Last night I again hit the open mic road. Wednesday's a good one with The Starving Artist Cafe at 6 and The VFW at 9.
I did a nod to Guy Clark (who died on Tuesday) at "Starving Artist. I did "Black Diamond Strings", "The Cape", "Dublin Blues" and "Stuff That Works". That made me happy.
Then I headed up to the VFW and did my own stuff. I haven't written a new song in years, but just this Monday I did. There's a place here in Missoula called The Oxford Saloon and it's a great place, too. The diviest of dive bars with the greasiest of cheeseburgers and breakfasts and a long history which includes selling booze and gambling during some times in our country's history when those things weren't really allowed.
It's always struck me odd, that this place shared a name with one of the finest institutes of higher education in the world. Then as I got older, it dawned on me, just how many smart people I've met at the Oxford.
So I wrote a song for all of them. There's a few lines being flubbed here, but you'll get the idea.
It's been a hit at the couple places I've sung it. Makes me want to write more.
It's like a lyric sketchbook. So it counts.
Talk to you soon.