Friday, July 30, 2010

Closing in on 200 and the BoDeans

I am taking today off. Why? When I am so close to reaching my goal? Because I am planning a long run in the morning and want to be ‘somewhat’ fresh for it.

I have put in 26 miles so far this week. Monday was 8 easy miles. Tuesday was a 6 mile fartlek run with 12 pick ups in the middle of 1 minute each with 1 slow between. Thursday was a 7 mile easy run and yesterday was a 5 mile easy run as well.

So as of right now, I am 14 miles shy of my goal of 200 miles for July. I need to just get up early on Saturday and go. It should be no problem but you never know. My knee has been acting up like on yesterday’s run. It was quite sore for the first ½ mile or so but then it felt fine the rest of the run. Hopefully there will be no issues tomorrow.

Tonight, instead of running, I will be taking the girls to the Racine County Fair. I am sure it is like most county fairs across the country with lots of farm animals for the kids to see and tons of junk food to eat. They have fun especially in the petting zoo area where there are all kinds of different animals, ducks, pigs, dogs, cats, rabbits, chicks, etc., you get the picture.

I went to the fair last night to see the main stage concert. It was a band called “The BoDeans”. Perhaps you have not heard of them. They are from the Milwaukee area and have had a few minor hits in the last 80’s to early 90’s. They are most know for their song “Closer to Free” which was the theme song for the TV show “Party of Five” which was 6 seasons starting in 1994 and gave the start to Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt and a few others.

I have seen The BoDeans quite a few times and they put on a good concert. If you haven’t heard of them before, I understand, and if you haven’t, you may want to check them out. I am sure they are on YouTube somewhere. I am trying to think of a band they sound like but can’t really do it. Maybe a little like The Dave Mathews Band??? They have 2 lead vocalist who sing different songs and also harmonize really well together.

Of all the concerts I have gone to over the years, they did the most incredible thing in concert I have ever seen. At a show in a smaller indoor theater (maybe 1000 seats) in Madison, Sammy Llamas, one of the lead singers, went out on stage and asked the crowd to be completely silent for the entire next song. Once the crowd was quiet, we walked to the front of the stage with his acoustic guitar and with no microphones or amplifiers, just himself and the guitar, blasted out the song “True Devotion”. It was incredible to hear and see. Anyway, just wanted to share that concert moment with you.

July Quest for 200 Miles Update: 186.6 miles completed, 13.4 to go


Mark said...

Rock on, Bill!!! 200 miles is an awesome accomplishment! Good luck!

misszippy said...

Way to go on the miles!

I am familiar w/ the Bodeans...we have a great indie radio station here in Baltimore that turns us onto all kinds of great music, the Bodeans included. Glad you got to enjoy them.