Had wonderful time at Book Expo America, and books are not dead, thank you, although the landscape is changing rapidly. Went back to my hotel after the last day, took a shower, grabbed my scooter and headed south to Washington Square. There’s always great music and often comics and acrobats performing there. Susan and the Serenaders were doing doo-wop harmonies, a form of music I love.
Then I went over and listened to the Baby Soda Band (below) doing 20s-30s songs. I have a washtub bass I made, but this wooden bass made by Peter Ford is a lot better and – long story made short — Peter’s going to cut out the parts for another one and UPS to me. It has a range about an octave and a half whereas my present one has a 6-note range. I’m excited. Then over to watch two very funny acrobatic brothers who had maybe 150 people watching their act.
The city is like a village on warm nights, with street entertainment in parks, sidewalk cafes, people sitting on stoops.
Below: guy on left is just going airborne. He dove over the five people, went headfirst through a hoop made by his brothers arms, landed on his hands on the ground, and did a somersault.