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by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Jesse Colin Young
Mercy and Cuteness were amazed by Jesse Colin Young's show at the Triple Door. After 40 years in show business, Young is a self-assured and generous musician. He is backed up by a hot bassist, Mike Frost. Michael West's drums drove the night nicely. Dexter Juba's guitar was delicious. Mercy whispered to Cuteness that Young's wife, Connie, sure knew how to play the violin. Cuteness whispered back, "That instrument is known as a fiddle, Mercy." Mercy notes that Young's website identifies her as a violinist. So, Mercy might have been right in the first place.

The set opened with "Songbird," a nice sweet place to start. Young continued with "Four in the Morning," a fine blues song he wrote about life on the Lower East Side in New York. The next song, "Miss Hesitation," rocked out. The singer continued with a beautiful song about life in his and his wife's current home in Carolina. Their house in California burned down, causing them to move to Hawaii. He says the most recent move was in response to too many volcanoes there. The set continued with a song about driving a motorcycle on roads in Marin County filled with S-curves. "Ride the Wind" took us along on that ride. Mercy's favorite song was "Sweet Good Times," about how good times come out of hard times.

Young went on with a song he had written after a visit to the Lakota reservation. His most recent song, "Bring Them Home," about Iraq veterans whose post-traumatic stress disorder is not being responded to, moved Mercy and Cuteness. Mercy had some trouble with her candle going out, so she couldn't write notes at one point in the concert, even though she asked the wait staff for help. Fortunately, neighbors loaned her their light. The concert continued with the band singing John Lennon's "Imagine" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," intercut with each other. Young pointed out that the songs were written within six months of each other in 1970, their writers clearly picking up each other's concern.

Young went on to say his 10 years in Hawaii caused him to be addicted to playing ukulele and wearing "shirts like this." He played a rendition of "Over the Rainbow" inspired by the skillful musicianship of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, as well as a satirical song, "Hawaii 78," written by Kamakawiwo'ole. While still playing the uke, Young went on to play a Cajun waltz and a rocking "In the Bayou." "Act Natural," provided good advice. When the band left the stage, the audience applauded for a long time, pounding tables until they came back to sing, "Get Together," and "Darkness, Darkness," which the audience had been waiting for all evening.

Coffee Klatsch
Mercy and Cuteness went to the Women of West Seattle Coffee Klatsch, at C&P coffee. That group meets on the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. Mercy enjoyed chatting with a woman she figured out she had met, years earlier, in a whole other setting. The group has been meeting for awhile and developing some history.

The Women of West Seattle listserv includes women from all over the area. So, it shouldn't sound too much of a contradiction in terms, when Mercy tells you they are starting an East Side Coffee Klatsch. They meet on the third Saturday of each month from 9-11 a.m.

Their next meeting will be on July 18 at Grimaldi's Coffee House which sits in the back of Gilman Village (www.grimaldiscoffee.com/gilman.html).

Laughing Ladies Music Festival
Mercy is very excited that the Laughing Ladies Café is planning their first annual weeklong music festival. The Sunday, July 18 concert is at 3:00, the others are at 7:30. The price is either $10 per event or $15 for a pass for the week. Mercy wants you to notice the weeklong pass is quite a deal.

Performers include: July 12 - A.J. Shanti; July 13 - Amber Darland; July 14 - Bluehouse; July 15th - Lisa Mills; July 16 - Camille Bloom; July 17 - Alicia Healy Trio; July 18 - The Side Project with more performers to be announced. Their website is at laughingladiescafe.com/default.aspx, address: 17551 15th Ave., NE Seattle, WA 98155 phone 206-362-2026

Cruises
Mercy did ask her contact at Sweet Cruises whether there would be an AA meeting on board their ships, and was assured that there would be. Also, Mercy had mentioned the issue her friend Divinity Holecraft had raised about finding the Olivia cruise she went on being too focused on drinking to another friend, Marvel Worldcourt, who had been on many of them. Marvel said she had found there to be lots of people on them who, like her, didn't drink. She said the trick was finding the nondrinkers and hanging out with them.

Coming Up
Mercy still wants you to come check out the Seattle Chamber Music Festival at Lakeside school all the Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in July (www.seattlechambermusic.org). Remember that you can sit on the lawn at Lakeside School and hear the music for free in a pretty setting while having a picnic. Also, the recitals that precede each concert at 7:00 are free, so you can even go inside for them. These are pieces of music selected by the performers, so they are ones they resonate with, and they explain why. You can't beat that for an entertainment bargain.

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