From the boy in the room Posts

June 13, 2004

The long-dreaded second half of my workshop. Today we have to find a tune for our new lyric, which is looking good. Gary McGath cannot make the session, but has given me some ideas for the chorus. The session takes a while to get going,…

June 12, 2004

Saturday morning, and time for my workshop. I think I was probably more concerned over the workshop than my GoH set, as it isn’t something I do a lot; and of the dozen or so that attend, a few seem perhaps a little dubious about…

June 11, 2004

A lazy morning, after which we drive over to the convention hotel at about midday. Check in – I have a nice suite with a separate lounge and full kitchen. Suites are more common here in the US, but to me, this is luxury. Gary…

June 10, 2004

A day of rest, before the convention. I run through the set, and make some changes to it, as I have just written a new song that will be a good set-opener. Later i the morning, I make some changes to this journal, so each…

June 9, 2004

Last day of my rail pass, so I decide to make the most of it. I think it would be foolish to hit the City centre today – it is blazing hot, and the arrangements for Reagon’ funeral are bound to disrupt things. I head…

June 8, 2004

“I don’t think the bus runs outside the rush hour” says the driver. I explain it does, up until early evening. “Oh well, I can take you to the station anyway”. My driver is taking her granddaughter to a day centre, then going shopping. We…

June 7, 2004

Observation Number 1 I had been told by friends that I wouldn’t easily find out about UK news and world events by reading the US newspapers and watching TV. They couldn’t been more wrong – there were plenty of reports on Tony Blair’s comments on…

June 7, 2004

Having planned to get out early today, I found myself still drinking tea and playing the guitar at 11am. What the heck, I am on holiday. So rather than go down to the mall my guidebook recommended, in distant Springfield, I head to the smaller…

June 6, 2004

The Smithsonian has opened a new air and space museum out by Dulles airport – the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Gary and Sheryl haven’t seen it yet, so we drive out there. There is already a “National Air and Space Museum” on the Mall, in…

June 5, 2004

Went to the Washington Folk Festival, with Gary and Sheryl. Despite being a rainy day, there were still a good number of people venturing out to this event. First up for us was The Chromatics, who sang a mixture of original songs, with a heavy…

June 4, 2004

Stayed in Rockville in the morning, working on the input interface for this journal, and putting in some guitar practice on Gary and Sheryl’s guitars. I am travelling without my own guitar, as with the increased airport security, I thought it was easier not to…

June 3, 2004

Got up at a leisurely rate, logged on to home to check email and post to filk_uk. Took bus/metro into Washington – first stop Union Square to collect my Amtrak rail pass and tickets for my travels later in the month. The guy who served…