It has finally arrived. Never thought
it would, I mean everything seemed to be so distant this time. For me
the main reason for this apparent distance was the late arrival of
tickets. Now before we get the wrong Idea I am in no way knocking J
Baldwin here. I am aware a little, of the hassle that he had to go
through to get us all seated at our shows each night. But whilst I know
it isn’t his fault the delay had let me think things were still a long
way off. Then they arrived. You look at them and you realize that really
it is almost THAT time
I don’t know about you but I have been at this nonsense a long time now. First time I did a run of shows was ’78. And since then it has happened often. And there are a million memories between then and now. Back then I though music was so important to us all. Accuse me of being naïve if you like but I was waiting for it to change my life, and the worlds too. Well it sure has changed mine anyway. Back in ’78 Dizzy and I spent a night on a cold pavement in Birmingham cueing for those elusive tickets. Since then I have done similar stuff year after year. Somewhere down the line Dizzy grew up and left this crazy nonsense behind. But her crazy husband has never been able to kick the habit. It is to her eternal credit and equally the cause of much heartache I am sure, that she has let me keep this strange hobby going, and in fact always supported me in it. But 78 was 24 years ago. The kids have grown and gone but still we plod on. Do you ask yourself why sometimes? I sure do.
As I am sitting here I am playing a
super recording of Berlin 11 April show. Bob sounds quite stately here,
he sings most of the songs in his slow “elder statesmen” voice. It suits
this stuff well. The old bugger is wearing pretty good but you have to
be blind to not see the cracks these days. But has he changed the world?
Has he saved any lives ? Unlikely. He is what he was then I guess, a
poet and a musician and little more. But it has been a slow
How many shows you going to?
I know this will shock you so take a seat.
Comfortable? Are you prepared ? Steel yourself now…
I did consider……….. Missing a few!!!
I cannot hide such a decision usually
around “I can’t get away from work” or “It’s too far to get too”. Being
the boss has it’s compensations, I can take the time pretty much as I
want too. No the considerations are different to that.
I remember Dylan playing Tambourine
Man in 78 and feeling the rush of adrenalin in me mixing with crowds
juices. A wonderful experience which I seem to find harder to rekindle
now. Odd thing is now when I go to a show I DO know a lot of the people
there, but we don’t seem to share that magic anymore.
So If Bob succeeds in rejuvenating me
I’ll tell you.
Till Next Time.
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