Sunday May 30, 2004

 

 


Okay - so here's where we play ketchup!

Saturday, I got into town, picked up my Grandmother and headed to my sister's place for my niece and nephew's birthday party. Of course, what does a 200-mile trip mean to an 11 and 12 year old? I don't even think they realized how out of the way we went. Still, it's worth it. For all intents and purposes, my whole family was there. Plus, I think the kids will remember these things later. I know I do.

When I got there, my Mom presented ME with a Mother's Day gift. It was a book of mother and son poetry. How very mom-like, eh? Since I haven't seen her since before Mother's Day, this was my first chance to get her a gift. I chose...a fishin' pole (don't ask, but she'll put it to use).

Later, Grandma, Amanda and I swung by the cemetary to "visit" Dad. It still hurts too much to bear.

Sunday was a different kind of day entirely. My childhood friend Shawn came by to help with my Dad's truck - which is mine now. We had to replace the battery and stuff. Well, WE didn't do much of anything. Shawn did it all. After we got it running again, I drove it out of the backyard. Grandma stood on the porch watching. I rolled down the window to tell her that I'd see her tomorrow. All she said was, "I'm just watching it leave for the last time." She was a little teary eyed.

Earlier, while running around looking for batteries, Shawn had a scheduling glitch. So off Amanda and I went with him, Lori and their kids True and Lauryn for True's dance recital. It was the first time I've set foot on my old alma mater's campus in...well, not long enough. I saw friends from middle school (Debbie Reynolds) and the singer for my first live performance ever at that very high school. Craig Reynolds (no relation to Debbie) and I spoke for a little while. He's doing country now. (In South Carolina? What a surprise?).

Now - I'm not necessarily speaking about the 2 people I just named but every one I went to high school with is old now. I'm not. Am I that delusional? I have no idea what to make of it.

After an early exit from the recital, the kids, Shawn, Lori, Amanda and I hightailed it to Amanda's parents for a swim. Before I knew it, nieces, nephews and friends of relatives showed up. Oh well, I believe a good time was had by all.

To top the evening, we took the Young clan out to dinner in Spring Valley. Like I said, Shawn did all the work on the truck. 'Twas the least we could do!

Thanks, again.


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Saturday May 29, 2004

 

 

 

 


Again, no time to write today. It's already afternoon and I've got to get on the road to make it to Nichole and Robbie's party in Camden, SC by 4 o'clock. Nothing's happened today anyway. I'll be out of town 'til late Monday so this won't be updated 'til tuesday ("hush, hush - keep it down now").

See you then?

 


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Friday May 28, 2004
 

 

Me and Liz Phair backstage at On The Bricks. Moondoggie would've definitely called her a Gidget. I'm leaning way down in this pic! Amanda looked like a giant next to her.


Things got hectic fast today. Frank came into town for some job interviews. He may be in Athens by the beginning of July. Then I'm going to finally have a band that can do what it wants when it wants. That will ROCK!

Left for the opening of On The Bricks at about 2:30. Got there and had a very early dinner at The CNN Center Food Court across the street. Who should be sitting at the next table but Gavin DeGraw. I can't believe how big he's gotten in a year. The girls were trying to shred him at the show later but at the Food Court, nobody had a clue who he was. Must be an odd life.

Lots of logistical problems at the shoot. One of the Mad Booking guys, David, was incredible. I needed access to the side of the stage for audience shots so he had the crew put up a staircase just for me. Needless to say, I got what I needed. A rain storm came up and pushed back everything for an hour. I hung out backstage with my old security friend JC and the Graham Colton Band. They traded road stories while I listened in, semi-horrified!

Liz Phair showed up early (as always) and hung around in a tight leather dress. It was hilarious seeing her tour manager try to strap her into her headset mic. It probably took 10-15 minutes. Unfortunately, they made up for lost time with Liz's set. She probably only played 6 songs. She made good use of the time, though. She hit "Rock Me," "Polyester Bride", "Extraordinary" "Supernova" and "Why Can't I" in that limited time. After the set, Amanda and I ran backstage. I was determined to get my pic with her this time. Last time we were slow and she snuck off before we got her. Not this time! The oddest part of the night was the fact that I made Liz Phair blush. Good lord, how do you do that? Have you heard her lyrics? Then you know what I mean. All I said was that I wanted to thank her for always making my job as a photographer easier. She turned pink, kind of gazed at the floor and smiled in an embarrassed way. I put out my hand to shake hers and she said, "Thank you sooo much" before she ignored my hand and hugged me.

Next up was Gavin DeGraw. Again, what a difference a year makes. This year, everyone was singing along and the whole teen market is his. Quite strange. Took a pic of Amanda with him after the show. I'm always impressed by how down to earth he is. He then went out and signed autographs for everyone that wanted. He was there for a long time!

