I made a triumphant return to the 6AM taco run this morning (after two entire Tuesdays of sleeping in!) I had SIX friends/acquaintances there and for some reason we decided to run the seven mile option for the first time. We ended up logging 7.25 miles in about 1:03 and I enjoyed the company of new friends. I also decided the extra miles meant an extra taco…..logical right?
I mentioned that my pre-racing activity wasn’t quite text book procedure for getting ready for a 10 miler. I was ok with that because I also decided it was about time to see some live music in the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Saturday I went to JAB Fest with two classmates – Tiffany and Lauren – and Tiffany’s husband. JAB stands for the Josh Abbott Band, a Texas country band that’s breaking onto the radio. The festival included other Texas (country of course) artists and bands like Curtis Grimes, Cory Morrow and Rich O’Toole.
The venue was the Nutty Brown Amphitheater and Cafe which took me much further south of the city than I’ve ventured yet. We arrived early in the afternoon and felt like we had stepped into “true Texas” (you see, Austin is sort of a Texas exception. They pride themselves on being everything “not Texas”, except football fans). There were cowboy hats. Plaid shirts. Tight jeans. Boots and more boots. All the things I love about country style. There were also dip can outlines in back pockets, bling on back pockets, Texas flag purses and gaudy jewelry. All the things I’m not so crazy about Texas style.
But oh the music. For most of the first several bands I had no idea what the words were. Doesn’t matter. The music gets inside your soul and your body just starts to respond. Some toe tappin’. Some hip swayin’. We stood around chatting and people watching, commenting on all the style mentioned above, as well as the various groups of people. Then Curtis Grimes came on stage and the three of us girls were totally entranced for the next 40 minutes.
He got us with his smile. He got us with his twangy, country voice. He got us with his songs about smiling girls (Title: Smile). He got us with his eye contact across the small crowd (“oh my god, I think he just looked at me….”). It was 40 minutes of the best parts of being a girl. It’s safe to say he has a few more fans.
Tiffany and her husband left Lauren and I behind to wait for the namesake of the festival. I’m not sure where they went but I bet it was important grown up stuff like eating dinner and getting to bed at a reasonable hour.
Lauren and I hung tight until Josh Abbott came on. Through the sunset. Through the temperature drop. Oh tonight, we’re gonna set the world on fire. I’m gonna set aside my pride. Through the influx of underage kids (beyond obnoxious). Brave and relentless, sweet and defenseless, I can never get enough – everytime we touch. And the band totally outdid themselves, playing every song they’ve ever written. Click here to see two of them I’ve written about before. If you ain’t seen an Abilene sunset, you ain’t met my Texas yet. My feet were achy and my back was tired from standing for 6+ hours but I didn’t care. I sang to the words I knew and swayed to the ones I didn’t. It was a perfect evening under the big Texas sky with the appropriate background music (banjo and fiddle).
And let me tell you, those Texas boys love to sing and write about their Texas girls – pleased to be one, even if only for a few years 🙂