Poor Biff’s Almanac — Still Tuesday, Rambling Man, Lanz and Speer
Tonight’s Background Music is provided by David Lanz
Album: Cristofori’s Dream
Best Song: “Spiral Dance”
For those of you keeping track, today is Tuesday. More importantly, it is Tuesday evening, which means that, for all intents and purposes, Tuesday is over. Tuesday gave us its all. It fought the good fight. It left everything out there on the field. But at the end of the day . . . well . . . it was the end of the day.
You may be wondering among yourselves just what the heck was up with that first paragraph. “Where was he going with that?” you may be asking yourselves. And who can blame you? Heck, I am asking myself the same thing.
By now you are realizing (too late to help you, of course) that you are in the middle of some stream-of-consciousness rambling while I fumble around in the dark looking for something to write about. Anything to write about. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I must leave no cliche unturned in my quest for something to write about.
I can hear the rumbling and murmuring as my readers get restless (and restive), wondering if I’m every going to get to something worth reading. I fear you may be disappointed.
Did I ever mention that I got to see David Lanz in concert one time? It was in 1988 when he played at McFarland Auditorium on the SMU campus. I was a big fan of his from his partnership with Paul Speer and their albums “Natural States” and “Desert Vision”. Lanz came to town flogging his newest solo album at the time, “Cristofori’s Dream” (sans Speer). I loved the concert, particularly the song “Cristofori’s Dream” and the way he set up the song with a story of sorts about how Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the piano. But missing from the concert was Paul Speer’s gritty guitar underlayment. It was like listening to an a capella version of a Van Halen song. Still, Lanz is a phenomenal piano player and can really write a good song.
Okay, I’m going to wrap this thing up before it goes off the rails even more than it already is.