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So This Happened...

...and as I was standing there I was thinking about the fact that my first guitar lesson (in 1998) was to learn "Never Said". That one of the first things I wrote in my first book was the chapter about her. That the conversation I had with Ellen about one of her concerts we went to was what started me on writing opera. That the thing that made songwriting school so productive for me was my attempt to decipher and respond to "Exile". That the first artist I ever saw perform in Los Angeles (In 2003) was her opening for the Flaming Lips. There's probably a lot more. It's funny how when you like an artist's work so much over such a long period of time that their work somehow becomes woven into the fabric of your own life by no conscious effort, and obviously without any intention on the artist's behalf.

My younger self probably wouldn't have known how to process any of this at all. I sat in the last row as she started playing "Never Said" and was instantly transported back 21 years to that small guitar store in Massachusetts as I struggled to play two chords in a row. I remembered exactly where I was when I heard "Polyester Bride" for the first time. Someone in the audience asked a very detailed question, I instantly knew what her obscure answer was probably going to be (and I was correct). I remembered hearing the song she mentioned for the first time.

None of this information was shared by anyone else in the room, and yet presumably many people in the room were having a similar experience.

It was one of the weirder events I've been to featuring any past or present Matador artists, and yet it was also one of the best.

Thanks Liz. 


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