The show in Newcastle, California on Feb. 4 was wonderful! It all came together really well for such short notice. We had a full house of people, most of whom had not heard of Kyle before. Of course, they're all fans now! They snapped up his CDs right and left and were enthusiastic in their amazement and praise of his talents. As Lynette mentioned, there were also plenty of animals on hand, including the dog that Kyle sang to during Karaoke Kyle, a cat he held while signing CDs, and a baby bunny that cuddled up with him. None of the 20-plus horses on the property made an appearance indoors, though. This venue is really spectacular, and it's a shame that at this time of year, with sunset still so early, most people arrived after dark and couldn't get a full sense of the beauty of the property. However, the house's interior is lovely and spacious, and the curved wall of windows behind Kyle as he performed looked pretty grand!
The set list is as follows, to the best of my ability (I was fairly addled from managing and organizing things so I could easily have missed writing down a song or two)
It's Gonna Be a Great Day
Change the World
Tomorrow We'll Try Again
I Should Understand
The Last Hawk
Don't You Know
Ballad of Dana & Mary
In Another Life
One Last Ride on the Merry-Go-Round
Magically / Let Me Let Go
Wake Me Up...
Sierra (a fitting close to a show in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas)
Those were almost precisely the songs I had requested, so thank you to Kyle for coming through with them, and for an overall splendid performance. Thank you to Sophie and Brad for allowing me to host this show in their gorgeous home, and thanks to all the new fans who attended, not knowing what they were in for, but who left, I hope, all the richer in their souls for it.