Waiting for My Man

What's it like to be the girlfriend of a musician? You get to attend his gigs for free — but you pay in other ways.

This is Eileen. She was conceived on top of a piano in Hyannis Port.” That is how my friend and former employer Liz Carpenter — best known as Lady Bird Johnson’s press secretary during the sixties — introduces me to her friends. I appreciate Liz’s wit, but this snappy one-liner conjures up images of my parents that I’d rather not entertain. Anyway, it’s wildly embellished. My parents did meet in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, in 1961. My father was the choral director that summer for the Cape Cod Melody Tent,

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