The journey to our Louisville show was as much fun as the actual show itself. We started off by visiting my bestest buddy John Kogge in Oxford, Ohio. Julie was getting her ivory-billed woodpecker painting framed by John at his biz, Frame & Save.
I first met John in 1981 through our mutual friend Mary, who told me I needed to meet this guy she knew who had my same sick sense of humor and who played music. At the time I was playing in a dead-end frat-rock band called The Shades (it was the 80's) and trying to play as many gigs as possible. John and I hit it off and I joined his acoustic group The Scratch Gravel Band. We played once a week for the next several years, but it was at least six months before we realized we had the SAME birthday, March 3. John, however, is 12 years my senior. These days, when I see him, I always ask him to treat for lunch since he qualifies for the Golden Buckeye Discount.
WHAS-TV, and the noontime anchor, Rachel, was a total pro. Besides reading the news, she also conducted mini-interviews with about a dozen folks, threw it over to the plastic weather guy, and did voiceovers for the taped news footage.
My appearance was designed to promote a community bird walk Julie and I were leading the morning after our bird club program. I thought I did OK, but Julie and Carol thought I did not smile enough. Hmmm...I forgot that being on TV is like being on stage--everything you do have to be slightly exaggerated. Smiles have to be BIG SMILES. I could only wonder at how tired Rachel must be at the end of the day.
Next we high-tailed it to a quick lunch where Carol regaled us with stories about some of the touring authors she has hosted her really cool independent bookstores, Carmichael's. The best story concerned her hosting of a book signing by Gene Simmons from KISS. All you need to know about this guy he tells in his own words in his famous interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Or listen to the Al Franken story about Gene Simmons. Hilarious.
We decided we really loved Louisville, sorry Lou-vul. And we hope to go back again soon. Great people there, and a lot more to enjoy than we had time for.
It's nice to be home. But in 12 hours we leave for a flight to Chicago--the kids did not take this news well. We'll only be gone overnight, so we're looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home.