Rustin and I have been playing two to three hours a day together. I'm learning much from him, he is great at helping me rearrange some of my songs so they are in a range for me to sing them. Its strange that I have written several songs that I can't possibly sing the key I have written them in, but I am picking up lots from him very quickly. This week, we will look for the 'open mike' nights, and will venture into one of them to see if we can do a few songs. Last time I was here in Austin, I sang a couple of nights, exciting because it was 'Austin'. Like the theatre, I get excited about musical performance, even though I know I'm not the most talented kid on the block. I do, however, have lots of performance 'chops', and always feel confident that I can pull it off, and usually, I can get through some songs in a semi-professional manner. I certainly learned this summer that I am a better live performer than a recording artist. Recording is another world, another learning curve. I did feel better after I read that it took Elvis thirty takes to record 'Hound Dog'. I finally understand why it sometimes takes two or three years to record a record that is really good. Still, Eric, (in Salt Gulch) helped me get my songs recorded, and for the first time in my recording history, I could actually listen to the songs without wincing. It will be ironic if my first record gets completed in Salt Gulch, one of the most remote places in the American west. This summer, I played in Salt Gulch as often as I could, with some really fine musicians.
So, I am getting out into the city and meeting lots of people. As I always thought with LA, give me a year and I'll crack this town wide open. I still believe that, even though I'm now in Austin saying the same thing. Contrary to lots of people, I really liked LA, but felt I could only be there if I found a way to make a living, a good one, as its very expensive to stay there. Austin isn't cheap, but I feel like its 'doable', and the 'scene' here is a better fit for me. So, each day, I try to have a 'plan of attack', following up every lead, and scraping up new ones. Its anybody's guess right now where I will land in a couple of months, still, I'm excited by the possibilities, and I have just as good of a chance as anyone, to 'crack open this town'. There is so much production that goes on in this place, if I can find the right company, I think I could get production work.
Its almost twelve thirty, and if I'm going to 'attack' tomorrow, I better get to bed. Baby is lying at my feet presently, she rarely lets me out of her sight, I think we are have a bond that is for life. I find I love taking her with me everywhere, she jumps right up into the cab of the truck and seems excited to go anywhere I'm going. Occasionally, I have to leave her in her crate at home. When I do, she looks at me from the inside like, "Where are you going and why can't I go?" This dog is an actor! I know that most dogs learn the art of manipulation, but Baby does it with flare, and with me, (even though I'm a pretty soft touch) she has to create some real drama for me to change my mind about taking her, more often than not, she pulls it off. Having a dog is a mystical thing I'm discovering, and its true what I've heard about border collies and kelpies, they make 'you' their job. I find I love her at the dog park, she has an uncanny ability to get the other dogs to play. She's diplomatic and friendly, and has a smile as big as Texas... Goodnight.