Just finished a brief phone interview with a Las Vegas radio station. When I called them at the number I had been given, I reached a non-working NV Energy line. But another number came through and they were kind enough to fit me into the last few minutes of their morning show.

In Phoenix, yesterday, I started my day early. While everyone else was still sleeping on the bus, I was picked up with my guitar at 07:00. I did interviews and played guitar at KEZ and KYOT. You can go to the KEZ web site – here: scroll down and it looks like you can hear the interview and my brief performance. (((hm, wonder whether they are paying streaming royalties or whether they are doing this on the sly…)))

Then came the interview at KYOT who decided to video my little performance (((without advance warning))). The interview was less fun than speaking with KEZ, even though KYOT is the station that plays some of my music (((MC says they have been playing the same three OL songs for years!))).

Drove to the Arabian Library in Scottsdale with MC, who captured this:

Link to slideshow of photos MC took at the Rialto.

In the afternoon I gave the worst interview of my entire career, speaking with a local Phoenix TV crew. How is one supposed to answer a question like this: who has been in your band the longest and who is your least favorite band member? It was painful and I’m afraid I became rather mono-syllabic. Since the interviewer was not on camera, and shouted the questions from a distance, she can now change the questions and really make me look silly. (((OL as Billy Bob Thornton? That could be entertaining!)))

The traditional (((fourth year))) photo of Stephen Duros in front of the Celebtrity Theatre wall was taken:

Here is the annual shot of the misters:

Here is a look at the stage:

After a very good performance (((best of the tour so far))), a birthday was celebrated in the parking lot – with another birthday to be celebrated today and two more on Saturday:

Photo of Stephen in the parking lot at night, holding up his cellphone:

atnmbl – driverless car design… interesting, but here are my two cents on the subject.

– streets have a larger footprint than railroad tracks
– asphalt retains a lot of heat
– does not solve the lack of physical movement most people experience
– a disconnect from the landscape, maybe even more so – because one does not have to look outside at all…

If energy becomes abundant at some point, and I think that’s quite possible, a walking machine would be more interesting than a machine on wheels. The advantage of a walking machine would be that no flat road is necessary. Something between Neal Stephenson’s chevaline, a mechanical horse that can fold up and is light enough to be carried one-handed, and the walkers from Star Wars.

Friday in Phoenix

Stevo and I arrive at the Phoenix studio of Channel 3 at 0730. Told him how interesting it is not to drink any coffee when going to an early morning TV show. Most people were buzzing with energy, while we just sat there. He agreed that it was interesting. Like being in a different time zone, where the air is thicker and movement slower compared to everyone around.

We did cheer the news meteorologist, because that’s a hard job in Arizona or California… we were reminded of the scene in “LA Story”, where the Steve Martin weatherman character pre-records a few days of announcing 70 degrees and perfect weather, only to have a storm hit during that time…

Stevo and I performed four pieces, two of which were short bumpers, La Luna and Streetlight, a main piece – an abbreviated Three Days Without You – and Snakecharmer for the credits/ending.

Afterwards Stevo and the rest left on the bus, while I sat in front of the TV studio waiting on a friend – like last year. He took me to a nice little cafe for a little breakfast and coffee.

Noon – Celebrity Theatre. Tonight’s performance will be in the round, meaning that the stage will rotate. Haven’t experienced that since we performed here with Basha in 1990. During soundcheck the stage began rotating, so we could get used to the experience. The movement was very smooth, except for the moment, every 7½ minutes or so, when the stage reversed direction. The sensation was particularly interesting when experienced with one’s eyes closed. Trippy.

Photo by Stevo:

Read in Basho’s Journey, a book of the great Japanese poet’s prose, – essentially a translation of his diaries/travel journals:

Then we landed on the opposite shore where the old cherry tree remains as a memento to priest Saigyo, who wrote of fishermen “rowing over blossoms”.

(((Immediately reminded me of this.)))

Looked up the poem:

The cherry trees
of Kisagata are buried
under the waves
as fishermen row their boats,
over waves of blossoms

After a storm or flood?

Imagined a convention where people wore poetic tags instead of name-tags, like “Rowing over Waves of Blossoms” or “Snowflake landing on a Butterfly” – would say much more about a person than name or title…

I was happy with the evening’s performance. The band sounded more sure-footed and stronger. (((hello! It was only the second performance!))) I had a major mistake in Firelight, but we moved through that and onward. Audience very nice. A good evening. Afterwards sake with friends in the parking lot, celebrating Jon’s birthday.
Celebrity - Backstage Entrance at Night

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