Every day this summer feels like I’m recovering from the night before: first it was gigs, then jet lag, then the late nights with the band who were here recording and then the first summer visitors from America. Then it was the night of the bat.
Then it was Paris, where I trekked out to the western suburbs to stand in a broiling courtyard with people of many lands arguing with guards to be humane and let us into the (slightly cooler) building. When I finally entered what I thought would be an outpost of the British embassy, I realized it was just a company hired to take our passports and paperwork, put them in plastic bags, collect biometric information and then eject everyone back into the world without a passport, possibly having given up our identities for them to sell in another country. Maybe we were even now members of a new low-grade espionage ring to be called up at a later date – I’ll let you know, or then again I won’t.
Next it was the morning after my night in Paris, where I’d wandered the streets purposefully, seeing the YSL exhibit at Petit Palais, the Willy Ronis show at la Monnaie, eating at L’As du Falafel which really was as good as they say, and finally seeing “Taking Off”, the Milos Forman film from 1971 which was very funny with some good musical surprises.
Where I used to have dreams of looking suitably chic in Paris, these days I’ve lowered my expectations to trying to at least not look completely Limousin rube, or like that American lady in the Alexander Payne segment (“14th Arrondissement”) of “Paris Je T’Aime”. Though in some ways she is my hero.
Today I’m recovering from our gig at the Site Corot last night. Held in an unused auberge in a lovely spot near a river, next to some old glove factories, it took five meetings and three months to organize. Many people showed up, having been told we were either a) a “rhythm & blues” group or b) country music. They stayed for about three songs and the rest of the set we played to our usual ten friends and the few assorted French people too polite to desert us. But the river made a nice sound and we still remembered how to play.
So it’s a good tired.