Folk Alliance

I never liked the Folk Alliance…i only went twice, but i didn’t like it….and really, over the years, i got to the point where i didn’t like music conferences/conventions of any kind…..i just felt that they took money and time from musicians, and didn’t give much in return….so there….that’s where i was…..

This year i was kinda dragged there, and i thought, “ok, i’ll give it a shot, i’ll try to keep an open mind”, and that’s how i went in……and damn, it worked…..i had a fantastic time…it felt like a shot in the arm….a week at the spa…a coffee enema…..just so many happy songwriters all in one place, and all doing what they love…..

and i wrote a song, and i met all sorts of cool people, and i went to the Stax museum, and i ate fried chicken, and i didn’t want a cigarette that bad, and i drank coffee, and i watched my friends Meg Hutchinson and Anne Heaton play in front of a huge packed room, and i watched Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer like 4 times and still wanted to see more, and i hung out with Owen Temple alot, which was fun, and even though i’ve known Raina Rose for like 8 years, i felt like it was the first time seeing her play, and she was awesome, and i had a really nice long conversation about music with Cory Brannan, and that was fun, cause i didn’t really know him that well, and he’s nice, and Troy Campbell and i got alot done in promotiong the House Of Songs, and i think that’s just gonna keep getting better, and i had dinner with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Troy and Dickie Lee Erwin and Tish Hinjosa, and i saw Robby Hecht, and Anthony Da Costa and Rebecca Loebe and Paul Curreri and Devon Sproule, and i had never seen any of them before, and they were all awesome, and i got to hang out with and sing a little with my old friend Ana Egge, and i haven’t done that in years, and i got to see Danny Barnes from 3 feet away, and he still blows minds as always, and i heard young songwriters covering the songs of slightly older songwriters, and that made me happy for some reason, and i saw all my friends like AJ Roach, Nels Andrews, Betty Soo, Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin, Elam Blackmon, Melissa Greener, Will Sexton, Charlie Faye, Noelle and Andre, Jenni Finlay, Laura Thomas, and i got to swap songs with Randy Weeks, and i had never heard him before, and he was awesome, and super nice too, and i had lunch with Rex Foster, and he had some awesome stories about the 60s, and he too was really nice, and i talked with Patty Larkin, and she has kids, and so we talked about that, and she was nice also…..

and i’m realizing i could keep going, but it was just a really good thing for me to do right then, and i think it will still be, and i hope that i get that feeling again…..