Usually I don’t remember what I dream. But last night I had a dream that was both good, and one that I remember. All the details escape me, but the gist of it was the Bruce Springsteen was going to be doing a show in Abilene at The Paramount, and I was helping set it all up. In getting all the equipment and pieces together, Bruce was running through his setlist and I noticed he’d put a few songs on there that were never popular for him, but songs I really like. You’ll Be Coming Down and Long Walk Home were two of them. He asked me if I could play harmonica and I said no. I can’t make anything sound right in a harmonica. He said that’s ok, that he’d play the harmonica (phew!) and asked if I’d play guitar on You’ll Be Coming Down. I was surprised and ecstatic at the same time. Holy crap, Springsteen wants me to play guitar with him on stage?!? So I spent the rest of the dream getting ready for that song. I do play guitar but I’m not the caliber musician to be on the same stage as a rock legend. I think I woke up right after that part, of practicing that song and looking forward to the show. And I do remember wondering how his saxophonist Clemons was doing, because somehow in the dream I knew he’d been in the hospital. Wild.
I share that because it was a good dream, and those are fewer and far between than they used to be. I don’t know why. Things aren’t depressing in my life or anything like that, it’s just that I don’t recall having good dreams often. Plus, I’m a huge fan of The Boss, so that plays on it too. I’m not going to think too hard about what the dream means, just take it as a good thing to wake up with.
Andrew Belle performs with The Appetizer at Flyboy Studio
But we are featuring some great sessions with artists that came into town to play shows over the past few months. We featured our session with William Fitzsimmons
last week. This week we’ll showcase our fun time with Andrew Belle and Graham Bechler
. I’d become a fan of his music a few months before we booked the interview, and had really been playing his album The Ladder on repeat leading up to our session. I was listening to it so much because it’s a great album, with a lot of different feels in the music, not just the standard 4/4 folk or rock tune. He has a few songs that have a waltz touch to them, Static Waves in particular. The recorded track features the talents of indie artist Katie Herzig
. The live acoustic song is still cool, but lacks the waltz nature that record owners are used to hearing. Still, Andrew played a great show at Monks Coffeehouse
, and our session at Flyboy Studio
was excellent as well. That’s what we’ll be presenting on the next episode of The Appetizer
. This track is called My Oldest Friend and it’s about a big confrontation he had with his oldest childhood friend that led to a fight and a disconnection in their relationship.
Looking to the next few weeks, I’ll give you portions of a long and very enjoyable conversation I had with George Pendergrass on April 1st. George and I have become good friends over the last several months, and I’ve learned a lot from him and his experiences in music and life. George is a former member of the group Acapella, he’s toured the world and performed on stage with U2. But he’s also one of the most down-to-earth people I know. We talked about transition in life, about teaching young generations about the reality of life and success, and the power of music. Plus, Elliott Park and George recorded a track together. It’s really powerful and that’s what’s on the show on June 18th.
And we’ll close out the month with our session with Matt Morris. That was a really cool and fun experience and it was so much more than just an interview and some acoustic songs. I got to spend time with a really great musician and fantastic human being and my lovely wife got to be apart of it too. Plus we had a magnificent culinary experience at Bonterra Blu. All that coming up June 25th.
That’s a little insight into me and a small preview of what’s coming up on the show. Enjoy the music. If The Boss came to Abilene, would you all show up?