Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Legend Drops by Twist and Shout

The great Judy Collins stopped by the store yesterday and it was a total thrill! I waited around later than I normally stay and found that I was getting more and more nervous at the prospect of meeting this legend. She was doing a signing of her new book Sweet Judy Blue Eyes at Tattered Cover in LoDo and offered to stop by and say hi. No big whoop right? She didn’t want it to be an open-to-the-public event, so it really came down to me, Jill, My brother Alan, his wife Peggy and employee supreme Natasha. So, I was getting nervous; what if it was weird and uncomfortable? What if I couldn’t think of anything to say? What if she was a snooty star? Well, I needn’t have worried, because when the petite, beautiful musical and cultural icon walked through the door, she immediately put everyone at ease. She was chatty, sweet and grateful for the fact that ANY record stores exist in 2011. We were all kind of star struck, but she happily signed everything we had, including our big guitar (and a few extra copies of her fine new CD Bohemian which will go to the first lucky purchasers).
One tends to forget what a pivotal star Judy Collins is. She easily bridged the folk scare of the late 50’s and early 60’s with the folk rock movement of the mid 60’s, and then continued to create lovely pop/rock records for the next four decades, all the while remaining a figure of respect and integrity. Before she left, Jill held up the back cover of Who Knows Where The Time Goes and pointed to the beautiful hippie version of Judy on the back and said “In 1969 I would have done anything to look like this.” Judy laughed a knowing laugh as we all pondered the passage of time and how wonderful its effects have been on her.
-Paul Epstein


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Awesome, Paul!