Yes, the title of this blog entry is one of the memorable lines from Back to the Future. George McFly’s brave attempt at proclaiming his affection for Lorraine comes out all wrong – of course, he meant to say “destiny”.
This past was a week of density AND destiny for me. Three performances, the Chicago house party for Amanda Palmer, the passing of friend (the amazing Rev. Ann Letson) – lots of highs, lows and in-betweens.
Last Monday night I attended the Chicago house party for punk-cabaret-rock-star-artist Amanda Palmer. She was extraordinarily approachable, sincere, honest, beautiful, brilliant, and she closed the night with a cover of Creep that I’m not so sure was meant to be sung like an anthem by fifty people…but it was, and it worked.
The next night I went to the Chicago Songwriter Alliance gathering at Uncommon Ground on Clark in Chicago and sang a few songs in one of my favorite listening rooms in the city. After the performances by the songwriters, I spent some time at Jake’s (a dog-friendly pub on Clark) with Ryan Sweeny, Brice Woodall and a few others.
Saturday I performed at the Glenwood Ave Arts Festival in Chicago’s Rogers Park. I was on the north stage and really enjoyed seeing some friends (Cameron, Little Bird, and others!) in the audience while my son sat on the edge of the stage taking some video (he also handed out some cards at the end with my information, web links etc.). Jeff Brown stayed until he had to go over to the main stage – that guy is in more bands and acts than I have fingers and toes I think! – he is a great performer though and I was able to get over and see him perform after I was finished.
The next day I heard from Hannah Frank who had been coordinating an event at Paragon Studios in Chicago – she was booking sets so that the studio could have live music throughout the afternoon. I was thrilled to have this chance, so I got to do three songs in the live audio room right before Ellis Clark went on (although I arrived early to try to see Dan Clingman’s set, but he had to cancel…).
Busy times. And now, since the end of summer is upon us, I’m going to spend some time focusing on my third album project. More details will be coming soon! Thanks for your continued support and interest in my music.