Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mr. Keillor, The Writer's Almanac and sing along

- A front row seat courtesy of VIP friend Barbara for Garrison Keillor at Agnes Scott College. He told his stories with his soothing voice. At the book signing after, he was interested in this young man's shirt that referenced body building. The young man's mother walked away wiping her eyes.

- A lovely man - I always look forward to hearing his "The Writer's Almanac" on National Public Radio at 11am with his signature "Be well, do good work and keep in touch." I like to say it along with him.

- The highlight of the evening (for me) - an audience member asks in the Q&A if he will lead us in a "sing along." Singing "Can't Help Falling in Love" along with Garrison Keillor was the highlight of my day and made me feel like a resident of Lake Wobegon just for a moment.

16 comments:

Talon said...

I get the Writer's Almanac emailed daily and I always smile when I read his signature signoff. It's a registered trademark which is so neat.

I've never had the priviledge of hearing him speak! Lucky you!

Great moment captured by the photo, Lynn.

Lynn said...

Fortunately Barb was close to the front of the line for the signing - he spent a few moments with each person, so I'm sure that part of it went very late. I am lucky - I enjoyed it very much and I've been so busy that I didn't know that was coming up. Barb is on the board at the school so had tickets because of that.

LL Cool Joe said...

I like the fact he's wearing a smart jacket, shirt and tie and jeans. :D

I haven't heard of the guy though, sorry, but it's always great to meet someone we admire and enjoy. :)

Lynn said...

Joe -

And he was wearing red sneakers and red socks. :)

He has a radio show called "A Prairie Home Companion" that is broadcast on National Public Radio. It features the citizens of a fictional town "Lake Wobegon." He also writes books and a newsletter. He is a kind and gentle soul - also gently humorous.

Mama Zen said...

I am so jealous! I adore Prairie Home Companion.

Lynn said...

Mama Zen -

I can't believe I got to do that and that I got my head out of the clouds enough to go. :)

Riot Kitty said...

That is so awesome! He is one of my heroes.

Lynn said...

Riot Kitty -

He is my hero, too. It was awesome to see him up close like that. He talked a bit about his recent stroke, but of course made a great story out of what happened.

Kim said...

Wow, that sounds absolutely awesome!! I loved to just drive around listening to his show on the radio years ago. As much as I love the big city, the country has it's own hold on me as well.
What a great memory for you!

Lynn said...

Kim -

Sometimes when his show is on the car radio, I'll sit and listen for a little while longer before getting out of the car.

Yes - city life vs. country life - I am partial to both as well.

Jannie Funster said...

Ahhh, so it was kind of a book "singing" too!

xo

Lynn said...

Jannie -

It was a book singing! I hadn't thought of that! :) xoxo

Cookie said...

Wow! That is always neat to meet someone like that.

Lynn said...

Cookie -

He is one of the good guys.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Sounds like a good time- n a fun writer to see. He must truelly like his fans. I've never heard his show.
I don't get to alot of Author signings- tho the library n Border's near work has them often.

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

It was fun to see him. I am so lucky to have a friend like Barb who invites me - I've been so busy that I didn't know he was in town.