Saturday's "Band of the Sixties" at the St. Francis Public Library went exceptionally well, with about 20 very attentive and engaged attendees, who asked about 20 minutes of great questions afterwards. One man (jokingly) asked if I took Preludin before the program (meaning I was apparently very energetic in my delivery). While I can't say I've ever taken Preludin (or anything comparable, for that matter), I'm actually quite pleased with that comment because it's very easy to lose energy when I give the same program over and over again. This was my 27th time presenting "Band of the Sixties", and at times in the past, I've felt like a robot because I use the same slideshow, and say the basically the same thing each time I give "Band of the Sixties". When that happens, the energy of the program is severely curtailed. Having someone ask if I took Preludin before Saturday's program, then, implies that despite the repetitions I've not lost any energy.
In contrast with "Band of the Sixties", today will see the premier of "The Music of Star Wars: A Look at John Williams' Orchestral Scores" at the Racine Public Library (75 7th st, Racine, WI). Where my Beatles programs draw primarily those who lived through the Beatles years, I suspect my Star Wars program will draw all ages. We'll find out this evening.
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