Friday

02011-05-06 | Uncategorized | 7 comments

Two shows at Sculler’s in Boston last night. Now we are in Londonderry, New Hampshire, in a great little venue called Tupelo Music Hall.

Tomorrow I am thinking of taking the ferry into Manhattan to have breakfast there and to check out Picasso’s guitars at the MoMA. Then I’ll meet the bus at B.B.Kings after noon.

After our concert at B.B.’s we will drive north again to Vermont, where I haven’t been since the early Nineties sometime. I am looking forward to our visit. A friend, born and raised in Santa Fe, once told me he thought that Vermont felt similar to New Mexico… the East coast version. Hitchhiking up from New York state I used to be able to see the state line by looking at the trees and landscape, similar to how we think we can see the line between Texas and New Mexico or Arizona and New Mexico.

I have fond memories of Vermont, where I spent my first Summer in the USA and had my first gigs as a solo guitarist. I remember one gig, in 1979, where I improvised music while a friend read Chinese poetry – in Mandarin of course. Nobody understood him, but the combination of the Chinese poetry and guitar music was quite appealing. Another time I played two half our sets at a bar: I played only chords during the first set, and recorded the performance on a reel-to-reel tape deck. I played back the tape and soloed over the chords during the second set. And while I am describing OL’s stranger performances, I performed in a gallery once, where I changed location every few minutes: sitting on the floor in the middle of the room, then on a chair against a corner, and so on.

7 Comments

  1. Carol Anderson

    You’ve never been in a rut. Those people will always remember your novel uitar playing.And I think you almost always fine the place you’re in prety interesting, don’t you.

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  2. Adam Solomon

    OL – experimentations in performance. I like it :D

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  3. Adam Solomon

    And I wish I could be at the BB King’s show!

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  4. yumi

    Chinese poetry in Mandarin…that opens the imagination.

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  5. Steve (brokerbiker)

    Ottmar- sounds like you are truly enjoying NYC- Muy Bueno! I noted in your Youtube video, you were sitting in a Herman Miller chair- my father had 8 of the originals from the ’50s that I now have. They are so comfortable for playing guitar (or anything else!) I am relaxing in Silver City and bike riding. So blessed- Peace!

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  6. Ottmar

    Steve: which video? In the two vids from 2004 I sit on an Eames chair – probably made by HM. Bought six of them at a garage sale, but wore them out between 1997 and 2005. Since 2007 I carry an Emeco chair, which isn’t the most comfortable, but survives anything.

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