To the L, then the 3, then the 2. To the J, then the Q, then the 2. Maybe walk to the C, hop on the S, then switch to the 2. I could take the L to Union Square then switch to the 5? "Oh, it doesn't run on the weekends," he says. "Ok, well, yeah I'll figure it out," was my answer before putting down the phone and readying my bag.
Every time I go out to film yet another new stranger erupting from nowhere and into the spotlight of my days, the glamor of it all seems to just fluctuate between "Wow, I'm getting and filming a private show here," and "Why the fuck am I still doing this?"
Of course, the small band of people that have come about from this project and have latched on strong enough to be my dearest friends, have all cheered on. "You'll know when you do it," "But you're doing so well. This is what you live for," "Well, if you've been doing it this long, you must have something there." They're the verbal equivalent of throwing ice water at a marathon runner at lap 71 of a race with no end. Some laps, you're full on gazelle-running. Some laps, you're just questioning why the hell you started running to begin with.
My new friend, Billy Libby. The beautiful song, "Bus Ride," you played with Kallie on this video has connected with me more than you could possibly know! I think it was that song, the one I was listening to way before I answered Julia's recommendation and shot Billy an email that made filming this video so enjoyable for me. I read a lot about Billy Libby before our meeting and I got that tiny inkling that we would get along well. Never mind how I much got into his great sound.
He started talking to me about "Your Song, Your Story." A non-profit project where he helps kids write, play music, and eventually aid them in gaining knowledge to produce their own albums. Amazing. It's something that makes me wish I was a child again and enrolled in his project. He moved from Maine to New York carrying this little concept in his pocket, hoping to make it grow in this city where we all come in to do the exact same thing. We spoke a lot about music, our respective projects, living in Brooklyn, money, working, and through all this, I inadvertently babbled out the same encouragement I was being given. "Well, you've been doing it this long. You must have something here. Just keep at it, man," I said.
I really hope he does. A project like his can benefit the musical world so much. I've already pledged my help to him. As for me, I think 100 Wanderer Sessions is slowly becoming an attractive end to all things.
Wanderer Session #71: Billy Libby
Music by Billy Libby & Kallie Ciechomski
Images, Sound, Edit by Kevin de Wilde
Filmed in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, New York