MARIA and I went into a time warp the other night.
Friends had sent us an unexpected present – a DVD of Roy Orbison live. It had been filmed for TV in a Los Angeles nightclub in 1987 before a star-studded audience and – because it was made in black and white – was called Black and White Night.
Oh no, I thought. I used to love Roy Orbison but it’s ages since I played any of his music and a DVD means you can’t put it on in the car – you have to sit down and watch.
And, because it was a gift, it meant we had to do just that so we could say how great it was later. And you know what? It was absolutely great.
This was Orbison, a year before he died, backed by an all-star band that included Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. Country superstars K D Lang, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Waitt were his girl backing singers and he performed all the hits – Only The Lonely, Pretty Woman, Dream Baby and the rest.
You forget just how great Orbison was – the power and range of his voice and the quality of the music he made.
You forget how great the music of yesteryear was, if truth be known.
The only slight disappointment was that he didn’t duet with K D Lang on Crying – he made that record the following year. But it was a knock-out concert that has had me logging onto ebay to buy more Orbison and K D Lang, who is possibly my all-time favourite female singer.