Ben's show was on the 80th floor of this Trump building
in somebody's huge empty apartment with a boring view... I mean who
wants to look out the window and
see all these crappy buildings everyday?
I was there early to set up the music, and eat the sandwiches with Raina
Ben showed up, and he brought his crappy stereo from home...
this is the music set up I worked with for the music
there was a run through and the I played the music really loud and
everything was fine
guests started arriving
Ben did last minute stuff in the back, while I tortured him about what
songs he wanted me to play...
it got down to literally 10 minutes before the show was suppossed to
start and we were trying to think
of songs... finally he named some songs and I had to download them
right there with no time to spare.
Chloe and her Mom...
Side story: One time I stayed with Chloe in Connecticut at her mom's
house, and I woke up really early in
the morning and her mom was leaving for work and she said "If you give
me a ride, you guys can have the
car all day." So I got in the front seat and we drove
awhile to her office. We talked and I was trying to make
a good impression or whatever, like you do when you talk to someone's
mom. So we get to her office and she
runs inside, and I get into the driver's seat and look down and it's a
stick shift, and I have no idea how to drive
stick! I sat there and tried to think of ideas, do I call a cab?
Do I walk back? Do I try and learn how to drive it?
Finally I sucked up my pride walked into her office and was like
"I'm retarded, you have to drive me back"
So she drove me back to her house in
silence and then
drove herself all the way back to work again and
I felt useless for life... (ps, here are
the pictures we took that day for cross-reference)
anyway... back to the future...
so Ben's show was about to start...
and all of the sudden the stereo started shorting out... the stupid
radio would play for five seconds and
just turn off! Over and over! Nothing! the fucking thing
was broken.... and the directors of the show
were like "play the music!" and I was like "I
can't! We're going to have to do this in silence!"
It was like a bad dream! But I noticed if i kept the volume low
it would stay on for 15 seconds instead of 5.
so I unplugged the thing, let it cool down for a couple minutes... then
at the last possible second, hit play...
and Holy-Shit, it worked!
I was watching the show making the sign of the cross with beads of
sweat pouring down my face, praying,
"if you just let the music play with out stopping I will do
I did not need the music to suddenly shut off and to have like the
entire press core, and all these fucking
famous people from like The Smashing Pumpkins and Project Runway or
whatever staring at me like
"you ruined Ben's show!"
...but by some miracle of Baby Jesus, the music worked and everything
and at this point there was such thunderous applause that you couldn't
have heard charging elephants