Dreamy Summer Concert

The Ancient Wall

Lucca is an unforgettable Tuscan town. As if time has stood still, the ancient brick walls enclose the city, keeping their promise to protect it. Now rather than being closed off with enormous wood and iron doors, the wall is punctuated with open arches through which people flow freely to enjoy the unique beauty inside the wall. Whether going for lunch, an afternoon stroll, window shopping, or antiquing, Lucca offers a soulful brush with history and a good time for all.

The Promenade

Outside the wall an incredible sweeping lawn is flanked by shadowy trees that march two by two completely around the perimeter of  the city. High atop the wall  you can find people walking, running, riding bicycles on the tree-lined promenade that encircles the town.  Others are just relaxing in the grass or on a park bench. Seen from particular points along the promenade is Piazza Napoleone, where delightful summer concerts are held. Music in the piazza is what lured us to Lucca on a sunny day in the middle of July.

An Incredible Venue

Arriving early enough to check out the set up, we found another couple doing the same thing, so we struck up a conversation. They were on vacation from the Netherlands with a couple of days scheduled in Lucca. They told us they had planned their entire vacation around that evening’s concert—a performance by the legendary Crosby, Stills and Nash. Very excited and animated, the man told us that he and his wife had waited 40 years to see CSN in concert. We imagined them as a young couple, in their early 20’s when the new band first came onto the music scene with their history-making harmonies. When we asked why they waited so long the answer surprised us. He said that he supposed the Netherlands is just too small to attract such big names. They were thrilled at the opportunity to see and hear CSN after such a long wait. Then as they waved goodbye to us he said, “They’d better be good!” We shared a laugh at his whimsical comment and went our separate ways.

We continued walking around the city, talking about how interesting it is that the Dutch couple was able to hold onto such a “dream” for so long and that after 40 years their enthusiasm was as strong as ever. People are so interesting to observe in the context of their dreams.

Crosby Stills and Nash

As we rounded the corner from the box office we noted that some vendors had set up T-shirt sales stands. We stepped closer to read one shirt in particular that listed the entire 2010 concert tour. We both started laughing out loud at exactly the same time. At the top of the list we read “Crosby, Stills & Nash Concert~Bospop Festival, Weert, Netherlands.” The trio had performed only a week earlier in the couple’s home country.

They had been so busy planning, they didn’t even notice the band’s scheduled performance in their own back yard. Even though they thought their country seemed too small, they continued to dream big and eventually made their dream come true.

You may also enjoy visiting our other websites:

The Journey – The Ride of a Lifetime

Uncommon Promise Video Channel

Uncommon Promise Story, Music and Art

The UP Side Lowdown by Cheryl

New Music – Virtual CD

In Touch In Tuscany


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About cheryl & emerson

The Ride of a Lifetime! After sixteen years of trying to live in Italy as "true Italians," we set out to write a book about our experiences. As it turns out, we ended up doing a lot more than just writing a book because we decided that to capture the essence, we really needed music, poetry, drawings, videos and more. So, that's exactly what we did. You can find our complete body of work at www.uncommonpromise.wordpress.com. We hope you can visit us from time to time—let us know what your personal adventure looks like. Perhaps we can all glean some inspiration to go out and write a new chapter in our own stories! Wishing you the best, Cheryl and Emerson
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