This afternoon we went to see Earl Thomas at the Rep. Watching performers at the Rep is always a great experience because it’s such an intimate setting, but Earl managed to make it even more intimate. At one point he just dropped the mike and sang unamplified, wandering up and down the isles. It made the connection to the audience that much more real. He also had one song where he started whistling, and then a flute answered back. At first I thought that it must be on tape because he only had a guitarist for accompianment. But then the flute got closer and I realized that the flute player was walking down the isle. We picked up a couple of his other CDs after the concert and he is amazing whether he’s playing unplugged, or with a full rockin’ band.