Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Rainy Home Companion


I grew up listening to Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion every Saturday night. I loved the familiar notes of the opening song,* the goofy commercials for duct tape, rhubarb pie and Powdermilk Biscuits, the guy who makes all the sound effects, and the folksy News From Lake Wobegon. Although the show is taped live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul each week, the majority of the audience is via radio. From time to time they take the show on the road; I've seen it live once at Radio City Music Hall many, many moons ago, and each summer it comes to Tanglewood for one show.

The BF and I were going to drive up to Tanglewood to see tonight's live broadcast, but alas, this is the forecast: thunderstorms, followed by scattered thunderstorms. Not conducive to sitting outside on the lovely Tanglewood lawn or under their metal and wood Music Shed filled with electrical equipment.



Sigh. Oh well, there's always next year...

*Well look who's comin'
Through that door
I think we've met somewhere before
Hello Love
Hello Love
Now where in the world
You've been so long?
I've missed you so since you've been gone
Hello Love...

4 comments:

Penny said...

Well, at least you can still listen to it on the radio tonight!

Hooked on Houses said...

How disappointing you can't go! I have a lot of childhood memories of my parents playing it on the radio. -Julia

Mrs.French said...

We moved to Portland from Saint Paul so Prairie Home Companion holds a special spot in my heart. Can you believe I never went? Terrible! I really hope we both get to go sometime.

only a movie said...

I love Prairie Home Companion too. Have never been. Sorry you missed it this year.