Archive for April, 2004

Out & About: Coffee talk with Joe Hendricks

Friday, April 30th, 2004

K&K met up with Joe Hendricks for coffee tonight at Fido to talk songwriting and networking in the music business. Joe is a wonderful performer and looks like he’s headed for great things.

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Graham Central Station.

Chicago songwriters on the loose in Nashville!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

I had such a blast Tuesday night. Some songwriting friends from Chicago were in town, and we went to see a round at Caffeine that included Marc Alan Barnette, who always puts on a lively show with songs like “There’s Too Much Blood In My Alcohol Level.” After the show, our friends were chatting with Marc Alan, and he invited us all to join him next door at Tin Roof for a beer.

I’ve met Marc Alan several times, but had not hung out with him — he’s a total nut, and had us all in stitches. He knew everybody in the bar, it seemed, and he introduced us to several hit writers who happened to walk by, including Don Rollins, who co-wrote “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

One of Marc Alan’s friends who hung out with us was Brian Haner, a phenomenal guitarist from L.A. who used to play in Frank Zappa’s band and has done session work for the likes of Paul Simon. He was a great conversationalist — I hope to hang out with him again next time he’s in town.

Out & About: Marc-Alan Barnett

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

K&K are headed out with Bob Osgood and Sam Cornett to Caffeine to see Marc-Alan Barnett. MAB is a mad dog on stage. If you ever have a chance to see him, go! If you’re there tonight, introduce yourself!

Out & About: ASCAP Writers Series

Tuesday, April 13th, 2004

ASCAP Writers Series

Out & About: Writers’ Night hosted by Don Ellis

Tuesday, April 6th, 2004

K&K at Don Ellis’ writers night at Graham Central Station.

Running update

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

In my last post, I mentioned “running at an all-out sprint” in a metaphorical sense. But that reminded me that I should also post about my actual running.

I worried when I first got back outside a few weeks ago that it would take months to build back up to what my mileage was at the end of last summer. My first day back out, I could barely run a mile without gasping. But a week later, I ran five and felt like I could keep going all morning (it’s a far cry from a marathon, but it’s faster progress than I dreamed possible). The human body’s ability to recover is amazing.

I may have pushed myself too hard too fast, though: I’ve been having knee trouble these past few days, so I haven’t been able to run since Tuesday. I’ll be taking tomorrow off too, since we’re leaving early to drive up to Chicago. I’m hoping that by Saturday I’ll be able to run a nice, easy three or four miles and build up over the next two weeks to six or seven. If that turns out to be too ambitious, I’ll settle for a twenty-mile week by mid-April.

And lesson learned: I cannot allow myself to become this lazy next winter just because I get bored on the treadmill. I did a lot of work on the elliptical machines and with weights this past winter, but that doesn’t keep my mileage up. I’ll have to find whatever method it takes to keep me on the treadmill an hour or more at a time, despite the fact that I normally want to jump off after five minutes. The MP3 player in my new Clie is helping — I force myself to keep running for “just one more song.” And then “one more song.” And so on. But it’s a constant struggle, and I don’t have that problem with any other kind of exercise — and I certainly don’t have that struggle when I’m running outdoors.

Anyone have suggestions?