Nov 16, 2010: Making a Life in Music, Vol. 6: "The Opening Set"
Darius and I landed in Dublin at about six in the morning and took a
bus into the center of town. People were bundled against the wet cold
and the sky was low to the ground. A month earlier I’d met Glen Hansard
at an open mic Cambridge, Massachusetts and he’d invited me to come
over and open some shows for him. Taking him at his word, I booked a
flight to Ireland for myself and Darius (at $93 a pop) and headed over
in early January. For the rest of the day we trudged around town in the
rain, getting to the venue about four hours early. It was my first
opening gig and I didn’t want to be late....