Hey all, my friend Adam Bird is doing a really cool project. He’s calling every single contact in his phone book and catching up with them. From being in bands and touring he’s gathered over 600 contacts and really is calling all of them (even Apple, Inc). Be sure to check it out, cause some day soon he’ll be calling me and I’ve been trying to think of something absolutely ridiculous to start our conversation with.
Fitting that Day 1 is Leap Day huh? I decided to mark the occasion by making a bunch of calls in order to reach at least one person who would be surprised to hear from me. I was successful. Please feel free to leave comments, and suggestions for how to handle future calls or reports as this blog continues. Here’s how it went…
1. Dan from A Fire With Friends
2. Mustafah A.
The Last Time We Spoke: I haven’t spoken to Mustafah in about 6 years. He shot some photos for my old band, Perfuma, and we stayed in touch for a few months after that but couldn’t keep it going. We later became Facebook friends, but that is the extent of it.
When I Called Today: Number Disconnected (I heard he moved to Germany)
3. Mike Abiuso
The Last Time We Spoke: I saw Mike two weeks ago, when Those Mockingbirds played in Boston and Mike attended the show. Prior to that, I hadn’t really talked to him much since being on tour with his previous band, The Gay Blades.
When I Called Today: Mike was my first official conversation, and he marked the occasion by answering the phone with “Is this for your fucking blog?” Once we got past the formalities, we discussed his long day of moving furniture with his bandmates in The Venetia Fair, which led me to think of his singer Ben, and all the hair he’s pulled out of his head during performances; I’m pretty sure Mike was still speaking while I was distracted, but I’m not sure what he said (sorry, Mike).
The Verdict: Mike was an easy person to start with, because I had recently reconnected with him. We planned to see each other this weekend when The Venetia Fair plays in Jersey City. Mike said he was happy to hear from me and wished me luck on this experiment.
4. Reed Adler
The Last Time We Spoke: I saw Reed last nite, so this isn’t ‘weird’ or anything, but in the spirit of calling every single person in my phone, it must be done.
When I Called Today: Reed answered and spoke for a solid 1min & 55 sec before I said one word. Typical. He was going on about how he had someone named Adam in his car when I called, but that it wasn’t me, so it was “bizarro Adam.” I’m glad Reed pointed this out because I might not have otherwise known that I was sitting in my room instead of his car. At the 2 minute mark, when his mighty lungs ceased to fuel his words, I finally asked Reed how his album release was going, as his band The Nico Blues put out a new record today, and he confirmed that it was going well with another full 70 seconds of speech. My ears threw in the towel at this point and I wrapped up the conversation.
The Verdict: Calling Reed is never dull. He should host a talk radio show.
5. Skyler Adler
Left a voicemail.
6. Adriana Rizzolo.
The Last Time We Spoke: Adriana is one of those people who I always see thru a newly revealed mutual friend. After not seeing her for about a year or more, Adriana showed up at a friends house about 6 months ago, when she dropped her dog, Dracula, off to be dogsat for a few days. Dracula absolutely hates me for some reason and viciously barks at and bites me whenever he sees me, good thing he’s a terrier.
When I Called Today: Adriana answered and seemed utterly confused as to who I was, and/or why I was calling. I told her it was me and not to be alarmed, I was not calling to report some bad news (I hadn’t foreseen this, but now Im sure some people are going to think this). Once her brain put it all together, we caught up in a very roundabout way about her meditation practices and my recent touring with Those Mockingbirds. I asked how Dracula is, to find out that he is spending most of his time relaxing in upstate NY, though I failed to ask if he has made a new archenemy in my absence. Adriana had to grab a bite to eat, so the whole call lasted about 2 minutes.
The Verdict: Not gonna lie, this was a bit awkward, but this is what the experiment is about. I did expect a bit more of a warm reception, but I’m not taking it personally at all, its totally bizarre for me to have randomly called her and I need to remember that as I continue, because its going to get FAR more awkward than this one.