So, Joseph S. Atkinson and I got back from the @amandapalmer book event last night pretty late.
Around 2AM or so.
I'm still sleepy and I know he's tired, since he got up early Tuesday, got to bed late and had to be back up for work this morning. I'm sorry he's tired, but thankful that he went with me and waited in line afterward for me to get all the things signed.
I haven't before deliberately set out to meet a performer or author that I admire and I was somewhat nervous.
On the water taxi to Seattle, I asked J "Soooo, what questions do you ask an artist that you admire?". "The burning questions", he said. About processes, technique, inspirations,how they decided on their name, what it means.
"I don't have any of those questions", I said. I feel like she's very open and forthcoming already and most answers are just waiting in her work for me to find. I'm also a person who is very self conscious about prying into others lives.
In fact, I didn't really want to ASK her anything.
Really when it came right down to it, I just wanted to thank her for being such a great reminder that connecting with others is worth attempting and doing. A reminder that keeping all things to oneself maybe isn't such a great idea, even though it can feel buttoned up and safe, if lonely.
A reminder that asking is ok.
And, I like genuine people. I don't have to agree with everything that they do or say. I don't expect perfection. I'll gladly take a fucked up, transparent, imperfect person over superficially "got-it-all-together" any day.
If you ever get a chance to see her perform live, I highly recommend it. I've heard/read criticisms of her voice/singing and I just have to say that I thought her singing was powerful, her immersion in her art is great to see. There's soul there.
The line was lonnnnnng. At some point @jasonwebley came toward the back of the line and told stories to keep us entertained while waiting. After the long wait in the signing line, I made it to the front, where @kseniaanske (one of the night's guests, a charming forthright woman who writes and gives her writings away for free here: http://www.kseniaanske.com/) was waiting in her beautiful pink ballerina getup, handing out brownie overages and helping to keep the line moving.
Then, Amanda. I asked how she was. TIRED, very tired, but good. Which I expected. After traveling and performing, having wine and receiving more alcohol while signing all of the things, she looked like she needed to be wrapped in blankets and tucked in. And she still had some more fans waiting.
She signed my books and my ukulele. My J took pictures. And again, I want to thank him. For the opportunity, the companionship and the patience. @karmicpixie , I told her that you said "Hello". She said "Thank you".