15 May 1997
Phoenix/Dallas/Memphis - Mississippi musings
Phoenix/Dallas/Memphis - Mississippi musings. The schedulue's tough for the roadcrew, but a routine is developing. A relaxing evening riverboat trip helps Bono wax lyrical on the nature of art.
Phoenix to Dallas to Memphis.
Eight shows down now and some sort of routine is emerging. The tightness of the schedule means that the roadcrew are in hell, but there's hope on the horizon in the shape of the New York multiple shows and more multiples beyond. We are also starting to see gigs disappear - 2nd Philly, 3rd Boston, 3rd London, etc., which is disappointing, but I shall not be brought down.. We'll carry on regardless. Dallas pretty much came and went, then Memphis which was good. Steve and Debbie Taylor came over, and today we did some exploring - Civil Rights Museum & the Lorraine Motel - unrecognisable from when I saw it last in 1988.
Evening riverboat trip which was very pleasant. Drifting up and down the Mississippi as the sun set on us. Beautifully still night, which we watch from the top deck over a few drinks and some idle conversation. The touring party has a chance to relax a little at last. We needed this. Talking to Bono, he was chatting about an idea "Art is the discovery of beauty", i.e. finding beauty in non-obvious places. I like that idea a lot. Finding God in all things. Tarkovsky's 'the purpose of art is to prepare a person for death'. Consequently, your Bruce Weber photos, glamour spreads, etc., - these obvious things aren't art because we already know that they are beautiful, there's no revelation, no discovery. Hence Basquiat, Wojnarowicz - difficult beauty, revealed only by a dedicated search. Into the river of trash. On the boat, beer and sunset, evening musings.