Book Launch (and more).
i have no internet at home.
well, i do, but it’s useless. i can connect occasionally on my tablet. that’s my excuse for this taking nearly a week.
i had the book launch last thursday. it went pretty much the way i expected it to - about ten or so people turned up, the music was beautiful, and i read things. i sold a few books, a few people signed the mailing list. that’s the factual report, i guess.
but it was absolutely fantastic. it was so much more than the facts themselves combined. it was the first time i’ve read to more than three people at once (and reading to three people i had previously done only once). it was exhilarating. it was joyous. shit, i was nervous. i was freaking out the day before, and only marginally better the day of. it didn’t help that for the first twenty minutes, remedy was empty. but people came, and they seemed to enjoy themselves. people asked me to sign books. that was quite literally one of the best feelings i’ve ever experienced, and yet it was rather terrifying. stuck, in the moment, trying to think of what to write in the copy of the book this person that you probably don’t know too well is buying. for someone who doesn’t really know what to say at the best of times, that is nerve-wracking. it’s a permanent thing. there’s no removing that message, that signature. so, frightening. but good.
i know i had more to say, but in the week that’s gone by, it’s all faded. so i’ll leave it at that and compose my thoughts for another time.
thank you to all that came. thank you a lot.
anyway. onto more things.
the day after, i went along to the wine cellar to see jed & hera play their auckland album release show, i guess. and holy crap, was it fantastic. their music has always been so stunning, and hearing it live was a treasure.
this will sound contradictory, but i was so caught in the moment i had to sit and write about it.
there are gigs that you enjoy, gigs that you appreciate. there are gigs that you love. but, occasionally, if you’re extremely lucky, you’ll go to a gig where you’ll want to be nowhere else. gigs that make you so extremely happy. you feel like you’ve never been so happy before, like you would rather be nowhere else at all.
and to be honest, i think that sums up the night pretty well. all i can say further is that, if you get the chance, you simply must go see them play. i know they play quite often in christchurch, and there was word of a tour sometime in the next few months. if you can’t make it, at the very least, go listen to their album, live at york st. you’ll love it. trust me.