A day off and I meet my daughter for lunch and we spend the afternoon walking around SoHo. I hit a few galleries (we both liked the Jon Kessler show at Deitch) and she goes window-shopping. Coming out of one gallery I see a beautiful woman and her partner walking towards us. As they near I suspect he looks familiar — it's Gavin Rochdale, from the band Bush. He stops and says, "hi," and says he likes my new record. I’m kind of star struck; they both look so handsome, and I feel like Mr. Schlub dad with lovely daughter on his arm. I shake hands and she introduces herself — Gwen (Stefani).
As Malu and I walk on she is super impressed, as am I. Major points for dad. Further up the block Malu says "Dad, I forgot to check out what she was wearing!"
She proudly shows me her drawings from art class — her colored marker ones are maybe the best. And now there is also shading and perspective in the others.
Bush, on a visit to Rome, is scolded by the Pope. I’m sure he was hoping to steal the Catholic support from Kerry, but it seems to have backfired.
Ronald Reagan, the corny actor and U.S. president passed away. He always reminded me of Howdy Doody, if the puppet had aged.
The Carnegie Hall show approaches. I'm nervous both about the sound (it's a very live sounding room), the attendance (it's not sold out yet), and because it’s New York. We've taken precautions for the sonic difficulties of bass and drums in that room, so we might have that area under control. If the audio is still problematic, we can do more of the quiet songs, which we have plenty of, so it may turn out to be an atypical show. I just saw ads in NY Times and Time Out, so maybe the remaining tickets will go soon.
Graham asked me "Why are we playing there if it presents such problems?" Later he says that lots of his friends, when they heard that was where we were playing, simply had to have tickets — which sort of answers the first question.
Malu asks what she and her friends might do for an evening out on the weekend after her birthday. I suggest they check out the band "!!!" (pronounced chk chk chk, I think), but then I realize she and her friends prefer top 40 songs and it might not be an all ages show.