I woke up at 11 and thought screw it, I’m going back to sleep, or I will try. I succeeded and woke past 1 PM, gotta catch up. I was due a slow morning and early afternoon and by the time Sarah came to get us, I was relaxed and ready for the day, leaving the Airbnb at ten past three. We were on the way to the studio to meet Salim and John to discuss the next project and working together up till Christmas. Agghh, Christmas!!!
From there into Deep Ellum for a late lunch where we found the All Good café closed, so where to next, of course, Denny’s. We walked in, Brenda the server recognised us from May and instead of a late lunch, we ate an early dinner before we headed out to tonight’s entertainment at The Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas, a splendid theatre built in 1921. We were going to see AJ Croce, Jim’s son, playing the 50th anniversary of Jim’s death in a plane crash in 1973. AJ was just approaching two years old when his father died.
The show was packed with American music, Jim’s songs, AJ’s songs, soul, blues, and jazzy classics as well as Stay With Me (1970) by The Faces as he recalled being lullabied to sleep with a bawdy song by Rod Stewart as a kid. AJ is an extremely talented piano player as was his band – Gary Mallaber who played with Van Morrison and Steve Miller, his bass player David Barard was with Dr. John for 40 years and his guitarist James (don’t remember his surname) had many impressive credentials. He had two backing singers and he went from piano to Rhodes to acoustic and electric guitars and told engaging stories in between the songs.
We had fantastic seats, 2nd row centre in the pit. After the show, we were invited backstage to meet him. He was really nice and we talked about music and the universe for ages before they had to leave for San Antonio. I also got to talk to Gary Mallaber, who played on Fly Like an Eagle (1976), Book of Dreams (1977), Circle of Love (1981), and Abracadabra (1982). He was on Van’s Tupelo Honey (1971), Saint Dominic’s Preview (1972), and Hard Nose the Highway (1973).