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From: Smokey aka Aaron Arnold
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2000 022742 -0600
Subject: [hix] Austin show

No, Mr. Would Be President Elect was nowhere to be seen last night, but maybe present incognito.

I sat with Maryann and her husband, Tary, and she seemed to be enjoying herself, but need I say, I wish she had been on the stage for the full duration. Oh well, I still thought it was an excellent concert.

I presented the birthday card with the the attached letter after the show. I was not able to stay to see the full reaction, but I am sure he was grateful.

I'm no music critic, but here are few memorable moments and observations

Dan looked and sounded as good as ever. He seemed to be having fun playing the snare brushes, and doing the dance on "I Don't Want Love", responding to a noisy crowd, Dan said "Did you pay $20.00 to talk in here? Stupid jerks!", then he introduced the band, and when he got to himself, said "I'm George W. Bush, moonlighting while things are counted"

As a medley with "Topsy", he played a song he identified as "Swing forty two", which he "wrote while entertaining troops in Romania, in 1942....Romania, Kansas", and got a big laugh. The song gave Tom Mitchell a moment to really shine. He's been an asset to the show each time I've seen him.

The highlight for me, need I say, was when Maryann joined him onstage for "I'm An Old Cowhand", in which she took center stage, and then she joined the Lickettes, Trish and Susan, for "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away"

Brian Godchaux solo in "Milk Shakin' Mama", which sounded more or less like "The Hucklebuck" was very creative.

Aaron "Smokey" Arnold
'It's not my time to go'