When I was a real life schoolgirl I visited New York City and saw a musical play called, “The Fantasticks”. I learned that the show had run since 1960 and I can remember the day I heard that the show finally closed after a 42 year run. I mention the show because it included some of most endearing dialog and music I’ve ever heard, and this morning I’m thinking about a single phrase that was a prelude to the most memorable song in the show, “Try to remember”. Simply the phrase, “You wonder how these things begin… ” keeps running through my thoughts and the reason is obvious to me, but it baffles me how the mind can connect a phrase from decades ago to a problem your mind is sorting through in present time.
Yesterday I did a lot of pitching for the “Date Auction for Autism” to friends, and I discovered that many friends were declining to participate because it just was too much for their partners. And the truth is I understand their concerns. From the beginning I realized that there was a fragile line between good taste and something offensive. I don’t regret the work I’ve done on the project and regardless of my own sensibilities, I bought into all of the decisions. What I regret is putting my friendships at risk by not having the sense to analyze the situation of each friend. All of this is in my thoughts as Saturday rolls in.
I had my usual gig with Ziffy Zarf last night. It was a good crowd and for the most part we had a lot of fun. Ziffy Zarf is an amazing talent. I can’t recall a single gig where Ziffy seemed to be playing the “usual” program. I suppose some people think I’m just hyping Ziffy’s work with my comments, but I genuinely enjoy his shows. Anway, WT arrived in the second half of the gig, and my “shy guy” has become more popular than I think he ever imagined. After the gig, we explored some of the new areas Magi & Dixon have been building on the plot. We spent some time racing around on a jet ski together and that was a lot of fun. Magi is turning the whole HOT WET BLUES area into a playground for members.