Today was great. Slept in. Woke up. Got cleaned up. Then went out into Yakima Town to find breakfast. Fortunately I found a place that has some of the breakfast fare that reminds me of some of my haunts in Vegas. If you get the chance, check out Waffles Café. Their food is on point and the cast of characters in there is better than cable television. Went back into the historical district and ran into Joshua Ellis. A mutual friend introduced before I left town and he and I made plans to link up. I’ve read a number of Josh’s efforts in websites and newspapers showcasing the Vegas music and arts scene the past couple of years, so to discover he now lived on my tour route and he was available to hang, was very cool.
It is great when you find somebody that shares similar interests, but it is rare that you find a person that burns just as bright as you do with a furious passion about obscure and often times, unrelated interests. Over hot chocolate (mine) and coffee (his) we both communicated a deep love for Daniel Lanois. To the casual reader, Daniel Lanois might not be a name you recognize. If you list off Willie Nelson, U2 and The Neville Brothers then the light bulb goes off. The common thread: Daniel Lanois. Oh, and it is pronounced Lan (as in Land….but the “D” is silent) wah.
Say it with me…Lan-wah. Lan……wah.
The sound Lanois culls from the both sides of the console, and onstage is incredible. If you want to listen to one his more famous works, take a listen to his track The Maker, a number artists have covered it…spacious, sincere and a quiet intimacy…love this track. Joshua Ellis and I talked for a long time about our love for Lanois and his frequent partner in the studio Brian Eno…..but that is another blog for another time.
My afternoon was spent at Yakima Valley Community College getting a grand tour of the music facilities. I also discovered that YVCC has been busy putting up fliers for my concert/workshop that is being held (checks watch) ….in 12 hrs. I met a number of the students and young musicians there and they all expressed interest and anticipation for my workshop and I am just as excited (see: way more excited) to be invited to their school.
Tomorrow is spent at YVCC then off to Seattle! I hear that the drive from Yakima to Seattle is beautiful. Washington is divided into West and East….no….not a Tupac/Biggie thing…but between wet and dry sides of the state. This time tomorrow, I will be in the green wooded confines of the greater Seattle area.
Performance is at 12pm….Workshop is at 2pm ….
See you then…
Yakima, Washington USA
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Thoughts, ideas and musical musings from this Silver State Loop Artist.