The Birchmere was a lot of fun last night. I decided to add a couple of photos from the Sellersville stage to the slideshow in a self-referrential post-modern sort of move: projecting a photo of a stage with a photo projection… Salma was there and took some photos. During a Q&A section a Frenchman asked me whether I have ever played in France and said France would love you! I would love to perform in France, I answered. If you know somebody, have them call my agent!
Today we are in Ridgefield, Connecticut, for the first time. The Ridgefield Playhouse. Sold out. Nice.
A local radio station gave out six free tickets instead of two and there was no place for the additional four winners to sit. We arranged for them to experience the concert sitting on chairs stage-right – in between the curtains. Interesting new perspective, but how did it sound, I wonder? After sound and video check we had an early dinner at Luc’s Cafe and Restaurant.
Check out the old Citroen convertible mini-pickup-truck parked in front of the restaurant – complete with a case of French red wine in the back…
I was back at the venue a couple of hours before showtime and worked on the slideshow for a little while before warming up on the guitar. Lots of fur in (on?) the audience tonight. Reminded me of the San Remo Festival in February of 1999, where I went to perform with Leda Battisti. I can’t believe people still wear fur.
During the evening a woman asked whether I had changed spiritually over the years. I answered that I thought it was a silly question (if you should read this: I apologize for calling the question silly – questions are not silly) because I always change and continue to change. I’ll stop changing when I am dead – until then I am a work in progress. Reflecting on this now, while sitting in the backlounge of the bus, I think that I won’t stop changing when I am dead. My body will slowly decompose and the memory people have of me will change over time… There is no end, no result – only change.
I had some nice improv-moments with the guitar tonight. The last two nights I have tried to stretch some of the music in different ways.
Nice review of Leonard Cohen by Pico Iyer in the January issue of Shambhala Sun.
Transit2 and Thira will become available from iTunes the week after next. One Guitar has been available there for a little while.