Video: Jamming with Dave Barry at the Poynter Institute
At first, I think Dave Barry wasn't sure if I was joking or not.
But after wrapping up a fun evening backing him on drums as part of a band of book writers/musicians at the Poynter Institute last month, I couldn't resist telling one of America's best humor columnists that I had long dreamed of the moment.
Strange, I know. But I distinctly remember reading a story about Barry's garage band of big-name book writers, The Rock Bottom Remainders, in Entertainment Weekly. My thought: one of the coolest things about writing a book would mean that I could be eligible to play in that band.
The group is no more, scuttled not long after one of it's founding members died. But the Poynter gig at least allowed me to play with one of its founding members -- kinda like backing Paul McCartney on a Beatles tune.
So when I told Barry getting published got me excited about possibly being a Remainder, he provided the best backhanded compliment possible.
"You're too good to be in our group."
Anyways, I discovered yesterday that somebody put part of a song on YouTube. So check it out; I'm the unseen percussive maniac who somehow missed all the cues to end the song.