Spend a long evening w the Cuban arranger, Eddie Mantillo @ his loft. Came up w some cool licks for the Nestor Torres songs I am 2 play on.
Later we went 2 Miami Beach + took a walk on Ocean Boulevard. Eddie showed me a guitarist from Argentinia. He is dressed all in black w long dark hair, + plays guitar on the strip. He does a cover of Barcelona Nights, which he has apparently recorded + sells on his CD. Highly irregular + illegal. The ladies seem 2 love him. His persona seems so calculated 2 me. Another reason to shave my head… People have no idea that I basically live under a rock and don’t go out much. When I created Nouveau Flamenco there was nothing calculated about it – not in the music and not in the look. Maybe that somehow shines through, methinks… maybe that honesty is what makes it attractive.
In the air on my way 2 Atlanta from where I’ll fly 2 Miami 2 record w Nestor Torres on Monday evening. I will meet his arranger 2day + will have 2morrow off. I am looking forward to spending a couple of days in Miami!
We arrive in Virginia Beach. Walked 5 blocks 2 the beach. Lots o’ Budweiser signs, college stuff @ every street corner.
Bought a new pair of wrap-around Ray-Bans, because the old pair I bought w Rolf in Minneapolis during the Natalie Cole tour (1992) is falling apart. Had a cup of coffee + returned 2 the Quality Inn. Praticed guitar, read, had dinner w Stefan, Jon + Calvin during which we drank a bottle of Perrier Champagne 2 celebrate Stefan buying a house in SFe, + practiced some more guitar.
It’s raining here. I’m sitting in the bus right in front of the venue. The drops R drumming on the roof, a combination of rhythm + white noise. A woman in whose shop I bought some incense this afternoon came 2 the venue + brought me some sand from a Tibetan Mandala the monks had constructed in this area this year – “This will stop a .357 magnum bullet if used right”.
I’m listening 2 the German band named ‘Jam + Spoon’.
We have been using candles on stage 4 almost a week now. It looks gr8 w the moving lights. Yesterday I found a big stainless bowl which we filled w a few pounds of rice 2day. We’ll burn a couple of dozen stick of incense in that bowl on stage 2night. The LD needs a little fog so people can C the light beams better, + we might as well have nice smelling fog.
We arrived in Jacksonville. I slept until 10am + don’t feel refreshed @ all. The trick is 2 sleep just a little: 5-6 hours a night makes me feel better on these tours. Jon + I found an Espresso place in a mall called “The Landing”.