A couple hrs. of work on Guthrie before noon. More prep on Laura's set at home, not really time for much else before calling a car (b/c I was humping my digital piano) for a 5 p.m. sound check at Rough Trade. Club is well run in the Bowery Presents manner. Ended up with a couple hrs. to kill between that and the set, which I didn't use particularly well. Browsed around the store a little: tempted by Viv Albertine's memoir, but I don't know when I'd find time to read it at present. Walked into the belly of Wmsbg., vaguely looking for a coffee/reading hang out, but just ended up poking around Spoonbill + Sugartown and walking back to see Jennifer O'Connor's opening set. Very plainly arranged g/b/d, effectively framing her rather dark songs and voice, which is the real draw. Nice to see her and her longtime drummer Jon Langmead (who now lives in SF but was out for this and recording), who were present on a Mtn. Goats southern swing several years ago.
Laura's set went smoothly - one is not going to go too far wrong w/ Mark Spencer (g), Jeremy Chatsky (b), Skye Steele (v), and Steve Goulding (d). I F-naturaled when I shoulda F-sharped in "Someday Sparrow," and sat out 1 or 2 of the trickier ensemble introductions, but otherwise held my own w/o, I hope, overplaying. Esp. enjoyed "Kitty Wells' Dresses," "Not the Trembling Kind," + "All The Girls Are Complicated"; played along (minimally) on encore of Jack Carpenter's "Someone I Used To Know," pretty much by ear. Surprised to see Liz Clayton, who didn't know I played w/ Laura; she posted to Facebook during the show about a Mekons stan who was chatting her up. Attendance respectable but not packed out: a Monday. Floated the idea of recording my song for a Game Theory tribute w/ Steve + Jeremy; not sure when I think this can get done.
As much as I like playing, I'm a little relieved that I don't have any shows (and, I hope, few late nights) in November, given the amount of writing that has to happen.
Usual mid-morning writing session, got down what I needed to about the vaudeville qualities of "Do Re Mi" (Guthrie, not Rodgers + Hammerstein). Having difficulty recalling how I spent the afternoon, but I know that I shut down the computer early in the evening as part of a campaign to sleep better, read Mazor on Peer and listened to Righteous Bros. and James P. Johnson LPs - an intriguing tune called "Hungry Blues" on the latter, w/ lyrics about the color line and a writing credit to Langston Hughes. As for the former, the Spector soup is engrossing, but the album (Back to Back, 1965), beyond the Goffin/King "Hung On You" is filled out w/ renditions of "Ebb Tide" + "White Cliffs of Dover" - talk about a singles band.