I did it; I had the honor of playing the Slingshot Festival, run by the tireless efforts of my good friend Kai Riedl...something which has already infused new energy into the Athens art, tech, and culture community, especially by shining our light worldwide as the outside gets closer every day.
My set was a solo with the New Complexity Harmonic Isolator, the Wes Lambe Vo-96 acoustic guitar synthesizer, and the Rick Toone Walrus. It was in Flicker Theater, a listening room I first played 15 years ago or more. Lots of memories amidst the owl themed* brick hall, and a dapper photo of our late friend/personality+ Craig Lieske gently reminding, in view only of the performers, "don't fuck up."
My eyes are closed or focused on nothing in particular for much of a performance, but I felt the support of friends and family old and new in this Athens that many times seems as fresh and full of possibility as it did when I arrived in 1995. Where has the time gone? Into a notion of home.
Tonight and tomorrow I'll attend more Slingshot events, thankful for that subtle turn of perspective prefacing inquiry towards another round, slightly fuller.
*I donated a porcelain owl lamp mine through an informal abandoned property clause to Flicker, but it seems to not have survived the current era. It was a good lamp.