Train headlined. I've never been a fan of their records but every time I've seen them, they've been amazing. This time, maybe even more than last. Johnny Colt from the Black Crowes is playing bass now. He's such a cool guy. He actually remembered me! He lives in Atlanta and had a band called Asphalt Blaster. I interviewed him and did a piece for Flagpole. He really added some great texture to Train. They even did "Hard To Handle" and I think Pat Moynihan may sound more like Chris Robinson than Chris Robinson. They also did a killer Zeppelin medley mostly based around "Whole Lotta Love" and "Ramble On." Of course, their hits were what everyone came to see. "Drops Of Jupiter" brought the house down and the show ended about 11:40. Not too late at all.

Then it was backstage for the trade shots. Train's tour manager Tom was great. It was an easy job and everything was arranged perfectly. Amanda heard of Pat Moynihan's reputation as very image conscious so she did rabbit ears over his head. I took the shot. Then he said, "not cool" and asked me to take another. He was nice about it, though. He even waited for Amanda to figure out the camera so I could get a pic with him.

All in all, it was a successful night. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to work overtime next week to get all the sponsor and vendor stuff that I missed this week due to the rain, umbrellas, wind and unhappy looking people!


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Thursday May 27, 2004

Alright, things are heating up again. I spent the day today "networking." I forgot how time consuming all that "touching base" stuff is. I guess I'll have to set aside a day a week to handle it all.

Here are the high points of the last little while...

The very important date yesterday was to go to a big 'ol multiplex movie theatre in the ritzy area of Atlanta (Buckhead) to pay $7.50 a head to see...wait for it...Amanda on the big screen. 'Twas very odd indeed, but cool. She was in a short called "Hero In Bloom ." It's a mockumentary about a guy called Captain Carnation that runs around in a towel cape. A towel cape, huh? Why does that sound familiar? The movie was shown as part of the 48 Hour Film Project. She was on the Rational Spirit team. I was knocked out by the quality of the work that people put together in a single weekend and very proud of Amanda for making the big screen.

Like I told her on the way home. "Now you've heard me on the radio and seen my work in Rolling Stone and I've seen you on the silver screen of a movie theatre." It was super cool.

Speaking of me being on the radio, I got my royalty statement from ASCAP and apparently someone has started to play something of mine in (again...wait for it...) BELGIUM! How odd is that? I'm going to try not to spend that whole 7 cent royalty in one place!

What else...okay...

We've added a date at The Georgia Theatre on Wednesday June 9th. I haven't been able to get in there since the Q-Sign days. Honestly, it's my favorite stage that I've ever played on 'cause it's so huge. As a 3-piece, we're going to have a lot of room to cover individually. It should be good for getting a decent soundboard recording and some killer photos. If you're in the area, please come out. We need all the help we can get. The place holds a thousand people or something. Scary.

I think that's all I have to say for now. Have a good one.

 


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Wednesday May 26, 2004

 


"I'm late, I'm late for a very important date..."

Luckily, there's nothing I can really write about today anyway. I finally finished up all that stuff for Midtown and feel like I can kind of get back on track now. It's about freakin' time. It was nearly a month ago already!

We'll be coming back into South Carolina late Saturday evening for my niece and nephew's birthday party. If any of you Carolina-type people are available Sunday, maybe we can meet up for a second or two. What do you think?

'Tis all for today.

"No time to say "Hello", Goodbye..."


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Tuesday May 25, 2004

 


Errand day, errand day. Get yer errands done 2-day! Yep, it's one of those. I had to get my teeth cleaned (yeah, dental hygiene!) run some press stuff around, make a trip by the Salvation Army, etc, etc, etc. Boring X 2. Now I'm trying to finish up some work from Music Midtown (nearly a month ago) that I need to get done for Clear Channel.

Did you read Sarah Lee's new BIO for the Critical Darlings? I love her writing style. I say this at the risk of irritating her but "nobody does it like Sarah Lee." Sorry. Couldn't resist. Click here if you haven't checked it out yet!

Went to trivia last night and (egad!) we came in third. It was our tiny team against a monster team of nearly literal know-it-alls. They came in second. The mysterious winners ("The Screamapillars") disappeared without collecting their prize. Very strange, indeed. Oh well, I guess we're not defending anymore. So I guess it's time for a comeback!

Gotta get back to it, Druid...

 


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Monday May 24, 2004  

Ahhhh....another week. I'm almost recovered from the tiring weekend. Gotta go back out to trivia tonight to defend our title!

Other than that it's been my usual Monday. Y'know, catching up, tidying up, etc. Boring. I'm contemplating making an acoustic appearance next Saturday afternoon at an arts festival just outside of town. Could be fun. If Tom'll sit beside, do harmonies and tambourine it, I think we should.

Click here for last week's diary entries. Plus, there are pics of Marshall Crenshaw and (ahem) The Critical Darlings.


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