Okay, slightly cheating here – slightly. I have not (yet) seen a Richard Thompson concert. But boy would I love to. Been a fan a long time – but the last few years I’ve really been hooked, because I think RT is doing some of his very best work now. I was won over (again) by Dream Attic, a brilliant record and since then I’ve been wowed by every new thing – and all of the old things – that Richard Thompson has done. This year’s Acoustic Classics is lovely, a must-hear if you haven’t already.
Anyway, a couple of years back on Facebook, and I’m following this guy called David Witzer – he’s got this website. He posts up signed memorabilia, mostly CDs, sometimes ticket-stubs or posters, but mostly albums. Every day he’ll wish someone a happy birthday, Paul Simon or Mick Fleetwood or Shania Twain, whoever. And he’s always got their signature on an item. He approaches it as a fan – he’s not out to make money on-selling. He loves meeting these people, attending the shows. We’ve corresponded a bit – shared some music stories. We’ve got a few favourite artists in common. That sort of thing.
Well then, something comes up about Richard Thompson, probably me saying that he’s lucky to have the chance to see him (living in Canada as Witzer does). Next thing there’s a report back from the show and he asks for my address. A week or so later a signed ticket stub arrives at my door with a little note.
Magical stuff – this. Especially in this day and age, right? We’ve never been so connected in a sense, but so disconnected also. When someone reaches out like this – and just offers a little something. A little day-brightener. Well, I reckon that stuff is increasingly rare – and super special. Warmed the cockles…
And of course Richard Thompson will be in NZ next year for WOMAD. I have to go. I have to.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.