We just returned from a fun trip to Galena, Illinois. There are many photos and stories to post. Needing to catch up on so many things, I’m not sure when I will possibly get that post put together!
Galena’s biggest claim to fame is President Ulysses S. Grant lived there. There second claim to fame is that they took a dying river town and breathed life back into it, saving the many beautiful historic homes from demolition. It is a gem.
We spent one enjoyable evening, watching a one man show performed by Jim Post. His show is inspired by the little-known fact that Mark Twain sang tenor and played banjo, guitar and piano, and loved to show off at parties. Building on that knowledge, Post, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Twain, developed a one man show of song and monologue that had us tapping our feet, sometimes nodding with an understanding of the story, and other times laughing without reserve. The guy is brilliant!
In the 60’s he wrote the hit song “Reach Out of the Darkness”. He and his wife recorded the song as Friend and Lover. He told us the story of how it was a sleeper type song going nowhere, and then a DJ in San Francisco picked it up during the demonstrations of the 60’s, and it just slowly got picked up by one radio station after another until it became a hit. A bit of what I researched on the internet suggests that some of the song’s original lyrics were LSD induced. That wouldn’t surprise me a bit, since that was the case with much of the music of my generation.
There were only 18 of us at his performance Friday night. Apparently the Galena season is slow in the summer but goes great guns in the Fall. Post visited with us before, during, and after the show. I got a huge hug from him when I guessed this 71 year old to be 62. Jim and I visited with him for a bit during intermission and he told his that his new venture is a show about Sam Houston, with original songs and dialogue. He then proceeded to softly sing us one of the songs he had already written for the show. Beautiful.
Here is a bit of Jim Post:
More on Galena tomorrow!