Today was a good day.

Today, I purchased five general admission floor tickets for the T Bone Burnett concert in Seattle, which will take place on Sunday, June 11.

And I listened to his new album for the third time.

And in what is promising to be a very, very good music year, it’s going to be hard to beat this brilliant piece of work.

The True False Identity is dark, dark, dark, and enthralling. The man has been through the wringer, and you can feel it in every world-weary line.

The music, featuring Jim Keltner on drums and Mark Ribot on guitar (they’ll both be in his touring band), reminds me a lot of Tom Waits’ Bone Machine. It chills. It thrills. It shakes, rattles, and rolls.

My full review is coming soon.

Oh, and I also had my very first official “author photo” session today, with photographer Fritz Liedtke. In freezing gale force winds. On the beach. Not sure what they’ll look like. But I imagine Fritz now has a whole archive of good blackmail material on me if he ever needs it.

It was nice to get out. I’ve been sitting here at the computer all day every day for a full week now working on this film book, and wow, I need a vacation.

Good thing I’ve got this T Bone music to cheer me up.

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