* I tipped a street musician across from the Star Bar * I bought tickets from a scalper at the Tabernacle * I sat around MJQ waiting for a show to start * I wandered around upstairs at Wonderroot * I showed up late to Lakewood Amphitheater * I was too young for Dotties * I lived near Northside Tavern * I walked by the Glenwood and kept hearing bands playing * I watched a band play at a converted airplane hangar * I played a show at a converted auto garage
It's reverse in Atlanta. There were times i looked around and saw no white people. Back then, i didn't care. But one time an old lady did. She talked, then stared at me with pure hate. What was i going to do? Old lady went off the rails.
I used to drive by an old recording studio. Way out in the country. It was abandoned years ago, and the building just sat there unaltered.
I got out of my car once, put my hands to the window, looked in and saw all this old equipment thru a half-open door.
I used to think about buying the studio, not changing anything, and just living on the inside.
I never did, because I didn't have the money. But it brought rise to the "one day, I'll....." feeling inside me. That optimism. That want.
Years later, I went back to the location expecting to see the old "Recording Studio" sign and think about buying the place again. But as I drove up, I saw the sign gone and everything on the inside removed. It was just an old building with a "for rent" sign in front.
I used to go there to relax. To try and get away. Recently, I saw a live shot of Piedmont Park on the news. I don't remember the view of the skyline. Guess I was laying in the wrong spot. Staring at the clouds or something.
* I saw a band in heaven at the Masquerade * I saw a band in hell at the Masquerade * I pogo'd to a band at the Roxy * I pogo'd to a band at the Cotton Club * I got my car towed at the Variety Playhouse * I saw an interesting show at Eyedrum * I saw a great show at 529 * I snuck into a show at Eddie's Attic * I never went to 688 * I remember Squaresville was just a house * I stood in a tent at Music Midtown * I stood in line at the Echo Lounge * I went to a taping of Live at WREK * I had nosebleed seats for a show at the Fox * I finally made it to a show at the Music Room * I wish there were more places like the Neutron Bomb * I liked Under the Couch * I initially thought the Earl's layout was confusing * I liked Lenny's better at its original location * I decided not to go into a show at Union EAV * I was one of two patrons at the Somber Reptile * I played a show in a parking lot.......in the West End