If you don't speakey the Spanish you may not know the meaning of the idiom I've chosen for this blog title. It literally translates as "once again the donkey's in the wheat," but what it really means is someone is up to their (usually bad) old habits.
I recently learned of some exciting news. I will be receiving a Spirit of Silver Lake Music Pioneer Award at the Silver Lake Film Festival in May. Here's the blurb from the website:
2007 Silver Lake Film Festival Spirit of Silver Lake Music Pioneer Award - Alice Bag
Saturday, May 5, 2007- Jensen Rec Center Studios. In recognition of her continued challenges to the male-dominated worlds of punk and rock, Silver Lake Film Festival is honored to present Alice with the 2007 Music Pioneer Award.
It's amazing how a simple appeal to my vanity could convince me to go against my better judgement. All they had to do was dangle a shiny "award" in front of me and I just started walking towards it, like a burro towards a carrot. Yes, I will be performing a mini-set with Lysa Flores and some guest musicians. The set will include songs from some of my past bands, including one or two Bags' songs. This is the first time that I'll be doing any Bags' songs in over 20 years because they are giving me an award after all and one does not receive awards every day. My only request was that they move my venue from Spaceland (which is 21 and over) to an all-ages venue. If I'm going to break my own rule about not performing Bags songs, I'd rather do it for an audience who might actually enjoy it than a potentially disinterested audience of older club goers who've seen it all before. Not to say Spacelanders are jaded, but no one ever dances there. Not even Keith Morris.
30 years ago, who would have imagined that John Doe, Keith Morris and Alice Bag would be getting awards for being upstanding citizens and role models? I guess you can add punk rockers to the list of things which get respectable if they last enough, right alongside politicians, ugly buildings and whores.