Last night being my birthday and Leo Kottke in town, my wife got tickets to the sold-out show. I've been a fan for a long time and have seen him live a few times in the distant past. I had him sign a guitar back in '93. That was the club date where I sat at his toes and got to see exactly how he does what he does- since then I've been happy to just listen and appreciate, and not try to reinvent my right hand.
He may not have been at the peak of his powers last night, but it's still a thing of wonder to watch him do what he does; NOBODY has that exact sound which involves incredible power and restraint. After one of his convoluted stories he opened with "William Powell", muffing a few passages, after which he went back and replayed the offending parts. More convoluted stories about his time in a submarine. With Kottke, the stories (and the way he tells them) are as much a part of the experience as the music. free funny ringtones
He also played "Wonderland By Night", which I think is one of his most beautiful arrangements.
It's great to be able to watch a master at his craft 15 minutes from home.