This installment includes Henry's musings about LA rain, hanging out with Alyssa Milano and Booker T (for charity), and his annoyance with cynicism in others and in himself, plus the awesomely annotated playlist for his KCRW BROADCAST #86 for tomorrow, Saturday 10-23-10. For more details please visit KCRW.com and HenryRollins.com]
How do you feel about our recent weather? Have the last few overcast days been a welcome break from the relentless scrutiny of the sun? It has for me.
To be able to see and hear rain outside my window, to get a momentary break from constant glare and sustained heat is quite to my liking. So, for at least a few days, we have what could be considered a season.
Perhaps it's just my bad luck but I always seem to be behind drivers who don't use their turn indicators when changing lanes. Cops and taxi drivers are the worst. The wet streets don't do much for anyone's driving skills, either. The rain, and that everyone has to deal with it, makes Los Angeles seem more analog and less digital. I wish we would could have one or two days like this every month.
A few nights ago, I was at the Drop In The Bucket fundraiser held at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Drop In The Bucket drills water wells and builds sanitation systems for remote villages in Sudan and Uganda. They are the real deal and are saving lives in Africa every day.
My job on this night was to greet the audience and bring the keynote speaker, Alyssa Milano to the stage. Besides all the acting she has done, Alysssa has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for humanitarian causes all over the world. She spoke briefly and then brought Benson Deng to the stage.
Deng, is Sudanese and co-author of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan. His back story would blow your mind. He spoke with a humble eloquence that you wish you had even a teaspoon of. He talked of seeing people die from drinking contaminated water and told a story about the first time he saw water come from a shower head, which was in America almost a decade ago. He didn't understand how the water could exist behind a wall. He could have spoken for an hour and no one would have moved.
Also at the event was Booker T. Jones of Booker T & the M.G.'s. I shook the hand! Some of the Drop In The Bucket team will be making a trip to Uganda and Sudan next month. I will be going with them. Perhaps I will be able to write you from there.
Going to an event such as this one and seeing that there are people, a lot of them in this case, who are concerned, who are trying to make a difference, combats the cynicism that can sometimes builds inside me if I am not careful.
Cynicism is at this point for me, intellectual sloth and cowardice. It is a convenient way to stop dealing with things when I am tired of getting to the truth of a matter. I push back against it as best I can. I win some and lose some. The Drop In The Bucket event knocked my inner cynic on its ass for the time being. http://www.dropinthebucket.org/
Thank you for the kind letters about our weekly get together here. Below, you will find the notes for this Saturday's radio broadcast. It's a great one. Please tune in if you can. Until next week, thanks for reading this and hang in there.
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10-MIDNIGHT - MARIO 'THE CONQUEROR' COTTO
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PS: KCRW is going to pull a Halloween gitdown on the 30th of this month at the Park Plaza. http://www.kcrw.com/events/masquerade-2010. Among other great K jammers, I will be playing music from 1215 to 0115 hrs. at this event. Should be good until I go on.