If anyone has a question about the last official event of the Memphis In May Festival, it's The Sunset Symphony, held this weekend, May 25th, at Tom Lee Park. IMO it's coming closer to it's original roots, back to the relationship between those who were raised in the Mississippi River's region and the Father Of Water himself. MIM has dropped the quest for some headlining band which will please all tastes in the audience and pretends to represent the overall heritage of the people attending, ie: the obligatory appearance of the Barkays or someone like that, and will rely more upon the Symphony and talented young Stax Academy musicians to set the tone of spiritual oneness with the River. The original succesful event featured the renown Baritone, James Hyter, whose appearance on stage just as the sun was setting behind the stage elicited an uproar from the huge crowd who hung on every word as he asked: "Are You Ready for the Song?", and as the sunset exploded and the symphony struck the chords, Hyter's deep tones instructed: "You sing the high notes, and I'll sing the low notes!" It's true that not everyones' ancestors had a wonderful free experience with that river, but when we all sang "Ol' Man River" most Black and White and many in between linked arms and swayed back and forth as six encores were demanded, and most seemed to understand that the paths which were taken to get to that night were closer together than they've been and that closeness was felt in the spirit as brass cannons fired and fireworks scattered across the water. It remained for a time while everone gathered up their blankets and stuff and headed home. Maybe we can get there again this year; maybe another James Hyter will appear to orchestrate the celebration!