DRIVE IN MOVIE.
Effing magical. I sat in the back of a pick up truck (!?!?!!!!) in the middle of a field with other pick up trucks and cars and watched two movies, one after the other, scoffing popcorn. As a kid growing up on the Isle Of Man, this seemed like the very definition of Americana. Far off and exotic, a hot and humid night, with your 'gal by your side - like from the movies themselves. Pretty sure I even fantasized about it being in black and white too.
I can now confirm that it is all of this. Except in COLOURVISION. Sorry to my lovely American friends, but I shall always put a U in colour. And harbour.
This and another fantastic experience just made me stand back and pinch myself. I just got back from some serious recording in Seattle. My producer, Steve Chrisanthou, is from Yorkshire in the North of England. During the session he turns to me with a big grin and says "we are recording in America." I immediately (and inwardly) checked myself "holy shit".
If I could run into a 13 year old me and tell him this is what i'd be doing in 12 years...
My dream at 13 was this. I would walk down to the local youth club where they had an electric guitar. Not say a word to anyone. Just march in there. Pick up the guitar, plug it in and let rip with the lick at 2:23 in this video;
Then walk out. Right out the door.
"WHO WAS HE!?!" They would yell, although I knew this was impossible as I grew up in a small town where everyone knows everyone else.
"HE WAS LIKE SOME SORT OF MASKED GUITAR MAN, HE CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. I LOVE HIM" It would say on the news as they gave eyewitness accounts of my triumph.
I would be around the corner sniggering with pride.
It was never going to either. Ridiculous. But here I am 12 years later and I am filled with the same boyish excitement about music, about being a musician. About being in America. I looked at my cat this morning and actually thought to myself;
"you are an american cat"
"you have never been to where i am from"
"you don't even leave the apartment"
"you even have an american accent when you meow"
"alright, alright I'll feed you..."