Yesterday I changed the set list again, and it was quite an improvement! Everything flowed much better, and our performance at Humphrey’s was a blast. A full house, a guitar that stayed in tune, a great audience, a well-oiled professional venue, the improved set list, and a band that stayed creative throughout the concert. Great fun! It was our twentieth anniversary of performing here, as we opened at Humphrey’s for the late Michael Hedges in the Summer of 1990.
This morning I unfolded my Brompton and started towards downtown San Diego along North Harbor Drive. I was looking for a coffeeshop in the gas lantern district, but after a futile search I found my way to Little Italy and a little cafe on India Street we discovered last year. It’s always a good sign when Italian-Americans of all ages congregate in a cafe and converse in Italian, although it makes me wonder what they do for a living. If there is such a thing as professional Italian cafe patron, I want to train for the job.
While enjoying my coffee and wondering about the nearly impossible task of finding a decent croissant, I received an email to expect a phone interview at the hotel late morning, and headed back to the hotel. A lovely cool breeze blew from the sea as I rode on the bike path along the water. Very enjoyable. I called Jon, handed the bike over to him to ride and went to my room.
I read about Mark Twain’s autobiography, to be published this year, one hundred years after his death. The brilliant rascal had determined that people weren’t ready for brutal honesty and had stipulated that his “real” autobiography, or rather his complete biography (I think he determined which chapters were to be withheld) should not be published before 2010. How brilliant!
After next May I could turn this Journal into my true voice, to be unlocked upon my death… Worth a thought or two, but unfortunately I am not gifted with words like Mr. Twain.
Here is a funny shot of me, in Costa Mesa on Saturday, looking a bit like a singer-songwriter folkie:
Two pics from Humphrey’s in San Diego, yesterday:
I love this photo. A DMV-shot by Matt:
All photos are from Matt’s excellent Flickr photostream.
Yesterday’s set list was:
Tokyo After Midnight
Garden at Dusk
On the Road to Shiraz/2 the Night