Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sing the Happy Enchilada Song

(Hana Hou: to do again, repeat; encore.)

We went to see Singer/Songwriter, John Prine, in concert Friday night at Cal Poly's Performing Arts Center.  We had amazing seats on the balcony; the chairs swiveled and rocked and there was no one sitting behind us.  Very fun.  In 2002, we saw John Prine play at the Hawaii Theatre in Downtown Honolulu.

Finally got to wear my Dragon Fruit Citron shawlette (knitted in 2010).

The opening act was Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr. and daughter of Hank Williams, Jr.  Quite an impressive genealogy, maybe that's why she didn't mention her family lineage till the end of her set.  She still sounded good either way.

John Prine started out a little rough.  Literally.  His voice was hoarse and raspy for the first few songs.  He mentioned allergies and the water he sipped didn't seem to help but a swig from a capped bottle brought his true voice back and I pantomimed my relief to The Man by wiping my brow.  Phew.

He sang for the next two hours and told his stories including the one about the woman who wanted him to sing The Happy Enchilada song.  She mistook the lyrics "half an inch of water" for "happy enchilada".  And though his voice was fading, he returned to the stage and sang several more songs for his hana hou.

That's the way that the world goes 'round.
You're up one day and the next you're down.
It's half an inch of water and you think you're gonna drown.
That's the way that the world goes 'round.

John Prine, songwriter