i always believed i was born in yesler terrrace, a housing project just north of pioneer square, where seattle's native american winos congregated. bu ti was wrong. my older sister was born there, but i owcame along, my dad had rented a house in ridgecrest, right across the street from the crest movie theatre, which i patronized without parental consent at ages 3 and 4. on my 55th birthday, i played my weekly sunday night set at the rainbow, a music venue that had been seattle's best place to hear music in the 70s and 80s. i had opened for scarlet rivera there and later fronted the first punk band to play there, for my birthday show in the now delipitated drug house, i planned a free jazz trio but the drummer showed up without his drums, so violinist toni marcus and me playing electric guitar in the james blood ulmer tuning, went it alone. the violin/guitar part here is live from the rainbow July 2, 2006. and i added the piano part yesterday. for those who dont know toni marcus. she started as a child prodigy on the jack benny show, played the violin solos on the officer and a gentleman soundtrack, and recorded and toured with van morrison from 79-80. she has done a lot more than that including playing for the whirling dervishes in turkey every year,
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