Earl made a cool experimental video from footage of my last concert in the creek, over an old unreleased instrumental version of I Can See You. (that features the keys). Love the colors, heart!
Hank is a long-time friend of the family. My mom has a lot of his art, as do my sister and I. When I was at NYU I got to know him, sometimes sitting for him. Hank is a hero of mine for giving his whole life to his art.
Hank called me this morning, left a message saying to search for him on YouTube, someone had done a video portrait of him. Here it is.
My superfriend Jenn took some great shots of me down by Waller Creek on the UT campus a few weeks ago. Here are my favorite of her favorites.
In spite of being a sold out show, I made it back from GregoFest and biked over to the Alamo Drafthouse South today to see Bob Dorough perform Schoolhouse Rock songs. I got in and sat front and center, as close a possible to the Rhodes at the front of the theater.
Bob sat behind the electric piano and started off with “Three Is The Magic Number,” because it was first he composed and the one that started it all with ABC. He spent the next hour or so playing his hits – My Hero Zero, I’m Just A Bill, Figure 8 – and telling stories about working with ABC as musical director and getting work for his friends Blossom Dearie and Jack Sheldon.
Afterward I got this poster and him to sign it. I thanked him for not dumbing down any of those song because they made me the musician I am.
My buddy Gray’s band, The Lodge On Regulus, played a few blocks from my place at the Whip In tonight and it was made a great scene by the cool vibes (Gray Parsons) and sax (Thomas van der Brook), drums (Donny Wynn) and bass (Tom Benton). I caught some nice audio on my recorder. Jody went with me, Derek met us there. This is why I moved to Austin.
Here’s the fist of the two songs I did Sat night at a sold out Talking Heads hoot night at Antone’s.
Art Baker played this often-covered reggae song – Johnny Too Bad – on Jamaican Gold on Sunday and I’ve had it in my head ever since. Yesterday I listened to various versions of it all afternoon, so last night I recorded my version. It seems to be written by Crooks and Wilson of The Slickers. I know it from The Harder They Come soundtrack.