As people were killing each other in the department stores across America for great deals on toys, toys and more toys, I was taking it easy walking through the snow covered fields above Dietersdorf with a nice breeze, and some pleasant thoughts. There has been so much on my mind since landing in Europe that a walk in the quiet was good for me. Basically, I had the day off because there was no official gig to do but, later in the afternoon, I did have this radio interview and, even though technically it is still work, I generally have too much fun on the radio to think of it that way so, hence, it was a day off! Ok, longwinded, but considering I worked almost every day before I landed and even though my first night, spent laying low in the hostel in Munich, was off, it, well, you get it.
So, my two plans for the yesterday other than the peaceful walk in the fields that in season switch between strawberries and grains, was to return to the studios at AFK Max Radio for an interview and some songs, and to head to this great little restaurant with my hosts, Robby and Linda for the "Schweine Schaufele," which is basically this big, plump pork shoulder with all the fat and goodness served still on the bone with a dumpling and a savory sauce. The Landstadthaus, this little place in Krottenbach (not so little, I guess), serves all the traditional Franconian foods with different meats and fishes and all acts as a part-time cultural center with Franconian folk music performances, some cabaret, and even a small opera review from time to time. I had eaten there before and was excited to return and do my own little Thanksgiving celebration, despite it being Black Friday. Fantastic, and extremely underpriced.
My radio experience was wonderful. It's been way over a year since I have been able to upload any new video to my YouTube channel, something I was nuts about for a little while, having posted little walks, performances, etc., and so, finally, my host Robby Briegel (who is also quite a busy and talented musician in the area) got a camera, brought it along and we made this little video below.
A special thanks to Regina and Sebastian at AFK Max for talking with me, in German and in English, and for the listeners that tuned in. Tonight, I've got to be prepared for one of the wilder gigs I have booked in Germany, the Weisses Ross in Immeldorf (read past blog "On the Train to Karlsruhe" from May 10th). We've got some guests coming to jam and I expect it to be one of the best gigs of the tour.
Thanks for reading this, and if you have been following along, please feel free to get in touch and make comments and ask any questions. I will be doing a postcard blast (remember the real mail system?), so if you want in, send me a message with your mailing address, and you'll get some crazy thing from either Germany, England or France, it's up to me...