Old Friends . . Of All Kinds, including our Musical Guests
By Helen ~ March 12, 2013
I’m sitting here at my office, it’s a bright, beautiful day. I’m lucky to have a big window right by my desk and I’m marveling at the sky that is so clear today; its that “Colorado blue” (if you’ve never been to our state you won’t know what that means, but if you’ve ever experienced Colorado on a sunny day you know exactly what I’m talking about). Just a day or two ago there was a big snowstorm, with road closings and the whole bit. And today, it’s in the high 50’s and as sunny and bright as you can imagine. Wild how quickly it all changes; this time of year it’s an almost daily shift. And I know we who live here all have terrible spring fever, yet March is our biggest snow month followed closely by April; so it’s a lesson in patience I must say.
I mentioned last week that I’d just gotten back from a three-day program in Petaluma, CA (it was actually sort of life changing for me; check out DNR System on the web if you’re curious about what it is). Nick came with me. Each day, during the day, I went to the 10am – 6pm seminar while Nick worked on Hot Rize songs back at our hotel or visited with pals in Petaluma and nearby Tiburon. At night we got to see old friends who live in the area, including Ed Littlefield (smarter than a whip with a heart as big as all outdoors); his equally smart and lovely daughter Heather; our friend Henri Musselwhite (one of my favorite women on the planet). So great to see them all, I don’t get to do that very often. It made me think a lot about the fact that friends mean so much. A man (or woman, in my case) with friends is one who has everything, to paraphrase that old saying.
Speaking of which, we’ve got some old friends joining us this week on the air, the nationally renowned band Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Nick and I have known these three talented guys since they were just young pups launching their musical career, and it’s been heartening to observe them reach such success over the years. Since the band began over two decades ago (making that statement makes me feel old!), they’ve accomplished a ton: a platinum record, numerous tours playing to packed houses around the world, and movie soundtracks. Sounds fun and romantic, but these guys have worked hard and they deserve it all. It’s great to have them with us, rockin’ the house as only they can, plus doing some pared down stuff as well.
Nicole Atkins is with us this week too. She is a GREAT singer who hails these days from Brooklyn. She’s had quite a buzz going on about her, appearing on the late shows and generally turning heads in the music biz. (In an odd sort of ‘six degrees of separation’ thing, turns out Nicole is friends with our daughter Erika who also lives in that area of New York and who, as a member of the internationally renowned Indie band Au Revoir Simone and more recently as a solo artist, is part of the NYC music scene as well.)
We’ve got a really cool E-Chievement Award story for you, too, a young guy who came up with a way to feed hungry people, then enlisted his fellow college students to help make that happen. He’s young, he’s kind-hearted and he’s smart. Very inspirational.
So . . great music, great conversations (the chats with both our visitors are revealing and smart and – at times – downright funny). I think you’re really going to enjoy this one, its one definitely worth re-airing and bringing back for your listening pleasure.