By Jessica Glick
It was night. I bared the frigid wind and met him at a small restaurant in the East Village. I opened the glass door and pushed through the crowd that was blocking my way. I found him seated in a booth with his wife. I sat down and then suddenly became aware of my own reflection in the mirrored walls. I kept my coat on as they finished eating. It was cold and we had already decided to find a more intimate setting. They paid the bill and then we maneuvered our way through the cluster of people. Once outside, we all lit a cigarette. We walked in search of a bar and I spotted neon lights across the street. We headed over and found another small booth. As we sat down, I noticed the beer sign on the wall and how its red light flooded our small corner.
He went to get us drinks. She asked how I met her husband and I couldn’t remember. I thought it might’ve been sometime in 2007 when I booked a band he played in with Brazilian Girls bassist Jesse Murphy, called Sounds For Your Hounds, but I wasn’t sure. By the time he returned, I had forgotten to ask if he could recall our first meeting. Instead, we discussed the album he’s somehow found the time to work on while continuing to play with Natalie Merchant, Wax Poetic, Heather Christian, Rebecca Jordan, Sissy Clemens, and a band called California, with Murphy and Aaron Johnston. The album will consist of songs he’ll write based on stories from not only his own life, but also those of his grandfather, Alvin Francis Easthouse. He’ll record his elder, who was born in 1917 and about to celebrate his 96th birthday, and then start the writing process.
It’s fitting that he would choose to write songs inspired by stories from his lineage, as family was an influence in his start as a musician. His father, a guitar player and singer, tried to persuade him into pursuing a more practical career. Instead, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a singer and guitarist as well…
Once we finished our second round of drinks, we decided it was time to leave. We bundled up and made our way to the train. As we headed down the subway steps, I couldn’t help but think about my own family and how they’ve inspired me…
Jessica Glick is a photographer, writer, and music lover. She developed an interest in photography while working at various Lower East Side music venues. Jessica started photographing local musician and has now expanded her work to include fine art and fashion. In addition to photography, Jessica has been writing since she was a child. Attempting to combine her writings with her photo work, she created an ongoing portrait/story series called VAGABOND.