daveB & Duncan
Picture one of your musical heroes - JC Chasez, perhaps - maybe Ashlee Simpson. Now picture yourself as an artist who happens to have a new t-shirt line. Now imagine that you (by hook or crook) or more precisely by knowing the drummer in the band you pass along one of those t-shirts to your hero. Maybe that hero will like the shirt enough to wear it on laundry day or maybe pass it along to a boy or girlfriend. But picture instead, your hero immediately puts the shirt on and wears it for his concert.
Well that pretty much happened to me last night at a Duncan Sheik show in New Jersey. I've been a fan since his "one-hit wonder" days with "Barely Breathing" (a still-favorite shower or karaoke song for me). His next album "Humming" hooked me in and provided some of my favorite songs ever. His "Phantom Moon" album (where he worked with another artist who wrote all the lyrics) put him in the realm of Nick Drake (one of Duncan's heroes). His last album "Daylight" is an under-appreciated masterpiece.
So imagine me almost hitting the floor when he came out for the gig sporting my "me likey" shirt from my new discoskater line. Pretty heady stuff for a music geek like me!
Incidentally, the show was great and I need to thank Doug Yowell and his wife as well as Gerry "Spooky Ghost" Leonard for getting the tee into Duncan's hands.