Buffalo marvels at my ability to eat fritos, send an email and board a plane at the same time. It’s the first international flight I’ve taken where they didn’t give you free alcohol. It feels like the end of an era. I can imagine myself telling my grandchildren about how civilized flying used to be, back when you’d ask for red wine with you dinner and they’d give you two of those mini bottles… just enough to help you sleep on a overnight flight. I liken it to the stewardess/flight attendant change over. I’m all for PC titles, but the glamour is gone. Buffalo was equally disappointed. Seeing as I had a total of 7 hours of sleep logged in the 3 nights leading up to our departure, it wasn’t a problem sleeping. I woke up just in time to watch the big ending of “School of Rock’, which made me cry (I caught Buffalo with watery eyes too) and have my vegetarian breakfast, which came before everyone else’s. I love that trick. Funny thing, was everyone else had a vegetarian breakfast too, just a completely different one.
I am officially famous in the village of Marchwiel, Wrexham. My face took up the entire front page of the weekly entertainment guide in the Wrexham Evening Leader. They interviewed Buffalo’s dad for the feature. A 15 year old drummer, singer, guitarist showed up on the doorstep of Buffalo’s parent’s house for an autograph. She brought a friend as back up who just stared and didn’t say anything.
So the gig… I had absolutely no idea what a thriving music scene there was in Wrexham. We opened for 2 local bands – Leaving Isaac’s Shop and Camera. The drummer from the first band is the brother of the bass player from the next. Laura, who was managing the club has a band called Mooi and many of the players from the two bands last night are playing on her much anticipated EP. The incestuousness of a genuine music community. They were great bands. Refreshing, so British, true musicians. Camera was really, really tight. I found out, they had just played an enormous Tsunami benefit at the Millennium Dome in Cardiff, so they are just starting to really get recognized. Someone said they’ve been together for over 10 years, maybe 12. We all traded CDs. What’s really exciting about meeting all of these artist as I make my way around, is that I’m building such an eclectic indie library for my side job as a music supervisor. I have some other projects coming up in the TV/film world and I can’t wait to use all of this music. It is just amazing how much music there is. There is no end to the # of totally unknown people making really good, radio quality music and it’s all because they can’t help it.