Post # 1
so about 12 years ago, I fell in love with this band, Black Lab. They had a few hits back in 96/97 like Time Ago on Sony/Geffen. If you listened to alternative in the 90’s, you’ve heard their music (also, Buffy, Can’t Hardly Wait, Varsity Blues, Spiderman, and Permanent Midnight Soundtrack along with various TV shows) Since then, they’ve still be releasing music, but not performing live since Sony went under and they are now independent.
Last September I found out that Paul Durham (the lead singer and genius behind it) was playing an acoustic show in Boston for the Podcamp Conference (tech and social media for small business solutions). I found out on Tuesday about the show which was that weekend, and had my flight booked within an hour. I’d waited 12 freakin’ years to see the guy play. So at the show, it’s a very intimate location, and we get to talking and hanging out afterward. I invited him to the wedding, and his brother (who was at the show) was all about it.
So I decided to send him an invitation when it was time to send them out, and included a funny 3-page write up (with graphics!) about “30 reasons why you should come to the wedding”. That was 2 months ago. He’s got a new album out, another side project that is also releasing an album, and he was just featured on the bullfighter episode of House. I figured the guy was busy. I figured I wouldn’t hear anything back, so no big, right?
Well today, he freaking called me – personally – to tell me he couldn’t make it. He was so sweet about it (I really tried to get out of it, it would be fun… yada yada…) I was completely floored. Paul Durham just fucking called me. To me, it’s like Oprah or the President calling to say, “I heard you were getting married, congrats!”. Totally fucking made my day. and yes, epicness like this warrants use of the f- word.
Post # 3
Congrats. I’d have peed my pants if Rob Thomas called me in the 90’s!
Post # 5
What a great story! That’s awesome.
Post # 8
AWESOME!!! I wanna see the top 30 reasons list!
Post # 9
OMG! hos awesome is that?? Congrats!
i’m so jealous cuz you were capable to talk to him. years back I met Shakira (my ultimate dream) and i was like so in shock I can barely speak ti her, I only say her like hi (stupid me). That happens every time I see someone slightly famous, I just panic! LOL.
Post # 10
so this is me and his brother at the show in Boston
this is the “OMFG I’m in a cab with Paul Durham after the show” picture. Freakin Epic.
so basically my “30 reasons” list was funny stuff like “montana is land locked. No fresh fish for you” and “bring your wife – or don’t! bring your mistress… or your brother, who cares?!” and “let us entertain you for a change! my drunk sister will be entertainment enough!” and “chicks in bikinis!” I even had a picture of our ceremony site, and there just so happened to be a boat in the background. The caption said, “See this guy? He’s having fun. On a boat! This could be you!”
so when he called me today he said he was in his studio and still looking at 8 inches of snow outside. I told him it was 80 here and our guest room is open all summer 🙂
still psyched about it. I have a feeling I’m going to be riding this high for the next month!
also: Circus Lights and Keep Myself Awake are beautiful songs. “I’ll be the tattooed man/you can be the acrobat/I’ll try to catch you when you fall/we’ll be together then like a pair of siamese twins/entwined against the ground/tell me what more can you ask for now?” – that’s from circus lights. Quite possibly the most beautiful arrangement of words I’ve ever heard.
Post # 12
Aww I’m so happy for you!! I’m sure those 30 reasons were awesome!!…Ok here’s another story, I met my country’s president son (in the shakira concert) about a month ago and I still can get over that! whenever i remember I just smile and everything is better (fact: I kind of love my country’s first family, well actually i love them)…Anyway hope you happiness last more than a month, and I’m sure you will always smile when you remember about this. If i was you, I will have that number saved! LOL!
P.S: You look so happy in the picture!! Is like you don’t believe it, awesome:)
Post # 13
also: I brought 12 years worth of memorabilia (tshirts, posters, cds, etc) for him to sign at the show. One day I came home from work to find cd booklet confetti all over the floor (think I might have made a post about it on here actually!) and a very guilty dog. He saw my FB post about it and sent a package replacing the signed cd booklets that my dog ate. How cool is that?!
One of my 30 reasons was that “the dog wanted to apologize in person” 🙂
Post # 14
OMG! Just die with that one! he’s such a nice guy! btw you have him as a fb friend? how awesome!
Post # 15
WOW! Congratulations! I would be so happy to meet someone famous…AND you shared a cab and got a phone call. Score!