I spoke at Wild Goose Creative’s Third Thursday event last night. I had a lot of fun. I hope other people did as well. I’m thankful that these geese are honked off enough to do something substantial and meaningful by bringing Columbus artists together to talk about the creative process.
I knew maybe a third of the people, and had no idea who the other two-thirds were. And not knowing one’s audience can be both a daunting and a freeing prospect. I’m used to giving my spiel at Christian colleges, where I can usually anticipate questions such as “What are the five rules we can use to determine what Christians should listen to?” and “Amy Grant – Angelic Ambassador or Spawn of Satan?” It was actually refreshing to talk about music as music, and to be able to scrap the whole “get out of the CCM ghetto” exhortation.
I talked about Radiohead. Everybody knew Radiohead. Amazing. I talked about many other things as well, and played some music, and fielded a lot of good questions. I had a blast. I also met a guy who calls himself Hayseed, who wanted me to listen to his albums. This isn’t that unusual at these kinds of events. He told me that Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris played on his albums. Sure. And then I listened to the albums today, and they do. Cool. He also told my wife that she looks like Emmylou Harris, which she does. Lucky me. She can’t harmonize worth a damn, though.