Sunday April 25, 2004

 

 


And it's even worse today. I'm using what little strength I have left to type this up. Seriously, I'm not trying to be melodramatic. I haven't felt this bad in at least 5 years. It sucks. I'm not really functional. I've been laying on the couch, fading in and out of sleep with Prince playing for the last too many hours. I've got to get up and around now (it's 6 p.m.) so that I'll be able to sleep tonight.

I'm groggy from all the medication. Anyone that knows me knows how I avoid them, but I couldn't anymore. I'm on decongestant, cough syrup, ibuprofen...maybe that's it. But it's a lot for me. I can kind of breathe now at least.

When I called Tom to cancel everything for today, he said I didn't even sound like me. That's fitting 'cause I sure don't feel like me.

I've only got four days to get back to 110%.

Back to the couch now.


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Saturday April 24, 2004

Shania Twain in Atlanta last night.

 

 


Well, I'm one sick dude today. Need proof? I cancelled rehearsal. I haven't done that since high school when we were rehearsing for a talent show. Within a few hours of cancelling practice that time, I was admitted into the hospital. I got out just in time to make the talent show - which we won. Anyway, I'm hoping no hospital is involved this time. I think this 2 and a half month whatever is finally breaking up and going out with a bang. I hope it's leaving. I tell you, I can't take much more of it.

Oh well, I did drag myself out to the Shania Twain show last night. It was alright. Not nearly as good as I'd been expecting. It's only the 2nd night of the tour so maybe they just need to find a groove. She spent half the show (don't think I'm exaggerating) signing autographs for people in the front rows. What struck me as funny was how many of the songs were Loverboy's "Lovin' Every Minute Of It" warmed over with fiddles. I guess that's the production of Mutt Lange for you.

Alright, I'm out of here. I've got to relax. I've got to be in fighting condition for Music Midtown on Friday.


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Friday April 23, 2004
 

 

 


Alright...I've worn myself down to the nub again. I feel horrible. I'm exhausted, overdone, shakey and COUGHING again. It's maddening. The worst part is that I've got another show tonight. I've got to go shoot Shania Twain in Atlanta. In fact, I'm leaving in just a few minutes. I really feel flulike right now. I've got to get it together. Midtown's in a week and that's super hard even at the healthiest. I don't know what else to do. I've taken time off, taken medicine, gone to the doctor... It's truly driving me crazy. Amanda thinks it's just because my immune system is down due to depression over my Dad. That's certainly a likely culprit. A few days of rest would go a long way right now. So...many...things...to...do.

I'm out.

 


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Thursday April 22, 2004

Well, I've got to say that the Prince show was fairly spectacular. He wouldn't let us take his picture like usual, but unlike the last time I saw him, he was ON. Of course, he still needed a good working over for that awful version of "When Doves Cry" but other than that, the show was stellar. He played a good chunk of his hits. More than you'd think he could fit in. Those weren't the highlights for me, though. My favorites were "Shhhh" (drummer John Blackwell was unreal), an acoustic "Sometimes It Snows In April" and a mind bending, blended version of "The Question Of U" and "The One" that juxtaposed elements of Alicia Keys' "Falling" and several other tunes. He had James Brown's sax player Maceo Parker in his horn section and they used him liberally. So...I will concur that the Prince Musicology Tour is amazing, but I will disagree strongly about the Musicology album. They gave out the CD at the concert, which is cool. Too bad it doesn't deserve the raves it's been getting. It's just another average Prince album. The people who've been giving it great reviews must not have heard his last few. This one's only about as good as "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic." It's not bad - but it ain't what they're saying.

Oh...and thanks to Laura Bundrick for hooking us up with tickets!

We stayed in SC last night and left about 11 am to make another appointment in Atlanta. Then I photo'd "Weird Al" Yankovic in the evening. It was a fun show, even if it wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped. The celebrity interview clips were hilarious and I was quite impressed with all the costume changes to mirror the videos. He really put himself into it. I guess he had good reason. The concert was "dedicated to the memory of Nick and Mary Yankovic." It was a fitting dedication.


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Wednesday April 21, 2004

 


I've still got so much to do and no time to do it. I am (literally as I write this) uploading pics to Pollstar for cover consideration. I just finished invoicing an 8th grade music textbook that is using one of my Howie Day pics and I still haven't gotten anymore of the 3 Rivers editing done. Not only that, I have to leave within the hour to head out to the Prince show in Columbia! I'm just going to crash in Camden tonight and head back up to Atlanta tomorrow for "Weird Al." That should be fun. I've never seen him. I know his parents just died a couple of weeks ago so obviously I feel more of a connection to him than I used to. In my own way, I'm going to support him. He's smart to keep working. Otherwise, it's unbearable.

As I'll be on the road again, I won't be able to update this here thingy 'til Friday. Talk atcha then.

Oh, one of Liz Phair pics is up at Pollstar today. I don't think she did 2 Myrtle Beach shows and I didn't tell them that. Oh well, at least I'm getting published! That'll make 3 issues in a row! They had a Jet pic up last week and next week a Darkness shot. Cool.


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Tuesday April 20, 2004

 


Today - I finished up THE FIRST EDIT OF 3 of the 3 Rivers shots. I've had enough. Good thing I still have another day to go before another show, eh? Obviously, I caught up my diary, too. Listened to the Bruce Kulick CD while working and am in the midst of a couple of other photo deals that aren't worth mentioning until they're more concrete.

That's all. Amanda and I are planning on going out to dinner tonight to try to get at least one good meal in (eating on the road so much is not good for you) before we hit it again for tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.

Tonight, a nice quiet dinner, and ChrisTV (WKRP, Twilight Zone) is just what the doctor ordered.

 


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Monday April 19, 2004  

Hmmm...I spent 3 days at a festival this weekend. What do you think I did all day?

Yep - if you guessed edited freakin' pictures until I literally couldn't see straight, you are correct. Of course, the Post Festival Exhaustion has really set in, too. Uuuuggghhhh. Makes me not want to do another one. At least until...April 30!

Just noticed the date. 9 years ago today the federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed by someone whose fate wound up much more kind than he deserved. On that morning, Tom O'Gorman and I were working on a song called "Scared Of Myself." I remember it feeling appropriate. Funny - that's probably the oldest song I still perform.

Got notification that the Colonial Center is comping me Prince tickets. I'm so happy about that. I cut a deal with them for a wall shot. Prince won't let us shoot but he's still 1 of my all time heroes. 2 see him 4 free is cool enough 2 make doves cry. The only problem, I've got to hike back to Columbia 2 do it. What's another 6 hour round trip in the middle of the work week, right? I hear he's giving away free copies of his new album Musicology at shows. Maybe it'll be a good listen for the ride home. "Peace & B wild."

Watched Kill Bill, Vol. 1 last night. Like most Tarantino movies, I find it incredibly overrated. I appreciate his sense of humor and find his flicks visually stimulating but I can't really get into them. All I could think was it seemed like something that every video game loving, nu-metal 15-20 year old male would like. Oh - and Amanda. I think she liked it. Just doesn't work for me. Guess I'll never be allowed to play with the cool kids.

Check out the late additions and new pics (Isley Brothers, Bruce Kulick, The Time) for the tail end of last week by clicking here!


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