Typically, when a musician or actor tries to keep a tour or ‘from the set’ diary online, it doesn’t last very long. They stop for the same reasons anybody does–they’re busy, they’re lazy or the online diary just doesn’t do it for them. I first read David Byrne and Zach Braff’s weblogs some months ago, and wondered about their longevity. I’m pleased to see that they’re still up and running. In particular, I admire Byrne’s honesty. Here he talks about nerves before giving a presentation at a gallery function:
I was really nervous. I sat with Hurwitz a bit before I went on, I was dressed in a black suit and tie so as to both blend in with the art collectors, museum directors and corporate CEOs and to play the part of the “expert” during my talk.
I was also worried because a man on my right, an author, had never heard of Power point. Maybe the CEO had underlings to do their Powerpoint and the artists in the room would never have had any contact with it, as I didn’t until a few years ago.
There are plenty of other exceptions, of course. The Cowboy Junkies have kept tour diaries online since 1999. And didn’t Sir Ian McKellen keep fairly extensive diaries from The Lord of the Rings? Regardless, he (or his letter-answering assistant) has infinite patience for stupid questions.