The Gentle Giant

If anyone ever needed proof that music is an international language, then they need to look no further than artist Don Williams. We were fortunate to be in attendance at his sold out concert on Saturday evening at the Dacotah Exposition Center in Morton, Minnesota.  Don has a smooth and perfect bass-baritone voice like no other. The richness in his vocal ballads is still outstanding even after years and years of entertaining audiences around the world!

Don selected his songs with all the skills of a class winemaker picking grapes – only the best will do, and the vintage result was the best blend of emotions ones heart could ask for with songs like, ” I Believe In You,” “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me,”  “Tulsa Time,” “I Believe in Love,” “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Amanda,”  “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good,”  “If I Needed You,” … etc.  making it easy to know why Mr. Williams was the 2010 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is a true legendary singer and songwriter who has become known as the Gentle Giant.

During the ’70s, Don Williams became one of the most successful country artists in the world. Don Williams was the first country music artist to make a concept music video. He also co-starred with Burt Reynolds in two films.  His country-pop not only crossed over into the American pop mainstream, it also gained him a large following in England and Europe.  Don has been touring around the Midwest states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa this April and in May he heads to the UK and Ireland.

Don sang for a steady 90 minutes – singing one number one hit after the other.  As he moved to his most memorable songs, the audience joined the show. One of the best moments for us to witness was when Don stopped singing to hear everyone in the audience continue to sing his song, “You’re My Best Friend.”  With the spot lights streaming out into the arena, voices blending and viewing Don on stage beaming as he listened made for a moment  we will never forget!

When I need hope and inspiration
You’re always strong when I’m tired and weak
I could search this whole world over
You’d still be everything that I need

You’re my bread when I’m hungry
You’re my shelter from troubled winds
You’re my anchor in life’s ocean
But most of all, you’re my best friend

Thank you, Mr. Williams. It was a surreal, relaxing evening of pure delightful entertainment.  A true honor for us to be in the audience enjoying your music and singing with you!


Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions

Rosie

 

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