Growing up in Madison, the autumn was always that time of year when I could convince myself the weather wasn’t trying to kill me. There’s a quiet beauty to the fall season here in town, made even more precious by its sudden and inevitable passing.
The runaway leaves gather on the sidewalks like piles of golden coins while the wind whispers past in long, steady breathes, if only for a short time. Driving lost along our city’s one-way streets, every gust brings with it a fond memory, from pumpkin shakes and tattered sweaters to entire afternoons spent rolling in the grass.
“I remember the last time I played Madison it was fall, and I got the notion to ride my bike up the Jane Addams Trail which starts outside of Freeport, Illinois and follows an old rail bed straight north to Madison, which is 60 some miles. It’s of questionable wisdom to exert oneself like this on a show day and on the outskirts of Madison my knee gave out and I hobbled the last few miles to the Overture Center. I fretted a bit in the dressing room about where I’d find the energy for a two hour show but once I got on stage, I felt great. I’ve learned that exhausting the body can give you a looseness and clarity that works for music. Those are my favorite days: a good ride on a fall day ending with a good show.”
–interview by Austin Duerst
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