Stay the course, that is today's lesson.
Since I met him back in 1997, Kevin Barnes has been one of the most motivated, dedicated, and determined individuals that I have known. When you combine that with an out-of-this-world musical ability, it seems inevitable that the world would catch on (I remember the early years, when the non-NY/LA/Athens gigs were shamefully under attended). While recent success has pretty much confirmed Kevin's ascension to the top ("Playgirl" spread, anyone?), tonight makes it official. Of Montreal will be making their network television debut on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." The thought of seeing Dottie and Jamey finishing up, then Conan walking over to them and shaking their hands, makes me feel really happy.
I just talked to the crew, who were at the taping with the band, and they said it was sufficiently surreal and awesome. Now everyone's rendezvousing in the West Village to celebrate. Man, I sure am glad I decided to stay in Maryland so I could make not nearly enough money to pay next month's rent. Way to go, Mike!
Actually, though, it might be more fun to be in Random, America, tuning in to "Conan" at 12:30, watching it from the outside-in, not the other way around. If I didn't know that I was going to be seeing them in Sarasota next week, I'd be kicking myself even harder. But that's gonna be fun, and so is tonight. So watch "Conan," everybody, and congratulations, guys!
They'll be playing this little ditty...