Wherever the Road Leads

Concert Time

In Beaufort, South Carolina

About fifteen years ago, I sat in a small restaurant in the Old Town in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Music was playing on a boombox in the background that caught my ear. I asked the waitress who was the singer. She brought me the CD cover and it was a singer named Linda Eder.

I had never heard of her and, in reality, have heard little of since. She might best be described as a Barbara Streisand style / Broadway show tunes singer. However, I have purchased a couple of her CDs and went to a concert to see her while I was living in Chicago.

A song of hers was played last summer by the commercial-free internet radio station that I often listen to – Jones College Radio out of Jacksonville Florida. I found a version of the song on youtube – the Youtube link above – and enjoyed it. From there, I went to her website and discovered that she was going to be in concert in Beaufort, which, for the edification of those trying to inflect a French pronunciation into the town’s name, is pronounced the good ole’ American way… Byou-fert. Just like it’s spelled.

The Performing Arts Center at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort is a mere hour north of Savannah. Yee haw! Sign me up. I went online and got a $40 ticket in the sixth row, center, for $35 because I’m old. And I later discovered that parking was free. And diesel was forty cents a gallon cheaper than in Georgia. I could hear my dead Scottish ancestors cheering, “Here’s tae ye!”

From the Beaufort website…”Tucked into narrow interlocking streets and adorned by natural foliage and centuries-old, moss-draped live oak trees, this area is one of the focal points of the history, heritage and natural beauty of the coastal Lowcountry. Fine homes from the Civil War era can be found in the eastern portion of town, many with unrivaled water views.” Beaufort is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston.

Welcome to South Carolina

Welcome to Beaufort

The main drag of the original town.

A wedding ceremony was being held at this beautiful old home.

The symbol of South Carolina, the palmetto tree.

 

Spanish moss abounds.

The Performing Arts Center at USCB.

 

Notice the sign over the door.

The Performing Arts Center seats only 460, smallish, and being in the sixth row made the performance quite an intimate one. No frills, no introductory act, just Linda and a six-piece accompanying band. With very little small-talk, she came on stage at 7:30 and sang for ninety minutes.

And she sang “If Someone Like You”! The event was a roaring success!!

Someone Like You
Linda Eder

I peer through windows
Watch life go by
Dream of tomorrow
And wonder why

The past is holding me
Keeping life at bay
I wander lost in yesterday
Wanting to fly
But scared to try

But if someone like you
Found someone like me
Then suddenly
Nothing would ever be the same
My heart would take wing
And I’d feel so alive!
If someone like you
Found me!

So many secrets
I long to share
All I have needed
Is someone there
To help me see a world
I’ve never seen before
A love to open every door
To set me free
So I can soar If someone like you
Found someone like me
Then suddenly
Nothing would ever be the same
There’d be a new way to live
A new life to love
If someone like you
Found me

Oh, if someone like you
Found someone like me
Then suddenly
Nothing would ever be the same
My heart would take wing
And I’d feel so alive!

If someone like you
Loved me!
Loved me!
Loved me!

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  1. Alistair Mair  November 3, 2017

    Good to see you venturing out.

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