I don ‘t usually do two off-topic posts in two days, but this has been a lazy and wonderful weekend “ so here ‘s my second one.  Today ‘s been just about as close to a perfect Sunday as I ‘ve ever had “ and a great reminder of what a superb city Austin […]
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OT: Perfect Sundays & Reasons Why Austin Is Awesome

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I don ‘t usually do two off-topic posts in two days, but this has been a lazy and wonderful weekend “ so here ‘s my second one.  Today ‘s been just about as close to a perfect Sunday as I ‘ve ever had “ and a great reminder of what a superb city Austin is.

Today I played some tennis with a pal at 9:45am “ as we both wanted to avoid the already full-on Texas summer heat.  So we played in the lovely, ‘mild ‘ 80s temps of the mid-morning.  My daughter acted as our ballgirl, or our girl who once in a while got the ball while scootering round the court and watching birds and passing people.

Straight after tennis my wife and daughter and I went swimming in the community pool.  The water was warm enough to be easy to get into and cool enough to be magnificently refreshing.  It was our first swim of the summer.

After swimming, we went for some lunch at a local Central Market cafe, where we were lucky and caught the very start of some live music in the cafe area.  After a few lively and fun jazz and ‘western swing ‘ songs from a very good treo (piano player, guitarist, and bassist / cellist), they were joined on stage by an ever-young little lady with a big voice.  She belted out some Ella Fitzgerald numbers and finished with a rousing version of ‘Route 66 ‘.

We had good food, at a good price, and listened to fantastic music, that all three of us enjoyed immensely.  When the band leader introduced the lady guest singer he told us she was Donna Hightower, and a little about her background, and the fact she was well-known in Europe.  When we got home we decided to Google her just for laughs.

And now we ‘ve discovered that we had just sat 10 foot away from a fairly well-know jazz singer with quite a history.  Here ‘s a quick bit on her from Answers.com

"Little" Donna Hightower had a dynamic, big voice and made some fine shouting records for Decca and RPM in the ’50s. Unfortunately, she never landed any hits, but that wasn’t due to any lack of skill. She not only had range and power, but was equally compelling doing sentimental, soft ballads. She was backed by the orchestras of Horace Henderson and Maxwell Davis on the Decca and RPM material, respectively.

You can watch and hear her singing ‘Stormy Weather ‘ HERE “ and I recommend it for sure.

She ‘s 83 now from what I can gather on the web “ and her voice is still big, powerful, and just divine. We stopped on the way out to tell her thanks and that she was wonderful.  I think it ‘s lucky we didn ‘t know anything about her at that point “ as I would ‘ve had 101 questions for her if we had.

The rest of our day has been spent doing some grocery shopping and just chilling at home.  Like I said, just about a perfect Sunday in my book “ and one that shows off some of the great things about Austin.  The lovely weather, lots of outdoor activity, great for families, and really top live music all around you.

Hope you all have been having close to perfect weekends too

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