Positively 74th Street

On this day 27 years ago, Georgia and I play an in-store at Rocks in Your Head.  It’s our very first acoustic show, and consequently the first time Georgia ever spends the better part of a set singing.  When we release Fakebook three years later, three songs will date back to that night: “You Tore Me Down,” “Andalucia” and “Oklahoma USA.”  Also on November 7, a couple of benefit concerts.  In 2005, we are among the “others” at Wedrock in Los Angeles, raising money to fight for legalized gay marriage (Torii Hunter sends his regrets).  The response to our performance, even our version of “Hey Paula” with revised lyrics (“Hey hey, Paul, I wanna marry you”), is tepid at best.  Things go better at the I’m Not There show at the Beacon Theater two years later, a concert for 826 National.  With Terry Adams, Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, and Pete Phillips on hand, I sing “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” then John Convertino takes over for Georgia on the drums, and she comes up front to sing “Fourth Time Around” (David Mansfield played too).  (And in Manchester in 2009, scene of Dylan’s so-called Albert Hall concert, we encore with “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” aided by Euros Childs and Stephen Black.)