Those of you who blog every day: honestly, how do you do it? Seems like at some point the details would get trivial–do you really want to know what I had for breakfast? (Okay, Kashi Go-Lean it was.) The dogs are asleep. My son’s home from school with a lingering but low-grade flu, reading. It’s quiet. I can think. I think.
Almost done with the Keith Richards autobio, “Life”. Highly recommended–the amount of stuff he remembers, and the details he provides really make you see him as a multi-dimensional human being–not just rock n’ roll’s king of consumption, though there’s plenty of talk about that. (I know more about heroin now than I ever imagined I would). I don’t know why he goes into a track-by-track discussion of one of the Stones’ latest releases towards the end; marketing ploy, perhaps? But I’ve ridden along for 500+ pages, so I guess I’ll go with it. I’m in. I feel like we’re pals at this point. Nice to see the mention of the All the King’s Men sessions (for those who don’t know: Keith, along with Scotty Moore, Levon Helm, and some other “top hands”(his words) recorded Deuce & a Quarter, written by me and Gwil Owen, for that record, a tribute for Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, the two surviving members of the trio which backed Elvis in the early days).
Saw a vid yesterday on fb; Paul Westerberg with band, from a few years ago, doing the Replacements song, “Left of the Dial”. The sound (and video quality) sucked, but the performance trumped all that. That’s always been one of my favorite songs of his. I love his writing, but I’ve never gotten to see him live. The clip ends with PW executing a less-than-original rock n’ roll maneuver, but . . . I bought it somehow. Real.
Other visuals: Just know that on Saturday, watching the DVD of the Springsteen’s Houston show from 12/78 made me feel guilty for lying on the couch, and otherwise slow and out of shape. So I got up afterwards and went down to the bar and drank beer! Damn. They were killin’. For three hours. Other than some lighting moves, it’s all about the music, and the band’s connection with the people in that room. Simple. Direct.
Last fall in Knoxville, I did a show with Paul Burch and Paul Thorn. PT and I are talking about a gig somewhere, and out of nowhere he says something like “it’s weird, isn’t it: they feel how you feel”; “they” meaning the audience. That you can’t hide what you’re really feeling behind your own face. That you’re bringing more than music with you to the stage. You can look at that a number of ways; ain’t as simple as it sounds. All I want to say is that it’s been helpful to me.
Maybe you’re wondering about the new record, Gloryland? Me too. Go ahead, yell at me. I’m working on it, y’all. (Hey, how many votes for vinyl? Thinking about doing a 10″ with Colfax and two other tracks on it.) Much to decide. But I want it to be right. More info in future posts. Soon.