumn:
The first song, Color/Dance, is my all-time favorite. Well, Joy is the song I came down the aisle to...so it is probably a tie. But the simple story is: I love George Winston's music.