FLIGHT FROM THE
February 10, 1999
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Rod in action at The Riverton Rendezvous, July 2001.
Photograph courtesy Jay Hagan.
A Thought for Today
Few angels have been known to sing but
many purr when stroked just so.
Rod is on the road for a
couple of weeks and will be back with you at the beginning of September.
THE DAYS OF
Dear Rod, I
know you've heard it a million times....how much your work has meant
to...or influenced...or changed the life of...this person. I know you must
be a regular guy (not the person I have conjured up in my mind...walking
around, grace in every step, all soulful and wise and thinking of nothing
but deep thoughts and lines of poetry) and most of us out here are regular
guys and gals who deeply connect with your writings and songs.
So here is the question....what do you do, think and ponder as a "regular
" person ? What is your real day like ? Brad
Hi Rod, What is a typical Rod McKuen day like. Sylvia, NYC
Dear Brad and Sylvia, Like nearly everybody else I don't really have any
typical days. Most though, are pretty boring like today for instance. Up
at 5:30, slap cold water on my face, feed the cats, change into sweats,
watch live telecast of Oscar Nominations & then jog for 15 miles.
Back home. Shower and shave. Read E-mail over coffee & grapefruit juice.
By 7:30 am busy correcting pages I wrote for the new book yesterday. 8:AM
Madame Audrey arrives for my piano lesson. 9AM exercise in the pool for
half hour. About 9:30 secretary of 20 years, Winifred, arrives & I dictate
and answer mail while taking calls. 11: AM work on Flight Plan & answer
A very light lunch. Salad and an apple. At around a quarter to 1, I
retreat to my office, unplug the phone and write until three. Work on
songs until a tea break around 4:PM. Break includes an hour play time with
the cats. A short walk in the garden.
5 to 6 watch the evening news which was taped via satellite an hour ago.
6:30ish get in the car and fight the traffic to the supermarket where I
shop for the evening meal (if I'm cooking at home.) By 7:30 I've finished
sending the flight plan to Ken for posting and am having a martini..
Then into the kitchen. (tonight I'm making Trout Connery with a light
Chicken Bob sauce.) Scrub the new potatoes, baste them with olive oil and
herbs. Refill martini glass, snap off ends and wash the string beans.
Making a Grande Marnier lemon soufflé for desert. Measure out ingredients
into individual containers and separate eggs. Time to go upstairs for a
bath and to dress for dinner. Draw the bath, put on a Bach CD and read a
chapter of new Presley bio in the tub.
Back downstairs, gut the trout and open the wine for poaching.. door bell
rings (she's 15 minutes early). I open the door, it's Cindy Crawford
looking as delicious as ever. I leave you to guess the rest.
Tomorrow, of course, will just be another day like today, except that
Vanessa Williams and Calista Flockhart are cooking..
And if you believe that . . .
RM 2/9/99 First published.
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