I’ve been reading Garrison Keillor’s books and listening to A Prairie Home Companion for almost half my life. So when Garrison brings his radio show to New York and performs at Town Hall, I’m so there. Actually, the last time I was there was in 1997. I met Garrison after the show, all nervous with my old tattered We Are Still Married with page 73 falling out, clearly a hardcore fan. And he signed my book. Last Saturday, I brought the same book for him to sign again, 11 years later. I do things like this. Example: Jodi Picoult signed my copy of The Pact during three consecutive years.
Highlights of the show included:
- Garrison’s red sneakers and red socks.
- Seeing everything up close and personal style from my second row center floor seat.
- Garrison singing “April Come She Will,” which is one of my Top Five Fave Simon & Garfunkel Songs.
Brad Paisley was there, rocking songs about the importance of putting the toilet seat down and how he doesn’t highlight his hair because he still has a pair. Tell it, brother. Here’s Brad with my friend and pal John Mayer performing “Why Georgia.” Also, poet Ron Padgett read some of his awesome poems from How to Be Perfect. I like “Medical Crush.”
I had some rules for re-meeting Garrison after the show, like: Do not faint. And: Do not make fool of self.
I tend to get all hufuffled when I meet my most cherished authors. But Garrison was totally sweet and signed my book again. I gave him a copy of When It Happens for his daughter and he was all interested, asking lots of questions. I’m looking forward to our next reunion in 2019.