The renowned Palm Springs Follies just ended a 23 year run with a music legend as the headliner.
I have to tell you this story. It’s not just about the iconic venue, The Palm Springs Follies, that had it’s final show last weekend. The inspiration for this tale was the interaction between Darlene Love with my mother and sister.
My mom, Linda, who resides a few minutes from my home in New Jersey is visiting my sis, Jocelyn, who lives in Palm Springs.
It’s was an annual tradition that my mom and sister attended a Follies show.
The Palm Spring Follies was unique. The home of the Follies was the historic Plaza Theatre where lavish Broadway type shows were staged since 1992.
One of my all time favorite performers, Darlene Love, was the headliner for the Follies farewell set of shows.
This year, more than ever, my kin were compelled to catch the Palm Springs Follies last hurrah.
Unless you live under a rock, there’s no need to tell you that Linda and Jocelyn were “over the moon” with delight after Ms. Love’s performance.
Hold on, the story gets better.
After the show Darlene stood outside the theatre to thank the departing audience for attending. How many performers of her stature do that?
My Mom a former big band singer, who is not shy, approached Darlene to say how much she enjoyed the show.
To make a long story a bit shorter, they started talking about the music biz. This true music icon had a genuine interest about my mother’s career. Darlene was not only genuine, but gracious.
Here’s the kicker.
During the conversation my sister had her smart phone in hand. A gentleman approached and offered to take a picture of the trio with my sister’s phone. My sister handed him the phone and he clicked away.
That kind and thoughtful man turned out to be Darlene Love’s husband of 30 years, Alton Allison.
The above photo is courtesy of Mr. Alton Allison.
Put a label on that day for my mother and sister and call it “delight in the desert”.
Please, have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Most of all, don’t forget our veterans.