Preston and I headed to Barnes and Nobles in TriBeCa for a launch event of Dan Zanes and Friends newest album Little Nut Tree. Preston has been a groover and a shaker from way back, so I thought this would definitely be a good event to go to. Plus, if by chance he wasn’t enjoying it, Barnes and Nobles are pretty big open space bookstores – always a good time.
Dan hit the stage with his guitar and a harmonica, from the moment he launched into his songs, he really seemed to be enjoying what he was doing. His music is an interesting eclectic mix of folk, beatnik jazzy tunes with inspirations from the islands (I don’t think my description does it justice!). What is really nice about his sound is that it appeals equally to adults as it does to the kiddlets.
Preston enjoyed the tunes, and was only a little disappointed that the Wiggles were not there. I explained to him before we left that they wouldn’t be, but he’s a stubborn boy and anything guitar related means Wiggles for him.
Going through the turnstiles back at the subway on our way home, we ran into Dan the man himself. We had an interesting conversation about New York, nannies (though he apologized profusely, he also mistook me for P’s nanny), the Upper West Side and Brooklyn. As we were chatting on the C train Uptown I couldn’t help but think to myself “This is the first real adult conversation I have had with someone since being in New York”. How sad is that….Besides, people in stores and Chris I haven’t really had a back and forth conversation with any other adult.
Before he got off the train in Chinatown for the Malaysia Noodle Festival he was nice enough to give me his latest CD Little Nut Tree. It was a kind and unnecessary gesture from a stranger that I really appreciated, Preston and I have already had a little groove.