Golden voice, pure heart
Emily had another great show at the Marketplace, which was housed in the old and beautiful Pulaski Train Depot. Thankfully, the weather held off and we had a hot but beautiful evening for an outdoor show. This time, my wife and the immensely talented guitarist Ron Ireland had big and devoted enough audience to play the entire four hours, an amazing feat considering how hot it was.
The two of them did a great job as usual and I heard many wonderful compliments about what a sweet and beautiful voice my wife had and how well their two voices blended together. Their was only one new song tried out for this gig, but it was another home run. Emily’s version of “Love Me Tender,” originally done by the only and only King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, was a perfect solo ballad for my wife. As usual, it melted my heart. Ron has that knack for picking songs for her to sing that make me so sad. He does that, though, in hopes that the rest of the audience will be touched in the same way. With Emily’s pure heart and equally pure singing voice, this seems to be an obvious tactic.
“This was our first rehearsal of that song,” Ron quipped with the audience.
The song had never been rehearsed or even discussed once. It was completely new to the both of them. Had he never admitted it to the audience, no one would have been the wiser. It came off without a hitch.
Her cover of “Me and Bobby McGee” was requested to be sang a second time by a member of the audience. Another listener also requested James Taylor. Ron obliged with a solo of “Sweet Baby James.” He also did a few great covers of Bob Dylan songs on both the guitar and harmonica. What an amazing talent!
It was Emily’s cover of the Bob Dylan work “To Make You Feel My Love” that did its usual job of sending copious amounts of tears running down my cheeks. I was so proud of myself for getting through “Let It Be Me” without a whimper, but that song took me back to square one.
Ron’s voice reflects his personality. He is gentle, warm and timeworn. Emily’s perfectly pitched voice equally mirrors the type of person she is. Her soul is full of purity, sweetness and vulnerability. This makes for a great duo with a collaboratively golden musical sound. I hope their joint effort lasts for a very long time. Both are very unique souls with an exclusive artistic gift. I am glad their paths have crossed.
I am also very happy to say that, thanks to advanced user-friendly technology as well as the generosity of both Ron and his sweetheart Mary Sue, Emily will have a CD and DVD coming out soon of her two showcases at the Bolling Wilson Hotel in Wytheville, complete with Ron’s impeccable accompaniment of course. I will keep you posted on this very exciting project!