Last night as I was leaving The Liffey pub, the band was playing “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” I don’t know how many years it has been since I have heard that song, but it instantly transported me back to the US. It reminded me of my friend Ted who loves John Denver, as well as my cousins Kara and Kristy who were born in West Virginia. And finally, it reminded me of my Dad who played John Denver on his turntable. I felt warm and fuzzy and left with a smile on my face.
Then as I walked into the Gamla Stan (Old Town) subway station to come home, a street musician was playing ABBA’s “Thank You for the Music.” Just as quickly, I was back in Stockholm.
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Robert and I were out last night, looking for a pub that was broadcasting the England vs. Australia Ashes cricket match. While Australia sadly lost, we did come across a great new pub on Gamla Stan. Just opened in June, The Liffey (more details here) turned out to be a fun new find. Not only did we have some good pub food (I had an excellent fish and chips, Robert had a hamburger), but we also got to hear some great live music in a large and airy bar. Brian Friels’ Sunday Session was playing and we heard some of the best blues music I’ve heard in a long time. The band leader/singer/ saxophonist would regularly get down off the stage and circle through the crowd, playing his horn and working the crowd with his charm. Somehow, I need he had to be American, even before I heard him speak. He just did the blues and worked the crowd too well to be Swedish. In talking to him on break, I found out that the bluesman was from San Francisco but had lived here for 20 years. I would have to say that both the band and the bar are well worth checking out.
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