It’s still cold, it’s still a shock, but it won’t be long before we get Texas back. Apparently, from tomorrow it warms up but at this point, Olivia is still stuck in Houston waiting for her bus to not be cancelled. Thanks to William, Julie and the cats for looking after her, but she packed for three days and tomorrow will be day six. She won’t know till the morning if the bus is cancelled again.
I was in the studio with John and Sarah working on the mystery project, John played some bass and I did mysterious things, but then we felt so mysterious that we went to the supermarket. Inside there were people in shorts, I saw one girl leave and walk into the car park as if it was a bright summer’s day. Another man was dawdling, it made me long for summer, and watching them made me colder.
We were back in the studio for Tess and cello parts. Tess and Olivia were supposed to be at the Itzhak Perlman show, but Tess couldn’t make it either, as she had twisted her knee in a jiu-jitsu move and couldn’t walk. The two who were originally going, the string players, the real fans, neither of them made it, so we gave their tickets to our keyboard player Rich and his wife Kiko – Sarah and I went because Olivia and Tess were going.
Tess managed to hobble into the studio by 8 PM with her husband Connor carrying her cello and opening doors for her. She was OK when she sat down to play but getting from the studio to the live room was a slow process, navigating the step was tricky. Nothing wrong with her hands though, or her ear, and we managed to get cello parts down on two songs – trooper.
We didn’t leave the studio till after 12 and the streets were deserted. It wasn’t just the cold, the streets are usually deserted at this time around here but driving through the rows of houses it seemed like everyone was in bed, hoping for a warmer day tomorrow. In Texas, you can do that and it happens, not true of everywhere.
Music today has been The Ronettes – Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica (1964). They only made one album but what a legacy. The band was a family affair, Veronica Bennet (who became Ronnie Spector of course), her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley (originally performing as the Darling Sisters). They changed their name to The Ronettes when nutter Phil Spector signed them in 1963. I saw Ronnie perform once when I was playing with The Saints at Joey Ramone’s birthday bash in New York at Irving Plaza.