Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
America playing shows. I could say in going to cycle to every state
but I'm tired of goals and targets. I still plan to do every country
in Europe this year but only because having a story makes booking
easier. But next year I plan to be much more relaxed about it, and I
can be without any travel costs.
I'll tell people I'm doing it my bicycle to be 'carbon neutral', which
us very popular nowadays (one guy got a write-up in Time magazine and
lots of people out at his shows when he toured by canoe). But really
I'm doing it because I want to be out on my bike. Stuck on the
interstate for hours on end, not seeing any of the countryside, and
getting stiffer and stiffer is no fun.
I was thinking about a trailer for the guitar but that will really
slow me down, so instead I'll get a ukelele because it's much smaller
and why not make it easy for myself for once.
Monday, 29 March 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
three day gap is an embarasment, but when you're actually on tour it's
a godsend. I was really getting bored of playing the same old songs.
I've got to memorise a few more in these days.
I'm staying with Matt and Hollis, old friends that I've only met once
before. I'll stay here for as long as they'll have me. I'm sleeping in
the gym so I should be fitter by osmosis by the end of my stay.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
A great show in a real listening room. Packed out thanks to Caroline the main act. 300+ capacity crowd.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
half of Americans seem to be against it. In the quiz last night there
was a team called "Obama care has f***ed more people than Tiger
Woods". It really makes you wonder what you can ever do to change ill-
informed rednecks like that. It leaves you speechless.
There isn't even a public option in the bill -it's still all private
insurance companies, but now they have to allow everyone and can't say
no to people with pre-existing medical conditions like my friend Kevin.
agreeing with everything the officer said automatically as is best. He
saw my foreign licence and said .."and you wouldn't pay the ticket if
I gave you one would you." - "no officer". So he let me off.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
play ADD. A very early start but it has a lot of listeners, getting
syndicated out toair force bases, such as Mildenhall near where I grew
up in England.
They get up to some high jinx. This guy had to talk through a tube
because he was late, or accept the forefit of being pepper-sprayed
(one of the group is a policeman). He chose to get sprayed.
Monday, 22 March 2010
show to eat and I still feel in motion. Everyone's so friendly here.
Bill Clinton's hometown. Maxines us a funky red velvet venue. Monday
so it's quiet but will be a nice show I think.
Friday, 19 March 2010
and back in the evening for meditation, a potluck dinner and indian
music to celebrate the opening if a new yoga studio. Austin has lots
of old hippies and they've all come out for this event. It's a good
place to relax.
A few hours at SXSW were enough for me. It's definitely quantity over
quality. There are good acts playing (Ray Davies was on last night)
but you have to have a festival pass AND be prepared to queue early.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
evening. I've been having some problems, not helped by all the
travelling, and he really helped me out. If you're having any health
problems, I recommend it more than anything else. It is a science of
how to live. But it's quite confusing from books, to find what dosha
you are and what's best, which is why seeing Craig was revelatory.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
playing, just observing. I could have paid $500 and attended all the
seminars and events. The old Jack would have burnt himself out trying
to see everything, but I'm not a searcher anymore. There are plenty of
free events I've heard, with everyone offering free food and drink
just to get an audience. I've made no plans, I'm just going to wander
round and see what I see.
I need a rest after these four days. It's quite tiring in the studio.
Not that I did much but sit around after the first day, but it
requires attention and they're 12 hour days. The drama is another
factor from all the characters involved. Yesterday afternoon for
example, Kevin was threatened by the owner of the last studio who says
he owes him money, then he fell off his chair cutting his leg open,
and one of his other clients, a 19 year old lad had come off his
medication and called up to discuss suicide. In the evening an old
country star came in to record for a couple of hours, smelling like he
hadn't washed in a month. A pretty quiet day.
But from chaos often comes greatness and I'm delighted with what we
Monday, 15 March 2010
Sunday, 14 March 2010
The song is my My Way, and we are using it as a template. Kevin did
live sound for Paul Anka (who wrote My Way) and worked on the crew for
Frank Sinatra and Frank Jnr, so he's heard My Way more times than
most, which is very useful.
We put lots of strings on yesterday and coming in to hear it today
with fresh ears it sounds really wonderful. The best track we've done
so far. OK the strings are from a keyboard but they play nice rifts
which is what matters.