Month: September 2005

Ruining a perfectly good night of eating

Ruining a perfectly good night of eating

Last night after a long day of teaching little children how to play the piano, Jacob, Chris and I decide to go to the East Village and eat at this Italian restaurant called Max. Max makes their own pasta and the food is really reasonably priced.

We were sitting besides some folks who were celebrating a birthday and they brought their own birthday cake to the restaurant. The staff told them while they started eating their cake that they weren’t allowed to bring outside food into the restaurant and were asked to put the cake away (I think). Anyways, the one guy was really being loud and obnoxious about the whole thing. I’m only speculating but, I think the birthday guy was a bit embarrassed by the way things were turning out. His friend got out of hand and he just started yelling and was sort being unreasonable and looking like an idiot to the rest of the patrons in the joint. It was stupid and quite honestly I got really dark because it really made me upset to witness that and I didn’t want to eat anymore. On top of the commotion, our food took more than 45 minutes to get to us and the servers didn’t fill our water glasses or check up on us for more than a half an hour.

The food was quite good though. I had their lasagna, Chris had the gnocchi with fresh mozzarella and marinara sauce and Jacob had the black spaghetti with shrimp and spicy tomato sauce. The whole “yelling patron ” thing was a really unpleasant experience and it made it hard to enjoy the rest of my meal. I know that these kinds of incidents don’t happen all the time and I shouldn’t hold the restaurant in a bad light but I guess to industry standards in New York the service was mediocure that night even though the food was good.

The one good thing that Max’s did was they gave us a complimentary tiaramisu and that was really tasty. I will go back to Max’s (like I said, the food was quite good) but for now I will be taking a little break from the place… I hear enough yelling on the street.

The King Is In The Building

The King Is In The Building

Last Monday night 4inObjects had a gig at the 55 Bar and at the end of our first set, one of my musical heros walked in. Nancy King, one of the greatest jazz vocalists alive and kicking some major ass! She was in town recording for Concord records and she came in to see me sing, ME! It was really great to see her and of course I was nervous as hell. By the end of the night we had a full house and it was really fun. I was honoured to be in the presence of such an amazing artist and it was also great to play with my favourite musicians in the world, my friends.

Thank You 55 Bar

Thank You 55 Bar

Tonight I went to the “Thank You Musicians” party at the 55 Bar. Queva (the owner of the 55) is one of the most supportive individuals in the New York City music scene. She helped 4inObjects get a start at the 55 and I am forever grateful. She digs the music and she is extremely generous in everyway one can think of. Every year Queva has a party to say thanks to the musicians and this is one musician who says thank you Queva for being so great to us and the music. I wish there were more of you but you truly are an original.

Feeling Uninspired

Feeling Uninspired

Feeling uninspired lately. I’m also very busy getting things ready in the new apartment and getting the 4inObjects website ready and working on the Restless Spirit Music Series and mastering the 4inObjects CD. A lot on the plate.

Still, I’m starting to build up the courage to start making home-made bread. I’ve been getting curious and I think I’m just going to have to give it a try. It could be disastrous. I’ll definitely post about that little experiment.

Moved and Happy

Moved and Happy

Well, we’ve finally moved and we handed our keys to our other landlady and got the big thumbs up on the inspection of the apartment. I think our landlady was rather surprised at how good the apartment looked after three years. It was sort of sad to leave the old neighbourhood and I will miss it there. I’m starting to enjoy the new hood though. There are gorgeous big trees lining our block and the neighbours seem nice.

Chris and I love our apartment and I just got myself a beautiful baby grand piano which I haven’t been able to stop playing since it got moved in! The piano is a new and very welcomed addition to our household. Since I moved to NYC (about five years), I came with no piano just a keyboard and I’ve been longing for a piano ever since. Now I have one in my living room and I couldn’t be happier. I look forward to numerous sessions and rehearsals and lots of practising.

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