|Concert Performances: Home and Away|
Page 6Crystal Bay
[Leo sits on a grassy knoll near the water with his guitar]
LEO:You don't develop any social skills with this job. I haven't. When I was a kid I started playing by going up in my room, locking the door and staying there, and I came down from my room it feels like about two years ago. So I'm on the road all the time and I'm basically back in my room. And you play catch-up.Bathurst St. Theatre
For example, it occurred to me one day walking through a parking lot with my son, who was about five years old, that we hadn't talked yet and he hadn't asked any questions and I hadn't told him anything about where he came from, how he got here, etc. etc. And I thought 'I've got five minutes in the parking lot. I guess I could fill him in,' which is a delusion which develops with the job. I said "Joe" -- we stopped by a bumper and I said -- "Joe, do you know how you got here, would you like to know how people come to be, do you want to know what love is about, where I come from?" And he looked at me and he said: "Dad, is this going to be another one of your jokes?"
[Leo plays medley of "The Train and the Gate" and "Vaseline Machine Gun"]
LEO:This was, and has been, my favourite guitar tune for a lot of years. It was written by Duane Allman and is called "Little Martha."[Leo plays "Little Martha"]
[Leo putting on wetsuit and scuba diving gear]
LEO:When I was a kid, I had a friend named Maxwell who would strip for trains. She was in the sixth grade, I was in the fifth grade. We'd go into the bushes behind Pioneer School in Cheyenne. She'd take off her clothes and we'd wait until the train came by, and she'd sort of leap out, I think expecting to stop the train. Of course it was impossible to tell whether anyone noticed her at all.[Leo finishes putting on gear and walks out into Crystal Bay.]
Her need for affection only extended as far as a moving train. But mine on the other hand...what is it, years later, and I'm still thinking about her. I haven't found a friend like that since.
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