Seriously, it was an experience. Thirty or so people, sitting on the floor around a small room in the ready room of a recording studio. Mike Doughty sits just right there on a padded piano bench and rips out tunes on his acoustic guitar.
Between a small set of songs, he asks for questions and we chime in. You can tell he's a little cool at first, not having a feel for all of us in such close quarters. But after those questions, it started to roll out. It was both a show and a conversation, and I have mad respect for his art. You can feel his fervent investment into that art, too. He treats it both like a job and a hobby. The sweat of discipline with the joy of your passion reflected back to you from all of us.
It was a good night. After he warmed up, that conversation was lovely and personal. He's a genuine guy who sees no reason to pollute what he loves by simply "cashing in" on it.
I never expect to have an experience like that again. I hope for it, but don't expect. Even buying the audio copy of the moment seems pale, but I'll take what I can get.
And, thank you , for taking me along to see one of your favorite people perform. :*