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On Sunday July 3rd, we finished our Smithsonian/Petaluma Museum nine-week run of the Metaquizzical Cafe with a fascinating video montage put together, with many hours of work and research, by my lovely wife Kathy. The video she made had moments with such notables as Michio Kaku, Deepak Chopra, and some animated subjects making points about how to deal with rage and distraction in the modern age. So kudos to Kathy for making her debut as a movie-maker!!
I sprinkled my songs in between, and it was just like being at home cooking with her, only in this case, with songs, images and ideas. It felt very fluid like most things with us which is why we're still together after more than 10 years.
I played 'Dark Matter', 'The First to go Under', 'Two Kinds of People', Coming of Age in the Milky Way', and my oldest song, 'Love Is a Flame' as the last song. A very personal way to wrap up this memorable, and remarkable project. We both loved it and are deeply grateful to have been a part of it. Petaluma we love you here in the Russian River!
I learned so much from the scientists. I'm in awe of their discoveries and tenacities in the face of budget fluctuations and doubt. Scientists and musicians have much in common. Both listening to math in its various forms, and sending out our 'communications' to the rest of our species. A song, a new discovery, a melody, a space photo, all mingling as we live on and on peeling back the layers of the endless onion. It will make you cry!
On Sunday July 10th, I had another wondrous afternoon at Armando's. Carlos Reyes, Katy and Dell, John Jordan helped me out on stage. Lovely room of old friends and new (including Genevieve Conaty who performed her wonderful song, "In your Cell". Lots of singers in the house including Annie Sampson, and Moira Seymour. It felt like the old days at the Musician's Coffeehouse at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Church in Walnut Creek.
Since I still don't perform whole sets of music very often I had some nervy moments on stage. I couldn't hear my guitar very well, acoustic guitar is very tough to get right onstage... but I pantomimed nicely...years of training. The vibe in the room had a 'cloudlike' feel to it...such sweet angels/friends singing my songs with me...light and lovely...reassuring so I prevailed!!
Another wonderful night at Armando's thank you Roy, Eloise, Hazel et al...your heaven will have music in it!