Yeah, so some of the last entry was really on the night of the 27th – and the morning of the 27th – deal with it for the sake of continuity!
I can never tell if the sun is bright or sulking from this side of the house. But the filtered half-light is pretty appropriate as I work on a couple of covers.
Joni Mitchell’s song “River” has been important for so many years, and my voice is finally catching up with my desire to play it. It’s such a beautiful song, and of course, I don’t do it justice – but I’m trying hard.
It’s funny – it’s hard to practice it for long periods of time because my voice gets all nasal because I get all teary-eyed.
I’m also working on Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind”. Why? Coming from someone who absolutely despises the city….. well, it’s just such a great song. What makes it great? Well, it falls into the vast category of Songs I Learned from the Muppet Show. I think Floyd Pepper taught me this tune… the chords from the internet were mere confirmation.
Walked to College Perk from Pho 88 – a couple of miles – felt good to walk that far. Encountered a grizzled and greying homeless (?) guy on the corner of the 495 exit. At first there was a weird sort of confrontation, with him wanting to know “what MY problem was” – and when we finally came to the understanding that I was just waiting for the light to change, he asked me if I had a place to stay the night…
Strange – though nice of him to offer… advice, if nothing else.
Listening to Bush – some number of Stones..
The College Perk is like the Jahva House reborn. I’ve wanted to say that about a lot of places, but this is the first place to genuinely recapture that spirit. I really Love it here.
Adam Day just finished a set. Truly, 18 year-olds shouldn’t BE that talented. You know, just for the sake of the rest of us not feeling bad about ourselves. I’m reminded of a song that Will Schaff wrote about Dan Blakeslee – singing “And you have the voice of an angel” – that’s what Adam has – the voice of an 18 year-old angel.
He really was responsible for the vast majority of the audience, I think – or at least thought. I was very surprised that a good number of new faces were just people we’d seen somewhere who had ALL somehow chosen THIS night to show up. A lot of young women…far too many, far too young.
The owner, Chris, was pretty pleased with hs new-found full house. And again, I was amazed by how great of an audience there was. I wish I knew more names to connect to more faces. Above all – so much fantastic hair.
Oh, and his unique ability to see the world through rose-tinted glasses. Badum ching.
I Love watching him move through an audience, relating and reacting. It’s strange, because I don’t have any sort of impression of his draw for gigs – they’ve always seemed tiny (both his shows and the audience) despite the cool newpaper articles about him, and the fact that he lands gigs at Tin Angel and Iota… But because I tend to see him as a struggling musician, I Love to bring him to my audiences, most of which are huge fans. I Love to set him down in a room full of people who are mouthing his lyrics and singing his songs with him – who are eager to watch and participate, and sort of gift-wrap the room and say “This is for you”. He’s someone I admire so greatly… he deserves masses of audience members and admirers and… well, maybe slaves, I’m not sure what.