Some of you may have noticed i posted an interview with a true Bluesman Jake La Botz over in the Bar None. What that has to do with this blog is two-fold.
Firstly, he is thirteen years sober which means he is not only a testament to just what kind of promises can be fulfilled in Sobriety (6 albums and a film career), but (and vastly more important) he is living breathing proof that sobriety is cool.
Secondly, i was able to do the interview face to face, while sober.
Had i been still drinking, i would have drunk a couple beers first to loosen up and get some liquid courage before starting, then i would have had a couple more during the interview to keep the edge and by the end i would have been sloppy drunk and while Jake is too much a gentleman to have said anything, he would have thought less of me and maybe not shared as much. Plus i would have thought less of myself.
As it is, we were two sober people hanging out and enjoying good music and good conversation. i may just be a little cooler than i thought…
i went to a blues concert last night by Jake La Botz, a man who partied his demons to death and came out the other side with a sacred clarity that is so scarred it’s poetic.
While the show was superb, the thing i didn’t like about it were the drunks. The gig was in a cafe here in Yeaman and most of the patrons were either too young to know the blues or too drunk to feel them.
Then, in a moment of clarity, i realized that this is Live Music. It also explains why i prefer to sit at home and listen to studio recordings through my headphones; still, in a live concert the noise and the talking and the mistakes are all part of the music. That’s when i understood that Life is “Live”. That even if i want Life to be a pure and flawless studio recording filtered through the bubble of my headphones, Real Life is full of noise and mistakes and surprises. And all of it is part of the music.
Here’s Jake La Botz singing an apt song for this blog, “Lay Down The Bottle”.
Also, i interviewed him for the Bar None, so be looking for that soon.
PS Thanks are owed my wife, Celeste E Hall, for her permission to use her great photo!