A strange day in the studio today, I arrived, they were still setting up – I left. I’m like a doctor on call, I can’t go to the Maldives because I might be needed. Sarah and I went to buy postcard stamps, 51 cents, the queue was short but at the counter, the lady told us they had none. I thought we were at a post office. Sarah dropped me off at the Airbnb and went to another post office, there they had 14 stamps, at the third, she got the balance. I would have thought that having no postcard stamps at the post office (two post offices) would be like a restaurant being out of water.
I stayed in, as I have to in Texas because I don’t drive and have no car, Sarah takes us back and forwards to the studio and has a life and things to do, places to go, people to meet, often to do with us. So as they weren’t ready in the studio, I watched Man U versus Bayern Munich (0-1), Man U out. As I was waiting to be picked up again, I watched a dumb episode of a Netflix show, then Sarah and Olivia arrived with shopping and my ride to the studio. There they were getting drum sounds, so we went for dinner. Back to Thai Thai and then back to the studio to set up my amp and guitar, which took about 20 minutes, short soundcheck, and I was done, back to the Airbnb, that short spell of 20 minutes stopped me going to the Maldives.
Driving backwards and forwards through posh Highland Park where whole streets are ablaze with light, wrapped trees, inflatable Satans (and Santas), green lights, red lights, signs that say ‘Joy’, plastic reindeer, blow-up Christmas cheer from a Texan hamburger chain, hundreds of stars, wreaths, giant leftover skeletons with red hats, nativity scenes, dangling light vines, out of place snowmen in different sizes, sacks, sleighs and blue flashing disco lights which someone mistook for a Christmas decoration. Welcome to Christmas in America, in a city where it doesn’t snow, and in mid-December, it’s T-shirt weather under a warm sun.
Music today has been Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle (1976) in the wake of meeting Gary Mallaber yesterday, who plays drums on this record. The record spawned big hits, Take the Money and Run, Rock’n Me, and the title track.
Music Of The Daze
This first video of Fly Like an Eagle live is two and a half years before the version that appeared on the Fly Like an Eagle album, different drummer, Jack King, later John King, as he moved to rhythm guitar.