Welcome, and let me introduce you to a friend of mine.

July 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm 19 comments

So I had a few new visitors to the old bloggy-blog yesterday. Welcome. Thanks for visiting.

Not every post is about the loss of our daughter. I do a little of everything, and I sometimes share things from day-to-day life.

And today is one of those days, because I had one of the best nights of my life last night, and I just have to share.

Abraham and I were offered 2 tickets to see one of our favorite musicians in concert last night. None other than the amazing Lyle Lovett!!!

Most of you probably know him as the funny-looking guy who used to be married to Julia Roberts. If that’s true, I feel sorry for you and I want that to change. 🙂

One of the things I love about Lyle (I like to refer to him on a first-name basis, just to pretend that he and I are friends) is that his style is so diverse—gospel, country, folk, blues. So if you like any of those genres of music, chances are you’ll like something of his.

He often tours with his “Large Band,” meaning that there was anywhere from 4 to 13 people on the stage last night during any given song. It was pure musical excellence.

I have to admit that I’m primarily a sucker for his croony, buttery ballads. And I love story songs, so I’m usually drawn into his music for that reason as well.

Last night, my favorite song they played was called “I Will Rise Up/Ain’t No More Cane,” which is a medley of Lyle’s original lyrics and melody and a South Texas folk song from the early 1900s, “Ain’t No More Cane on the Brazos,” a chain-gang song.

I found this video of Lyle and his Large Band performing it on Leno, so here it is. Enjoy!

And if you’re new to this blog, I’d love for you to subscribe. And I always welcome comments from new readers. Thanks for visiting.


Entry filed under: Fun, Life, Music.

We used to be happy people… I even have proof. Birthday season coming up…

19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michael  |  July 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Get out of town! That’s hands down my favorite tune by Lyle. And actually a friend of a friend is one of the background singers in his “Large band”.

    We should definitely raise some “Lovett Awareness” among the general population. Thanks for sharing Molly!!

    • 2. Abraham Piper  |  July 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm

      No WAY!! I kept telling Abraham that I wanted to be one of his backup singers so bad! 🙂

      • 3. Molly Piper  |  July 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm

        Okay so that last comment was actually me (if you couldn’t tell). That’s probably why Abraham gets all territorial about people using his computer (protecting his online identity).

  • 4. ToilingAnt  |  July 24, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Love Lyle– and I grew up a mere mile from the Brazos River, and not far from a town formerly known as Cane Island (because of the nearby fields of sugar cane). Thanks for the reminder of my roots. 🙂

  • 5. Cara  |  July 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Oh you lucky girl. I saw Lyle under a full moon in San Diego and there was 18 people on stage! It was amazing. I think I have every one of his albums, and all of them are great. Slap my baby on the…make it happy!

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  • 7. Kirsten  |  July 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Well I’m afraid I WAS one of those people who only knew Lyle as husband of Julia… thanks for introducing me, I just watched that clip, was very cool, I bet he was awesome in concert.

  • 8. Sarah Cosper  |  July 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I found your blog after your father in law linked it yesterday (I follow him on Twitter).

    I skimmed and read a lot. I look forward to your new writing in my feed.

    God Bless!

  • 9. Rachel W  |  July 24, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Molly,
    I also found your blog through Pastor John’s link through Twitter yesterday. I read through quite a bit of your archives and was really touched. I am so sorry for your loss of Felicity. What a beautiful little girl. I appreciated your candor, especially in your writing about how to help others deal with grief. I have a close friend right now who has been struggling with infertility, and your words gave me some ideas for how to minister to her. I also appreciated how you are seeking to allow the Lord to make beauty from the ashes of your loss, and bring joy from the pain. He is able! May He continue to restore, comfort, and sustain you.

    Blessings to you and your sweet family today. Glad you got to enjoy a fun concert last night!

    Rachel Wind

  • 10. Lindsey  |  July 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Okay, I’ve never listened to Lyle Lovett, and that was a really cool song. Thanks.

  • 11. Laura @ Texas in Africa  |  July 25, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Oh, I LOVE Lyle! I went to college on the banks of the Brazos and always listen to his music when heading back to West Texas. He just has a way of summing up the Texas that no longer exists, the one my parents and grandparents grew up in. Thanks for this!

  • 12. Brian  |  July 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I LOVE Lyle Lovett as well, pretty much for the same reasons you’ve mentioned. I’ve not had the chance to see him in concert, but would love to do so if given the chance. I’m sure you two had a great time.

  • 13. Crystal Malek  |  July 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Great video! I’m in South Texas, and we love Lyle down here. Got to see him once, and he’s great in person. Thanks for sharing!!

  • 14. Sarah  |  July 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    My fiance LOVES Lyle Lovett!!! We’re from Austin, Texas so I think this is the part where I’m supposed to say, “that’s right, you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway.” My fiance has made me love Lyle and I think we’re going to dance our first dance at our wedding reception to one of his songs…do you have any suggestions?! Email me! p.s. I love your blog and it is such a blessing and encouragement! I read 22 words, the Desiring God blog, Let the Nations be Glad…I just love the whole Piper family! I somehow missed out my entire church-raised life that your father-in-law existed (I think I didn’t pay much attention in bookstores) and the church I go to now is full of partners and elders who love learning from pastors all over the country so my blogs, books, and podcasts selections are muuuuuuch wider now. Take care and God bless y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 15. 6YearMed  |  July 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I found your blog while looking up the meaning of Sandra McCracken’s song, The Tie That Binds. What you mentioned about grief songs..and having proof that you used to be happy people…my goodness, Molly, you speak all the words we are wanting to say. I cannot WAIT to delve deeper here.

  • 16. Stephen  |  August 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Lyle Lovett is a pretty fine actor too. In the early 90s he turned in some fine work for Altman (Short Cuts and The Player).

  • 17. Alice H  |  August 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I love Lyle too! Although I don’t admit it much, because he can be kind of country. Had I known he was in town I may have tried to join the three of you last night. Glad it was fun!

  • 18. Cara  |  August 19, 2009 at 9:06 am

    First, cool: I see another reader shares my name (Cara)! I’m from Oklahoma.

    My fav Lyle song is “If I Had a Boat”! And now I’m just going to have to listen to it!!

    My blog is http://www.cyakel.blogspot.com just in case you have any time to check it out. I’ve only been reading your blog for a few days, but it really has touched me. Yesterday I sat and cried the whole way through reading about little Felicity.

    I told my husband last night that I experience dry seasons as a stay at home mom, and I need to be encouraged by others like you who also run on the Holy Spirit. Thanks for your honesty and transparency.

  • 19. Kate  |  August 30, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Cara, I love that song, too! My favorite song of Lyle’s is “That’s right, you’re not from Texas (but Texas wants you anyway)”. I’m not from Texas & it always makes me laugh!


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