October 29, 2004
Seattle, Part 3: Wifi Coffee Bars
I’m writing this from Victrola, a seemingly hip coffee shop in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle. For the first time since I left NY, I’m actually using WiFi! Oh, the luxury. Dial-up = misery.
I’m wondering if it looks pretentious to the natives to see somebody writing a blog entry in a coffee shop, or if this is what people do here. Looking around, I suspect the people here, if they notice me at all, are only noticing that I’m not dressed like them. I’m a bit too old and non-pierced to be here. Now I know how Newman feels in his neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Today has been a pretty easy day. Huw Edwards, the SYSO Music Director, picked me up for a nice lunch and then drove me to my radio interview with Megan Suckys on KUOW, the NPR affiliate in Seattle. Megan gave a great interview, and really put me at ease. I was nervous about doing a 20-minute, live interview, but she made it a real pleasure. We also managed to squeeze three excerpts of my music into the interview, marking the radio debut of “Redline Tango” and “Wrong-Mountain Stomp.”
Tomorrow morning is the final rehearsal with the youth symphony. After that, I think I’ll look around downtown Seattle a little before I head to a discussion at the Seattle Conservatory of Music. A lot of the people attending the discussion are members of the youth symphony, and it’ll be fun to take questions from them and play a little music for them.
Oh good — I just spotted somebody at the coffee shop who is at least 40. I feel better now. Of course, his arms are completely tattooed — but at least he has gray hair.