Friday Sep 10, 2010

Second Guest Post by Dave Wakeling of The English Beat

Catch The English Beat at the Appreciation Event on Treasure Island on Wednesday, September 22

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If you register for any conference pass between September 3 and 10, you'll be eligible for a drawing to meet The English Beat in person at the Appreciation Event. Learn more.

 

In his second guest post for the OpenWorld blog, Dave Wakeling, lead singer and guitarist for The English Beat, sent us his impressions of San Francisco.

"Uber-European sensibility and pioneer brass tacks, what's not to love about San Francisco? Always wanted to live there, but always kept hostage by sun and sand of LA.

A Shangri-la of my youth, following Bill Graham's productions from afar, but wishing so hard it was like I was there, I got to be in a group and have dinner with him at his house to fill in any details I hadn't already embroidered.

Beautiful color combinations on houses; like the gaiety of English Victoriana before her Prince died and the Queen wanted everything painted black. I always hope there is a relationship, for little survived in the UK.

San Francisco, oddly enough, is a very modest city, considering the amazing cultural and technological advances that have been hatched on crowded freeways that all end in 80, a subtle defense against strangers, as fiendish as the design of any medieval city. Always at the sharp end of change, a multicultural experiment in community and compassion, and like a proven new wine, a captivating blend of rough and refined.

All of this makes San Francisco a natural leader in the 21st century. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius got its kick-off here in many ways. What will come out of San Francisco in this generation to make those dreams come true? How exciting to be a part of this!

Always room for improvement; traffic manners have sadly declined considerably in the past 20 years, whereas they have unpredictably improved in LA. Yes, your horn works! But where de ya think ya from, buddy, New York or somethin'? Get outta here! I have learned that in the eternal competition between SF and LA, this is counted against you, as though your tension is giving you away, and letting the Cali chill down."


Written in the Granada Theater Dallas car park in a tour bus during a thunderstorm,
September 2010

Read Dave's first post recounting his memories of playing at OpenWorld 2007.

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