Nov 19, 2009
This show has been in the planning stages for months, and was
one that I had really been looking forward to, knowing all along
that it was going to be a good one. I meet a lot of artists doing
these shows, and in general, most of them are quite nice, very
supportive, and easy to work with. (Yes, there have been
"exceptions.") Very few, however, are as genuinely amicable as
Bobby Clark. From the first few minutes you talk to him, you feel
like this is a guy you've known for years, and he reciprocates by
treating you like one of his oldest and dearest friends. He talks
about his life in the laid-back manner of a master storyteller with
a big smile and a twinkle in his eye -- well, except when he's
wearing his trademark sunglasses -- and seems to treasure every
moment of of a lifetime spent entertaining people with music.
Ah, yes, the music. The most distinguishing thing I found about Bobby is that, unlike many of his more-contemporary peers, he simply loves playing for an audience. He admits to enjoying cover shows as much as original music shows, and is for the most part unconcerned with whether he's playing to six people or six thousand people, as long as they're having a good time. My favorite line of the interview, and I think the most-telling when coming from a three-decades-plus veteran of the music scene: "The only thing I truly understand about this whole thing ... is that I hear songs in my head, and I want other people to hear them."
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