I didn’t realize until I heard Steve Smith speak yesterday that his blog, Night After Night, started as an Andrew-Porter inspired journal of his daily experiences attending concerts. Wow! I thought. That’s what I’ve been doing with the “SJ” (for Sabbatical Journal) entries here. I got thrown off with a week of other writing/research projects, so there’s a lot to catch up on–including the Tune-In Music Festival, a TullyScape concert, and the Music of Now Marathon. Sigh. Whenever I think I’m going to write a short quick entry, it ends up taking three times what I anticipated–especially when inserting links.
Which is all to say that I’m just going to start fresh, and work in reflections on those events mentioned above as I can. So here goes.
Last night I went to City Winery to hear the legendary guitarist Leo Kottke. It’s a beautiful venue–a wine bar and restaurant (surprise!) with a nice stage and great sound system. Of course, I had never even heard of Kottke, given my general ignorance of music outside the classical and cello-improv traditions. I enjoyed his ease with his instruments, his self-deprecating banter, and even his instrutions to the sound guy. His stage presence reminded me a bit (just a bit) of Jeff Bridges playing Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. The friend I went with, a Kottke fan, pointed out the parents who had brought children to hear the legend. That’s nice. Very nice.
OK, this took just 20 minutes and I’m off to the Village for show #1. I’ll let you know how it all turns out. And I’ll probably sleep in tomorrow.