I also had a wonderful lunch with my Mother, Gerry, who always generates great conversation and gives me such a sense of pride. She is the reason I am up and blogging, and I have to say my greatest influence as a writer and performer. I'm sure many of you are aware of her blog, and although we don't always agree, her sense of conviction and integrity is stellar. Her discipline to write and generate conversation is unmatched, and even more so when you meet her live. She is an inspiration and true writer. In fact, it was Gerry who planted firmly the idea of doing this play to honor the memory of my Father, and to help me heal from his disappearance. She has been the source of much of the history written in the play, her spirit planted firmly in the core of the play. Thanks for lunch, Mom.
Tomorrow, I will leave for Los Angeles, where I was born and partially raised. Tomorrow, I will firmly head to the latter part of my latest and newest transition. There is a great song about LA by Counting Crows called 'A Long December' , which I love to play. Even though it has a sad melody and message, I heard it as I was laying in the hospital bed after a major surgery, and right after my Father had disappeared. The month of December changed forever for me, and it will always recall those days of waiting and searching.
I sent the play, 'Bohemian Cowboy' to the director of the play, Kurt Brungardt, who I always look forward to working with. He always has the sense of the adventure of doing a play, he will arrive in Los Angeles right after Christmas. Then the rehearsals will begin!