Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Rainy days and Mondays

It's not rainy and it's no longer Monday. I tried to post this yesterday and blogger.com kept crashing on me when I went to upload the photo. So let's see if it works today.

Last Thursday Brian was playing at Brussels Bistro in Laguna with Elaine Miles, his every Thursday night gig.

Paul's wife, Mariana Williams, and I had been emailing a bit. She's a writer and was given my book. Turns out she's married to Paul Williams who wrote many wonderful songs, including "Rainy Days and Mondays," a Carpenters hit. We decided to finally meet. And because Brian and Elaine are major fans of Paul Williams, we decided to converge on Brussells--Mariana and Paul, me and Travis.

It's great when you not only have admiration for someone's talent but for them, too. It was a wonderful evening.

I asked Paul where the song, "Rainy Days and Mondays," came from. He said his mother had come to live with him in Hollywood where he was getting acting parts, but on this particular day was an out of work actor. His mother was moving about the apartment and he heard her say something like, "Nothing to do but frown," and the song began finding its way to paper.

I'd love to have him on the show, to talk about songwriting. Songwriting mystifies me. It's the one form I've never quite gotten. I've written poetry--and still do on occasion--but it's just not the same.

Even Travis had a better time than he expected, though the only food he liked were the French fries.

(I'll post a picture when blogger.com stops crashing on me when I try...)


bigjay said...

Yup - a good lyric is like a whole book. How about - "the things that you're liable to read in the Bible..." or "tired of living but feared of dying.." Well, you get the idea

Paige said...

Paul Williams, now theres a name I haven't heard in years. Look forward to seeing photos.

~jolene said...

Paul Williams...so cool...how can you not LOVE someone who penned the lyric..."love, soft as an easy chair...."..Evergreen is one of my all time favorite Paul Williams compositions!

Deborah said...

I love meeting people this way, just so. It's like a gift.

Catherine T. said...

Funny, one of the first class meetings we had at U of A in the intro to poetry class was discussing poetry versus songwriting. I can't really remember the particulars but perhaps I can dig out my old notes...