I haven’t written to you in ages, I know. It’s awful of me, but don’t take it personally – I have a really good excuse, and it has the added bonus of being true.
Saturday began normally enough. I woke up about and hour before my alarm went off, percolated some java, weaned my cat off my calf muscles and onto a bowl of kibble, shaved, brushed, exercised and watched the abortion episodes of “Maude”. Nothing remarkable.
Looking natural never looked so unnatural: Bea Arthur greeting you as Maude.
I left home to walk to Amoeba Music Hollywood fifteen minutes earlier than necessary; again, totally normal – I am chronically early to everything.
I was greeted at the door by a big hug from Karen and carefully made my way back to the jazz / classical / soundtracks / New
7.5 years employment
Q: What was playing in your house when you were a kid?
BJ: Janis Joplin, "Mercedes Benz" and lots of Willie Nelson, lots of The Doors, Fleetwood Mac. Basic 70's things that are very important to my formative years.
What was your first show?
The Shirelles at a classic car show in Turlock, California. No lies, my dad was the president of the Cam Twisters USA! He still is. That was it!
That's crazy. ...yet fabulous. What was the first band that you were really into?
Ratt. They made me want to be a musician. It's true! Why lie, you know?
What is your favorite venue here in the city?
Cafe du Nord.
Yes, I love it. That's one of my favorites too. What is your favorite band right now?
I just gotta say I listen to a lot of old things right now. Ruth Etting and vocalists of the 30s and 40s is what I am listening to a lot at home, besides the usual.