Bridge benefit: Sheryl Crow's 'favorite gig in the world'
The esteem musicians hold for the mission of the Bridge School Benefit coordinators, Neil and Pegi Young, is hard to overstate. And impossible to miss.
Virtually every act so far tonight has expressed some variation of describing it as "an honor and a privilege to be here."
Sheryl Crow just upped the ante at the top of her 30-minute set.
"This is my favorite gig in the world," she said, "after 20 years of touring."
She made a nifty segue early on from her "Drunk With the Thought of You" into the Beatles' "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," acknowledging just how strongly her song was influenced in chord progression, meter and tempo by the Fab Four's classic.
And she made a chilly fall night in Northern California feel like a summer day at the beach with a breezy rendition of "Soak Up the Sun" that got the bundled-up fans on their feet singing along.
No wonder she loves this gig.
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