I am...a New Yorker

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Friday, June 22, 2001
Go-Gong Crazy, Oh Yeah!

Listenng... "This Town" at the moment. "Skidmarks on My Heart," "Vacation," and "Head Over Heels" earlier. Appearng... On VH-1 July 20 -- I'll be the dork with the Palm VIIx. Of course, after some new songs, "We Got the Beat" followed and they closed the man set with "Our Lips Are Sealed." The encore was a new song, somethng like "Lollipop Girls." Belnda dedicated it to "all the size 8 plus women," addng "fuck that size 0 shit!" Next, they did a rockng cover of The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." Not only was it a nice tribute to Joey -- but it took me back to age 15 and Sunday nights spent stealthly listenng to Rodney Bngenheimer on KROQ. Fortune... Your heart is a place to draw true happness.

I am...at the Go-Go's show at Central Park's Summer Stage. A friend fnangled tickets and VIP passes at the last mnute. More on that,the Dakota and Strawberry Fields later.

. . .

Last night was a blast! I actually shook my bootyand that's a rare occurence. I stopped short of dong the Belnda dance. You know the one, sort of like the Canadian Durannies do on their seats at the end of the video for "The Re-fle-fle-fle-fle-flex."

It just sent me far, far back nto the '80s, where I belong. Even back before Rodney on the Roq, to my days listenng to 91x on one of the tny transistor radios my grandma gave me.

I realize that, for me, the '80s are very strictly segmented, because I went from age 9-18 durng that decade. So Blondie, the Go-Gos and the Bangles are from completely different eras n my mnd, though the real time frame is 1978-81, 81-84 and 86-89.

I thought it was hilarious that I'd have a lamnate for a Go-Gos show when I never had one for Dramarama. Actually, they were VIP passes, but I don't thnk they allowed after show access. There were free drnks n a special area before the show, but we missed that because Rob had to work late and then rush back to his place to meet another friend. We were gong to see another of his friends perform n "Othello," also n the park, but that will have to wait for another day. By the time we walked almost to the other side of the park to the show and back, we were wiped.

The show remnded me that when I was a young girl, I wanted to be n a band, just like the Go-Gos. They were the first female rock band I knew of and addng to their cred was the fact that they both played their own nstruments and wrote their own material, not to mention the fact that they looked like they enjoyed it immensely.

I've spent a lot of this last year rediscoverng myself, recoverng what was lost, rememberng what was long forgotten. I don't want to be an ngrate for my writng ability, but the other two thngs I always wanted to do were stand up comedy and be n a band.

This last, though, sometimes seems the dream closest to my heart. Surely it is no accident that most of my friends are musicians. It is the universe sayng to me, "Well, duh!"

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