Monday at the Red Lion was a great night of original music by some of my favorite songwriters. Jake Holmes does a rap called "Prep School Boys” that had me on the floor laughing.
As good as the music is, I love seeing all of my friends from the Village and old NYU friends who come to support the Songwriters Guild evenings. Kenny who runs the Bitter End always stops in. I sang there more than a few times, the gigs were a week long, and it payed $125 a week. My rent in those days was $119 a month. You could actually support yourself as an up and coming songwriter. Kirsten had some new songs as did Galia. The whole night was full of surprises.
My friend, Saad Haroon, a comic from Pakistan, is touring in the United States and dropped by and did a "bit,” or “turn,” as we say in the business. His act is about life in Pakistan, and It's funny and unique. When I was coming up, there were no comedy clubs. The comics opened in jazz clubs—Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley and others. So it feels right to me.
We’re at the Red Lion the last Monday of every month. Come hang out next time.