Goat Rodeo in Boston

I saw Yoyo Ma’s live broadcast of the Goat Rodeo sessions last night in a local theater. As a string band musician of very modest talent but a huge appreciation for the genuine article, it was a joyous thrill ride through American roots music elevated to high art by great masters, easily on par with Aaron Copeland and others who have mined this rich vein. For an encore they played Bach, including a bowed bass playing an equally challenging melodic line as any other. Incredible. A goat rodeo is a term used by pilots referring a situation where a hundred things have to go right in order to be able to walk away from it. Considering that this felt like a four part, lyrical, aerial ballet by close order jet fighter planes, the title seems appropriate.

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