I went to a concert yesterday
to celebrate my birthday.
Actually, my birthday was Saturday
but as is the tradition in our family
( started by my kids )
our birthday celebrations are, at a minimum,
Birthday Weekends, and sometimes
The entertainer I saw is a relative of mine.
He played the afternoon gig at Monaghan's Pub,
an Irish joint just down I 95 from Center City Philadelphia.
His name is Brian Harmer.
You'll be hearing from him.
I just spent way too much time ( google )
trying to figure out if Brian is a "2nd cousin" of mine,
a "1st cousin once removed",
I'm going with, "he's my cousin's kid."
I know this.
He entertained the heck out of me for 3 hours.
His playlist is as diverse as the musicians
who once cruised Tin Pan Alley back in the day.
My wife and I heard Woody Guthrey, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, the Clash, Bruce Springsteen with a smattering of Irish Songs thrown in.
He played Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball to appease the ladies.
I am glad to report there was no Twirking involved.
If you have a request just yell it out.
But if you plan to finish your pint of Guiness,
before being shown the door,
DO NOT request a Led Zepplin song.
This 30 year old singer is an old soul,
which is right up my alley.
It was a very nice way to spend an afternoon.
I love watching live music.
The fact that Brian is my cousin, or my 2nd cousin,
or my 2nd cousin twice removed,
well, that just makes it better.