Thursday, May 17, 2007

Meeting Rickie Lee Jones

A while back, Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny and his friends sponsored a contest where the winners of the best sets of five to go with Rickie Lee Jones' new song "Falling Up" would win the opportunity to see one of her shows and to meet her after the show. Well, I was one of the lucky winners.

Here's my set of five:

Falling Up by Rickie Lee Jones
The Road to Ensenada by Lyle Lovett
Mary by Patty Griffin
Trampoline by Joe Henry
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

I was given the choice of seeing any of Rickie's shows on her tour to promote her new album Sermon on Exposition Boulevard. It turned out that the only show that worked was at the gorgeous Avalon Theater in Maryland.

Great seats, fantastic historic theater, wonderful people and a terrific performance by Rickie and everyone touring with her. I loved every single moment of the experience. And, after the show we met Rickie. You know how you hear about people who get to meet people they've admired and they come away disappointed. I absolutely love this woman. More than ever.

Anyway, thank you Howie for an experience I'll treasure always.

Here's the new video for Falling Up. Enjoy.


DownWithTyranny said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I love seeing Rickie play live and I do whenever she plays anywhere near where I am.


cali dem said...

Howie, it is an experience I'll never forget. I'm very grateful. I've seen Rickie perform twice before seeing her in Maryland (and meeting her!!!). I saw her at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara and in Reno a couple summers ago at the Hawkins Amphitheater. The Reno show was fun because she sang "Ugly Man" about George Bush and half of the audience really liked it and appreciated her political outspokenness while the other half sat there kinda like "What happened to Chuckie's in Love?"