Wow! I've been telling tales for many years about the Elvis Costello show I saw back in (egads -- perhaps the early 90s) where he did the same "Spin-a-song" wheel. The best part about that show, though, was that he spent the first half of the concert playing odd, acoustic stuff solo (you know, the sort of stuff that every artist must want to play after 25 concerts in a row of playing their Top 25 hits).
Then, just we'd all resigned ourselves to this being "one of those shows", he took an intermission. When he returned, the big velvet curtains that had been behind him the whole time opened and there was the giant wheel, a lounge set-up (couch, bar) and the band. From there on out, it was All Hits All The Time.
It was the best of both worlds! (Wonder if that was the show that Russell walked out on...?)
Memsy, I had the great pleasure of dining with your uncle once, at his house on Cornwallis, when my friend Daniel was serving as his assistant. To this day I remember the evening, and the vague sensation I had that I was "swimming a bit beyond my depth," as the conversation about literature, history, art and current events swirled around me.
I do remember, however, holding my own on the point that for some people, due to genetics, cilantro (we had burritos for dinner) tastes of dishwashing liquid. :-)
I'm always stymied when I try to explain to folks who are "not from around here" that "spaghetti" was (to me, growing up) spaghetti-noodles-with-tomato-sauce. The idea that the noodles were the spaghetti and the sauce was something different didn't enter my framework until high school or college!
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