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Doing The Same Thing Twice

Two gigs yesterday.

The first was in a house in Staten Island, which I played with the configuration of me and David Nagler, for the first time ever. This went very well, and though we had to approach the house through a little piece of Staten Island that looked like a grimmer scene from The Wire, we ended up somewhere rather nice and Victorian. I premiered the first of the Harding/Muldoon collaborations: a song called Cover. And David Nagler sang lead vocal on The Ballad of El Goodo, which was lovely. No set list will ever emerge.

We then hot-footed it to Teaneck, NJ where we rendezvoused with the rest of The English UK and rocked out for the evening. So three gigs in two nights. That’s work. Here’s the setlist from last night – note that if you’d seen me two nights running, you’d have seen about five of the same songs. That’s the difference between solo and band gigs.

JWH & The English UK

Mexi Cali Live

Teaneck, NJ

4.18.10

  1. History in the Remaking
  2. My Favourite Angel
  3. Top of the Bottom
  4. Monkey & His Cat
  5. Congratulations (on your Hallucinations)
  6. All The Blow-Themselves-Up-Motherfuckers
  7. Goth Girl
  8. I’m Wrong About Everything
  9. A Very Sorry Saint
  10. Someday Son
  11. Oh! Pandora
  12. The Person You Are
  13. Daylight Ghosts
  14. The End
  15. The Devil In Me

Encores:

  1. Ring Ring
  2. Love or Nothing
  3. I’m A Believer

Mexi Cali (not a bad place, in fact I’d go so far as to recommend it if someone you really liked were playing there and for some reason you either lived in New Jersey or needed to leave the city to see a gig) provided us with “up to $6” drink tickets which were then revealed to buy us very little of the good beer, and were also, un-upgradable. Dinner was a choice between quesadilla or burrito, which represent a rock and a very untasty hard place to me. I think I shamed them into getting me a burger. This is a very brief blog in which I gently complain.

The truth is: things are rather clear for the next few weeks. There’s the Words and Music Festival ay FDU in May. The first three are available to all, but the last one is students only – note that the first one already happened:

Wednesday, April 7, 6:00 pm, Hartman Lounge

PETER CAREY: a Reading and Conversation

Monday, May 3, 4:00 pm, Hartman Lounge

WILD GIFT: JOHN DOE & EXENE CERVENKA of X: in Conversation and Performance with John Wesley Harding

Tuesday, May 4, 4:00pm , Dreyfuss Theater

EUGENE MIRMAN AND HIS PRETTY GOOD FRIENDS (WHO ARE ALSO COMEDIANS), FEATURING: Eugene Mirman Michael Showalter Leo Allen Kumail Nanjiani

Wednesday, May 5, 4:00pm. Hartman Lounge

WORDS FOR MUSIC, PERHAPS: PAUL MULDOON & JOHN WESLEY HARDING
in Conversation and Performance

Thursday, May 6, 4:00pm. Dreyfuss Theater

JERSEY RAIN: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & ROBERT PINSKY
in Conversation and Performance with John Wesley Harding

And then of course there’s the small matter of my daughter, Tilda’s, 4th birthday next sunday. Much excitement.

In the larger picture, there’s my family’s July move from Brooklyn to Philadelphia. You can imagine that’s taking up a little of our mental space. Kitchens are being remodeled; pool tables are being recovered (long story); an amphitheater is being built (no, it really is); movers have to be found.

Last friday, we went to Creditors (Strindberg, starring my one-time landlady, Anna Chancellor) at BAM; and next saturday, we see A Little Night Music (Sondheim) on Broadway. Two plays in roughly a week: unheard of. (And I don’t even really like Sondheim. Perhaps Catherine Zeta-Jones will convert me.)

But this week is relatively quiet, and that’s good news. And that means that I shall take the time to listen very closely to the master of “John Wesley Harding Sings To A Small Guitar Vol I” before giving it my OK. And then you can hear it. Abbey has nearly finished the cover. And the large poster that goes inside.

Any questions? Good. I’m here if you need me.