we stayed up Terribly Late and went To a GIG.
it was an event to launch the New Album by the very gifted Mr. Harper Simon and took place at a legendary venue that used to be called Spaceland (nice musical history lesson here) and is now called The Satellite but Once Upon A Time was a 1970s gay-gay-disco-queen joint (cue: shiny lycra catsuits and glitter on the cheekbones, darlings) called Dreams (*sighs* – quelle deliciousness).
the GIG it was completely splendid and melodic and LOUD and guitar-gorgeous and vibrant and rushingly-excitingly and we Stood at the front and sort of got-down (when no one was watching) to the Beat and generally had a truly GLORIOUS time.
mais bien sur!
we had a tiny bit of a Flashback, actually, last night because *looksintomiddledistance* we used to take photographs of bands, many moons ago (when we had a Vidal Sassoon black bobbed hair-do and a tiny blue stud pierced in our left nostril – chic) and stay up Very Late and take photographs at gigs and on soundstages in London’s SoHo where bands were making-a-pop-video (MTV heyday, darlings) and we would take the film (yes, young people, the days of film-in-cameras) and go to Joe’s Basement to wait for the chaps to “develop the rolls” and sit on a stool at Bar Italia waiting with a frothy coffee before rushing over to the Production Office to show them the Marked-up-Contact-Sheets.
ah. heady days of Youth.
this is our completely most favo(u)rite Track by the deeply talented Mr. Harper Simon – he didn’t play it last night (because he was doing the event to say “hello to my new album” but we thought You would enjoy this one because it’s gorgeous and makes you want to get on a bicycle and sip raspberry cordial through a stripy straw and lie around making daisy-chains and probably kissing-a-great-deal.
here’s the Video – click on it and it will let you visit Mr. Harper Simon’s own site.
and Right at the end of the GIG (which was After Midnight and we were Shocked we were still up so Late, darlings) a special guest was announced and a man came onto the stage to Great applause and popped on some dark glasses and we were ever so excited to see a movie star on the tiny stage at a music venue in east los angeles.
but things like That happen all the time here.
thank you Mr. Harper Simon for a splendid evening and best of luck with your new album.
She is juniper and roses
She is amethyst and pearl
And though she makes her home in Hollywood
She’s really just a Berkeley girl
She’s the breeze on Sunday morning
Blowing down a country lane
She’s got the style of Paulette Goddard
And the smile of June Fontaine
And she drives a car in gear
Through the streets of Silver Lake
And the hills are Velcro Park
She is criminal in satin
She is leopard skin and lace
Hard to believe that she believed in me
When I was such a hopeless case
And she knows from love and service
Yes she knows from peace of mind
To be not sinister in purpose
And to never be unkind
And she loves a Tulsi garden
And she loves her rock ‘n roll
And she’s never far from my mind
She is juniper and roses
Guess I’ll sing it once again
And though we are no longer lovers
I know she’ll always be my friend
So if you’re ever right beside her
Drivin’ down the 101
Be thankful that you’re with a Berkeley girl
Who’s beautiful beneath the moon and the sun