February 04, 2011 05:33 PM Filed under: Life
Here’s the second part of my appearance on Jeffrey Townsend’s Neither Here Nor There Radio show.
Find first installment here: Prior Post
This song holds a lot of history. I wrote it while staying at the old La Poseda Hotel in Albuquerque. My wife Amy says that she really met me the evening she heard me singing this song.
As I explain in the brief interview before performing, I have a personal rule which helps me cope with inconvenience: The most important things happen at the least convenient times. This rule helps me reframe inconvenience into the acknowledgement, usually begrudging acknowledgement, that if I’m feeling really, really, really inconvenienced, something important might be happening. Pay closer attention.
January 25, 2011 10:30 AM Filed under: Life
A couple of years ago, my friend Jeffrey Townsend
, former Hollywood production designer and media whiz, decided to pilot a radio program
. The program, entitled Neither Here Nor There, was hosted by Steve Johnson
, known to readers under his pen name Sam McLeod, and recorded in a lightly reconditioned WWII-era barracks building at the Walla Walla Airport in rural Washington State. Jeffrey enlisted a backup band, named The Part Time Band, and started recording in front of a live studio audience. The concept was to produce a real, live small town radio show. Jeffrey, a natural-born smart aleck, wrote jingles for such local hot spots as the Worm Ranch Mexican Restaurant (yes, there really is such a place), and The Iceburg, a genuine fifties-style drive-in. Described as: "
Walla Walla's only, and therefore longest running, radio variety show that's not on the radio," the program was a terrific idea but ultimately unsustainable.
Fortunately for me, I was invited as a guest to one of the few pilots made. Even more fortunate, Jeffrey kept the recordings. Slip over here for more ...