From 2007-2015, I was lucky enough to be the Monday live music engineer on WNYC’s Soundcheck. With the wide ranging tastes of John Schaefer and his staff, I got a ton exposure to stuff way outside my comfort zone. But I also got to do my job for some heroes. On the score, Jim James stopped by one day. Unfortunately he didn’t play. Just talk. But I did get to meet him and tell him I’m a fan. Usually, for me, meeting famous people is a let down and I avoid it. I think it’s weird to expect more than the gift that’s already been offered. But Jim James has…a vibe. Like he lives on a better plane. It was like shaking hands with a moonbeam.
As fate would have it, I had to play this song at wedding with the guys a few weeks later. Life laughing at me and giving me a gift at the same time.