On Sunday, I got to see Brooks Williams in concert. Brooks is a guy I first heard from my high school friend Michael Hunn; he had seen him open for Phil Keaggy at Middlebury College, and had a tape of his music. It was 10 songs, plus about 10 seconds of an 11th. It was my favorite tape, and wondered if I'd ever hear the end of the 11th song. I finally found the CD and began listening to him a lot. His music was the soundtrack of my senior year in high school, and especially that following summer while on staff at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. He used to play shows for my church in Evanston, but had lost touch with him for some time, other than buying a new CD here or there.
My high school best friend Britt Tucker bought me two of his CDs in February at a half-price sale so I've been listening to him recently. I decided to check out his website and lo and behold, I saw that he was doing a house concert in nearby Highland Park. So I e-mailed friend and guitar lover Dan Goff to see if he wanted to join me. He told me that he trusted my musical tastes enough, so he came with me. The concert was in the living room of a woman named Bryn, self-described "music junkie." Her house is so funky, right on Sheridan Road, just north of Ravinia. The living room has 15-foot ceilings, wood floors, and perfect acoustics for a live show. Dan and I were the last two to arrive, and took our seats. It was a house that would feel right at home in Austin, Texas...very earthy. Brooks just came out from the kitchen and started singing his heart out. What a guitar player, and what a performer. And it was also so communal-- everyone brought snacks to share, and there were 2 dogs and a cat parading around. In fact, when Brooks said he wanted to do a song in honor of the dog, Bryn hopped up and said: "Oh, let me get him," and let him out of the room he was locked in! If you want to hear one of his tunes, you can go to his Myspace site, or click below for a sample. I'm hoping I can lure him to do a performance some Sunday night for SHYG...we'll see.