Los Angeles, CA, February 19, 2010
Kasey Anderson | February 21, 2010
To me, you either love Los Angeles or you hate it. I don't know anyone who has vanilla feelings about the city. There was a time, not long ago, when I found myself in the latter camp. But, the older I get, the more often I visit, and the more I find the patience to seek out likeminded people, and the abundance of art and culture available, the more I find myself very much enjoying Los Angeles.
Room 5 is a great little listening room located above an Italian restaurant (Amalfi) on North La Brea in Hollywood. I last played there five years ago, but very little had changed over the course of the half-decade away. Still a great staff, still very good sound, and still an audience who listens. That's all I'm asking for, no matter where I play.
Just the ability to address an audience directly, and communicate, was a refreshing change from the last year's worth of gigs in Germany and throughout Europe. Those audiences, while fluent enough in English to understand lyrics, were not responsive to any sort of pontification on the songs, which - as someone who writes songs that lend themselves to a dialogue - was incredibly frustrating. So, just the ability to make an offhand joke and have an audience get it immediately was a nice change. Something I had been looking forward to.
I appreciate everyone coming out, listening, and hanging around after to catch the other bands. I'll see you all again Easter Sunday at Bootleg Theatre.