Touring Italy (pt. 7)

A plan is hatched when Paolo’s friend Benny, who purchased a vinyl copy of “In Her Dream” and loved last night’s show meets us. The plan – he has an old North American cable. He suggests we cut and splice it with a European cable and make a Frankenstein. I don’t know enough to know whether or not I’m making a huge mistake and we’re late for getting to Sorrento but we start the job.
The performance space in Sorrento is owned by a wonderful man named Nello, I liked him immediately. He was an electrical engineer for years and saved his money and started this place as a coffee shop but now it’s an upscale restaurant with occasional concerts. More importantly he puts together the two cables. In my mind an imaginary drum roll commences when we are ready to try it – IT WORKS – I’m back in business! Paolo also has a friend who owns a natural food store who offers me some free shopping. He is the doppelganger of remarkable promoter friend in my Western Canadian tours named Jamie Elder. Jamie formerly had a vegetarian restaurant on the Sunshine Coast where he brought me to play many times starting in ’94. Even had a juice named after me. A much higher accomplishment than the Junos or winning a few Now Magazine Readers Poll. I was between the Sven Robinson juice and the Terry Fox.
The show was perfect. One guy rushes me afterward and asks if I love Andy Kaufman. I get that occasionally, people thinking Andy Kaufman is my big love and yes I did love him but I love a lot of artists and I think we’re obviously from different worlds. What he did was more brave and talented than yours truly. The tools Benny used to cut the cables earlier in the evening he left in a plastic bag, at the end of the night he asked
“Do you still have my treasures?”
What an excellent translation for a utility knife and electrical tape.
Driving home hoping to go to the vintage store which they said would be open. But Stefano and Benny need to stop at 2:30 and buy sandwiches and beer which Benny drinks in the passenger seat. Stefano explains it is okay for the driver to drink too, thanks for the reassurance Stefano. We get to Sorreto and it is closed he disappears into the bar forever. Drunks want to talk to me outside. Beautiful curly haired guy would be swallowed whole by Keith Cole. After every show it’s all guys all the time come to think of it. Like an audition for the Big Lebowski everyone wants to show me how well they can pronounce “fuck”.

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