Forty years can be hard on anybody, but 40 years in the music business is not like sitting on comfortable patio furniture watching the sun set. Who knew whether Anderson would be upright, drug-ravaged or float in on a magic carpet ride. He was one of the early
A trip to
The less experienced summerer thinks in large chunks, vacations so expansive they can block the sun.
That works if summer were two weeks rather than five months. A week in the mountains, 10 days at the beach, these are noble efforts. But you can't run from a valley summer. Better to work with the heat, give it its due, respect its tenacity, bow to its ferocity and when it has let down its guard, sneak away for a few hours.
When I reached
I met friends at
The Japanese food was good. I ordered tempura. I love tempura because you can disguise a piece of broccoli, shrimp or sweet potato in the light tempura batter and every bite is a surprise. It's like opening a parade of presents Christmas morning.
After dinner, we walked across the street to the listening room. Scale is important, and to be able to walk from dinner to a concert is a pleasure.
The room at
A man stood in the back of the room wearing a black fedora. He wore the fedora in such a way that permanently eliminated it as future headwear for any man present.
No way that was
He adjusted the mike, strapped on his harmonica and started to play. After the first song, I wanted to call everybody I knew and tell them to drive to
Great songs included "Foghorn," "Thirsty Boots," "Come to My Bedside My Darlin'" Blue Heart," and "Sex with You."
If you have iTunes, buy those songs now.
I shook his hand after the concert and told him he didn't settle for cliches in his songwriting. He was polite but did not seem overly moved by my credentials. I rolled down the mountain in less than 40 minutes. Summer strategy,
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