May 10: And we were swingin' (like Sonny Liston!)
By Jake Brennan
Day Four of Pop-Ed. Woke up this morning (send the royalties to the Howlin’ Wolf estate for that line) and I was expecting to strike a more serious tone and write about the Dalai Lama’s call for compassion when I was hit with this whopper of a headline: Fight Breaks Out at Boston Pops!"
Are you kidding me? The news gods are smiling down upon Folk Hero Industries. What a headline. The story was a little light on details, so we had to rely on a little poetic licensing. Even better.
We weren't sure who was throwing haymakers at who up in the storied Symphony Hall balcony so we imagined it to be an older, crustier, Pops season ticket holder. Possibly a failed composer. A traditionalist with no patience for Ben Folds Five and his younger, "hipster audience." Somebody who has made an art out of doing the wrong thing in life like, oh I don’t know... STARTING A FIGHT AT SYMPHONY HALL!
You can’t make this stuff up.
PS - A big hearty congrats to our producers at Camp St. Studios, Paul Kolderie and Adam Taylor. Yesterday their Grammys arrived. The actual statue/trophy thingys. They won for the mix they gave to Irma Thomas’s last record. And I have to thank Doug Gessler for the last minute, early morning stage call and Sarah Borges for the makeup job.
Oh, finally... Tune in to WBOS 92.9 tonight at 6:00 p.m. I’ll be doing an interview on the Morse and Laurenti show.