So I got to meet one of my biggest musical influences in San Diego last weekend. I first met Zee Avi at the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia last year. I was living in Washington, D.C. and made the two-hour commute to see her in Philly. This time, I made yet another two-hour trip to San Diego from Orange County to see her perform live again. I love her latest album Ghostbird, which you should listen to if you haven’t already. What a talented performer, warm human being, and unique songwriter.
The craziest part was that she recognized me. “Aren’t you Lily?” she said to me as I waited in line among other eager fans. I mumbled a shy “yes” and proceeded to blush. It was the craziest thing. I was also able to spend some time with the members of her band – all of them gracious and wonderful people. I wanted to take a silly picture with her, and this is what happened. I ended up looking like a creeper who photo-bombed this moment, but I assure you that all silliness was intended.
Before the show at UCSD’s The Loft, I did some exploring in Balboa Park. I heard there was an El Greco exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art. You know me – anything from Spain will get my heart pumping and my feet racing. I wasn’t allowed to take any photos in the gallery (believe me, I tried, and my timing couldn’t have been worse because a museum employee walked in right as I snapped the picture). There were paintings and abstract by El Greco, Dali, and many other Spanish artists.
Yet another artful visit to San Diego. Every time I leave SD, I feel refreshed, and I usually have a smile on my face for most of the drive home – even if it is in the middle of the night.