I grew up listening to her songs.
Back in the winter of 1984/1985 she decided to break her long leave away from the concert scene and did an European tour. Nervous about the come-back, how she’ll perform, how she’ll be received, she decided to start the tour at an unimportant place, somewhere where she can fix the last glitches, warm up her voice, etc. – she started the tour in Belgrade.
The hall in Sava Centar houses about 4000 people in the audience. It was packed every night. She had to extend the visit.
She was supposed to make us cry. Instead, we made her cry. Every song she sang, she had 4000 voices singing along, in perfect tune, everyone knowing every word of every song. She was astonished. And played many more songs than she planned to, late into the night. It was magic – the best concert I have ever been to.
I saw her again about 10 years later, in Raleigh. We came to listen to her. But the #1 spot on the program was Lyle Lovett (and Bella Fleck and others) who I also like, not Joan. That’s just not right. Joan is the legend. She can never be #2 to anyone.