I know I am a pain. But way way back (in like 1980) when The Johnsons were the Saturday night house band at the Lhasa Club in Hollywood, and I used to see 200-300 or so kids dancing to this every Saturday night, and then, when we opened at the Roxy and Paradise for Thompson Twins (and others), and I saw 5000-7500 kids dancing to this, the feel of joy and connection I had - totally Dionysian -- I have never been able to forget about it. Meditation is great. It has helped me. But when you are grooving with thousands of people all together, the feeling -- in the moment -- there is nothing like it I have ever experienced. And I cannot seem to get it out of my mind experience. When we played this song I would dive into the audience (I had a locked on guitar) and dance and play In the mosh pit. The Johnsons invented punk funk. I never felt so alive.
Wonderful dinner for four at Manzke, Chef Walter Manzke's new high end place in BH (above Bicyclette Bistro). 1. 1996 Dom Rose. A personal favorite. 2. 1996 Krug (also beautiful although I prefer the Mesnil). (then a Roulot 2015 Meursault off the list, which was surprisingly good for that vintage) 3. A perfect bottle of 62 DRC grand ech proves that grand ech by the great producers can really age beautifully. 4. 1955 Leroy Chambertin is my favorite Chambertin ever made. It was his last year (he died after making the wine), and Lalou told me her dad's favorite and best wine he ever made. 5. 1959 Trot took a while to glow and was slightly edged out by 6. 1961 Trotanoy. An absolute perfect example of 61 Pomerol and had us all swooning. 7. A delicious 59 d yquem. The food and service were spectacular. Blake makes a textbook pisco sour, possibly the best in LA. Marguerite makes the best brioche I have ever had. Walter made abalone (with Hokkaido uni) that literally melted in one's mouth. This place, along with Melisse is now one of the best fine in LA.