Allan, Alison and I arrived for the final two sets of the festival -- and my friend Julia joined us, too. I'd like to say that we were paying close attention to Chuck E. Costa's set, but we simply weren't. We were sitting in the shade, a little ways back from the stage, and enjoying the folk festival atmosphere.
When Anthony da Costa took the stage, however, we moved in for a better view and a better listen.
Anthony opened with Dan Bern's terrific song "Jerusalem" with its stabbing opening and closing stanza:
When I tell you that I love you,Then he went into his own "Devil's Won Again" and "Okemah Sunrise" before offering up a new love song with the repeated lyric 'I'll be your river valley / If you'll be my mountain range.' "Upstate Living" followed next, much to Allan's delight.
Don't test my love,
Accept my love.
Don't test my love
'Cause maybe I don't love you all that much.
Collaborator Abbie Gardner joined him for a cover song and then "Note" from their Bad Nights/Better Days disc.
Then Anthony played a song about turning 16 that he hopes to get into the soundtrack for the television show My Super Sweet 16. At the time, we were convinced that we would be singing the chorus for a few days. At the moment, I'm afraid I don't remember it.
As an unusual closer -- the Postcrypt staff were folding up tables around the plaza -- Emilyn Brodsky joined Anthony on stage for a duet version of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel."