Meeting Joe was amazing! Very real, and fully focused on each person. Horses communicate thru body language and you can tell with Joe he is really glad to me YOU.
Joe and his music took my life by storm and the Beacon show was only my second concert, just a little over a year since I found him.
I wanted to represent myself authentically on this NYC trip, a return to my roots after having moved to Lake Tahoe in 1978 and fulfilling a life long dream to become a cowgirl.
I wore the Nevada styled black hat given to me by my boss Johnny McEwen after I had earned his respect working the horses, when all the other cowboys wanted me gone.
My 4-H T-shirt to represent the club I have founded and kept going for 25 years to give the local kids a chance with horses and saving the last horse property in our area in the process.
The boots were a gift from an important donor who saved the club and supported us thru real challenging property changes that would have shut down the 4-H club. They also gave me my horse Sassy, at a time when I hadn't been able to ride for medical reasons for over 15 years.
Those gifts gave me the heart to keep trying until finally finding the answers to return to riding. Sassy and I rode the hills behind the winter boarding ranch this past early spring, 40 miles in 4 rides in 6 days.
The belt buckle was a gift from a friend whose family homesteaded a ranch in the ElDorado Hill country in the foothills of the Sierras.
It took a bit of trouble to squish into the black dress jeans, since I left no cannoli unexplored during the trip, but what's an Italian girl to do when I hadn't been home in so long!
I needed something special for to represent Street Teaming and what Joe's music meant to me, so while my daughter was at work, I made a Rodeo styled crown for the hat, with arrayed guitars (stickers) over an outline Lake Tahoe. Outlined with stick on jewels, accented with music notes and said in gold "Joe Bonamassa Street Team Tahoe Blues Northside Chapter"
When my daughter and I stepped up to Joe you could see surprise register on his face, he stood up a little straighter, a half step back to see the total outfit, leaned in to look closer at my hat, and said "I LOVE that Hat ! That is the BEST Hat I have ever seen!" Looked in close again , then turned to someone over his shoulder and said "Get her a hat" and again to to me "THat is a GREAT Hat"
We talked a bit about the boats and my gifts , I thanked him for his music, he signed a program from the Concours d' Elegance boat show with the "Thunderbird" on the cover ( I gave him a duplicate along with a block of Stamps from the year "Thunderbird" was one of the boats on USPS stamps that year) representing some of my best work and an original technique I had developed for putting images in leather, just for that boat.
No one was on hand at that point to ask for the hat, so we went to meet some folks from the Forum at Blondies, then I came back Street Teamed for the Iridium show, saw the concert. As we are leaving with 4 people deep at the merchandise booth I waited to the side to ask about my hat. My daughter was rolling her eyes saying "MOM you aren't going to get the hat now, they won't remember"
As the crowd thinned out, the gentleman in the booth looked up, saw me nodded and reached back for my hat that was waiting there. Right away everyone still at the booth started to ask for one, and he said "sorry, they are not available.
You could tell, as I have from reading and meeting people in the Forum, that Joe's heart flows to his music, thru his fans, thru his whole organization, without missing a beat.
Welcome again Eric, to a wonderful place!
The gifts I brought related to my upholstery experiences working on world class antique boats.