A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
The library is a place for learning. Everyone who came to Jim Green’s concert at the Thomas Ford Library in May learned the sound of percussive acoustic guitar, a method perfected by the Chicago area musician. With his fingers positioned above the strings, Jim can sound like a guitarist and a drummer, and when he adds his harmonica, he is a band. Several of his compositions played Friday night evoked the sounds of trains, especially his instrumental “Hotshot” and his vocal piece “Boxcar Man.” In the later we also learned classic hobo vocabulary.
As appropriate as it is, learning was not really the objective that Friday night. The pleasure of being entertained by a talented musician with a sneaky sense of humor is what I take away. We all laughed at his story of being a street musician getting advice from a preschool boy, a story I do not want to spoil in case you attend one of his concerts. In the meantime, you can borrow his CD When the Moon Was Full of Mystery from Thomas Ford. The CD was recorded when he performed as The Wandering Endorphin.
Our Friday at the Ford concerts will start again in the fall with singer/songwriter Mark Dvorak on Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of the Western Spring Library Friends, the concert is free and requires no registration. Come and bring friends. – Review by Rick