Looking Back: One hour on a Thursday afternoon with Chris Yates and Nick Baker

Chris Yates and Nick Baker

This time I am not looking very far back, only as far as a fabulous one hour on a rainy Thursday afternoon, March 8. For that hour, I witnessed absolutely the best musical performance I have ever seen. I have been around over 91 years, and the music I heard this day made me yearn to be able to go back and live my younger years over again — just to be on a date, out on the town, with my special man, dancing the night away.

I live at Lynnwood’s Alderwood Court, a large SHAG apartment complex for seniors. Living here, we are privileged to receive some special perks, and one of them is that we are given the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment a couple of times each month — right here in our own home place — provided just for us.

No doubt we have some great entertainers living right in our own neighborhood, but this Thursday we had the chance to enjoy two of our favorites. On a very dark afternoon, we were treated to a performance by the Dynamite Limbo, acoustic performers Chris Yates and Nick Baker. When they perform as singles they are sensational — out of this world; together, they are truly Dynamite.

On this day, Chris and Nick seemed to be in a 1960s mood a good share of the time. We listened to their renditions of the music of Roger Miller, Glen Campbell, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and so many others I can’t even recall all of them. Together they went from one tune to another with hardly a pause. The music just flowed out of the guitar of Chris Yates and the keyboard of Nick Baker. They sang softy at times, but mostly they enthusiastically belted out the words; their voices blending in perfect harmony.

When I went upstairs to my own space, I felt compelled to sit down at my own keyboard — naturally a computer one. I just had to say thank you to these two special young men for the entertainment they brought to a few older ladies who still remember what it was like to be young, and to wish, just for a moment, that we could live it all again. I am sorry, I just remembered, there was one lone man in the audience with us ladies. I am sure he had memories too.

Thank you, Chris Yates and Nick Baker — we are glad to know you will be back with us again, and we hope for many more times.

— By Betty Lou Gaeng

Editor’s note: Dynamite Limbo’s Nick Baker lives in Edmonds


  1. Betty, I am so glad you enjoy Dynamite Limbo! I’ve had the pleasure of listening to these amazing guys for over ten years, and they just get better every time I hear them. Both are truly talented entertainers, and like you say -together they are dynamite!
    I have to fess up to slight prejudice- I am Nick Baker’s Mom…


  2. Kathy — how proud you must be to have such a son–one who is not only gifted with talent, but is also so very nice. We at Alderwood Court always look forward to listening to him and Chris Yates when they come to our place.




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