Monday December 9 2013

Amy Judd. (1)[i]

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In a sanctuary in some random Russian city. People are waiting for the show to start. I'm responsible to set up the sound system. There's a lot of trouble when I find out they've only got two XLR cables and only one microphone is working on stage. The piano player and guitar player aren't even plugged in. The whole situation is stressful.

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Waking up at 1:12 p.m.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Orange Grapefruit Juice.


Grilled Cheese with Tomato. Popped Potato Chips. Maple Leaf Cookies. Honey Green Tea.

Exercising and lifting weights.

I decide to check out the Seatack Rec Center off Birdneck Road since the Great Neck one I know doesn't have the gym open for basketball. There, I find a bunch of kids throwing the ball around. I get my kicks on – playing a little 1-on-1.

Kale Salad with Carrots, Tomatoes, Cranberries, Arugula, and Dinner Rolls.

Watching Salinger (2013).

At the storage unit. Ana meets me here. I turn on the PA system and plug in my guitar; we sing and practice songs together – working on a new cover, "The Funeral" by Band of Horses. I still feel I'm a little bossy and harsh when we practice. After every take she walks over to the futon couch and relaxes. She mentions she's just not used to practicing songs over and over again like this. I am but she's not. She understands it's necessary cause in the end we'll flow through music so naturally.

Back at the house. Sharing Maple Leaf Cookies. I sip on a Peroni Beer as we watch things on Youtube. Later, in bed settling down underneath the covers I encourage her to read a 3-page letter she composed for me that was meant to help gather her concerns and thoughts all in one piece. Of course, she's hesitant as she glances over her writing. She thinks it's silly and has too many words. I assure her I desperately want to hear what she has to say. I keep pushing for her to just read it. This was the plan to begin with. Eventually, she allows me to read it out loud. Her handwriting is a mix of print and cursive so sometimes she has to help me decipher a few words here and there. I really respect her desire to be constructive in this relationship, to seek solutions to problems. Her heart is genuine and without vanity, something that I think is hard to find in people.


[i] Amy Judd.

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