Okay, here we are on April 2 and I’m keeping my promise of writing every day in April.
I went to Hill’s Cafe tonight for the music series. I had expected not to go at all because, why should I? Why should I support a radio station that let me go? But a few days ago I reexamined that. I thought about wearing a signboard in front of the place that said, “I’m still unemployed” or play my accordion outside with the open case waiting for tips. Then I pared that down to a t-shirt that said, “I need a job.” Finally, I just ended up going . . . but with a pile of resumes in my purse.
I’m glad that I went. It was quite a relief to not dash over at the last minute after barely getting off the air and to be responsible for things kicking off at the right time. There was a LOT of anxiety in those five years of that role. I don’t miss that anxiety at all. I ran into a lot of friends tonight. I avoided a few people, too. So, if you say to yourself “Hey, I didn’t see Janice!” then you very well could have been one of the ones I avoided! ha. I doubt it.
What was really interesting was seeing people that DIDN’T know I was fired. I saw Deek Moore, a fine Austin police officer. He had no idea. There were some listeners that stopped me to talk and wondered why I hadn’t been on the stage and didn’t know. (well, I guess technically they aren’t listeners, they are more just concert-goers). The drummer for Wade Bowen said it just didn’t seem right that I wasn’t on stage introducing them. And Wade said it felt awfully weird to go to the KVET studios and not be interviewed my me.
Eric Raines did do a fine job and I was glad to see him. He is a dear friend and we were friends long before KVET came into my life. I know he’d give a lot if I were still there and he didn’t HAVE to play host on Wednesday nights and extend his day from 14 or 15 hours to 20!
It was fun to see all the celebrities that show up at the music series–especially on the first night. Django Walker was there and I hadn’t seen him in ages. We talked about how he is about to kick it into gear and play a lot more–soon. There is a Momo’s gig for him on my calendar.Â Kevin Fowler and sweet wife Gillian were there. He just got a new management team and I think some amazing things are going to start popping for him now. The woman that I want to be my gal Friday, Sarah Blincoe, was there and it was great to see her again. She is the more organized, efficient, on-the-spot woman I’ve ever known. I wish some of it would rub off on me. Ryan Turner was there and is about to move to Nashville. His road manager, Marshall, is now road manager-ing for Darren Kozelsky. This business has lots of changes all of the time. Jason Boland’s manager Corey McDaniel was there. He’s always fun. Katy Lytle was there and I’m sure I’ll see more of her Sunday at the Gruene With Envy awards. I was putting in the fix on receiving the Best DJ award. We’ll see Sunday if I succeeded. Chad Kudelka from the booking agency AUE and his nice wife and sweet baby boy. I was happy to see Scott Fisher of Fox News. He was our weatherman at the music series all through last year and was, without a doubt, my favorite TV weatherman to work with. He was fun. He still is fun. Nice to see him back at it. I feel like I still see him regularly, since I see his weather on TV. I told him I know how that feels when people say that. Too many friends would always say, “Well, I feel like I talk to you every day since I listen to you!”Â Now they say, I read your blog so I know what is going on in your life. That doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t call!
I enjoyed seeing the people from KVET that I enjoyed working with:Â Mike Pirtle (who had pictures and videos of his twin boy/girl . . . adorable!), Courtney Mallory, who got the axe just about the time I did, Justin, the young intern who was with me at just about every Wednesday night bar remote and many of the Austin Boats and Motors remotes, too. He’s one of the good ones. And it was nice to see the KVET sales staff, too, though I had to let a couple of them know that NOT calling me when I got let go was not acceptable.
I’m sure I left out some folks that I enjoyed seeing tonight. There were lots of people there and I actually did pass out my resume to many and my card to many more.
Oh, and the music? The music was very good, too. The Casey Donahew Band was the opener. I’ve heard of them, but had never seen them and I enjoyed their set a lot. They played the Band’s “Up On Cripple Creek” which I enjoyed. I didn’t get to REALLY listen closely to their set, which is always the bad part of these shows, but I liked what I heard and the energy with which they delivered. They are hugely popular in Fort Worth and I’m glad I could get a taste of the reason why.
And Wade did a wonderful job. His voice has that distinct sound that crisply delivers a lyric. And he writes beautiful lyrics. I found a good spot in the back where I really could hear well, though I couldn’t see, and I enjoyed hearing his familiar songs.
I said one of the nicest things about going tonight was that I could leave any time I wanted! But, as it turned out, I didn’t want to leave and, even when I tried to beat the crowd by a few minutes, I ended up visiting with policemen Deek Moore and Randy Ballard and finding more folks to say hello to (and give a resume or tell what I would like to do!).
So I guess the biggest thanks goes to Cheri Fox of Hill’s Cafe who makes it all fall together so effortlessly each week and to Marsha Milam who books the music series and makes it have the great performances from week to week.Â It is those two that made it so easy and fun to do what I did the last five seasons and they made it easy and fun tonight, too.