“Ralf: What would you say makes a player great? Is it-
Bill Walton: Brains and heart.
Ralf: You wouldn’t add talent to that?
Bill Walton: (Shrug) … Everybody has talent. The best players are the smartest and most commited. The ones with the most passion, and who have the grandest vision.”—Exchange between me and NBA hall of famer Bill Walton
The Speare Bearer: Need a place to crash in San Diego!
Gonna be rolling into San Diego early afternoon.. Been invited to participate officially at the Youth Shakespeare Fest.. But I still don’t have a place to stay. Gonna be in town 4 nights. Anyone have any leads???
Hey there! Ed introduced us yesterday before you settled down for the evening in Deming.I just want to say that it was inspiring to meet you yesterday. We always see cyclists on the side of the road and I wonder where they are going; if they are from the area or have come from a long way. I see that you have made the rounds in NM & I'm glad you are finding it as lovely as we do.We have met some great people here; as you have as well. Many, many blessings on the next stages of your journey!
Please tell Ed that he and you all, his adopted family (did you adopt him, or did he adopt you?? He’s crazy about you guys!) will not ever be forgotten. he was so kind to me, and I will never forget that. Glad to know you’re following me. Please keep me updated as to how the Earth house is coming along.
Yes, I’m a rapper/singer-songwriter. I’ve been rapping longer than I’ve been acting. And to be honest, I think years of studying/practicing hip-hop and music in general gives me an edge as a Shakespearian actor.
This is the last song I recorded just before leaving New York for my tour. I’m really proud of it. Check it out! It’s not Shakespearian at AAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!
Also if you like this stuff, they guy that produced this Frank, produced my partner in crime Crim’s album which just dropped called The Hurricane Binge. it’s BRILLIANT. Such a personal, edgy, off-kilter, fun record.
The Speare Bearer: I met Kevin Kline last night, 04/15.
So Micha Espinoza, the voice and acting professor on the ASU faculty, who was kind enough to invite me into her class, shared her discount code with me to attend a one night only Shakespeare revue starring Kevin Kline and three other lovely actresses called “The Lover and the Poet”, presented by the Southwest Shakespeare Company at the Mesa Arts Center.
I knew before the evening began that I was supposed to meet him. I’d read quite a few books and articles on Shakespeare, especially Shakespeare in America, and encountered Mr. Kline’s work so much in my studies, as one of our preeminent actors, Shakespearean or otherwise, that it only made sense if I ended up at this show, in the middle of my tour that I was meant to meet one of my forebearers. Speare Bearer meets forebearer.
It was a really fun show. It was a bunch of mashed up Shakespeare scenes about love that Mr. Kline and his lovely cast performed. It was definitely a stunning night of watching an old master at work, and really have a good time with the language, and the audience. I watched with eyes wide.
The second half of the show was an extended Q&A, hosted by Jared Sakren, artistic director of SW Shakes, who was classmates with Kline at Julliard, where you really got the full breadth of Mr. Kline’s unbridled timing and wit. I mean the guy is quick, he’s sharp, and a ham, in the best, most charming sense of the word. In retrospect it was terrific to see a performer who had nothing to prove, have so little ego, and just a real delight to perform.
Well I just knew the Q&A time was fated and I couldn’t blow it, so as soon as I gathered the nerve, I got up and went to the mic. When it was my turn I introduced myself, explained my project briefly, which did turn a few heads, and cause a few titters and murmurs, that I had ended up there through Miss Espinoza of ASU, and I asked Mr. Kline to talk a little about one of our mutual influences, Joe Papp, which he did graciously and eloquently.
Afterward, I kind of lurked around, in the lobby, where some folks recognized me and stopped to ask about my project, and kept an eye out for an opening. After a bit I got on my bike and did some lurking around outside hoping to catch Mr. Kline at the stage door. No dice.
Finally miss Espinoza texted me that she’d try to maneuver to get me into the after-party, but no promises. And after a few breathle minutes of waiting she did indeed emerge and escorted me back. At the after-party I met some interesting folks, including company members, the Artistic Director, Mr. Sakren, and his daughter. The whole time I’m really trying hard to play it cool, when finally Mr. Sakren brings Kevin Kline over. What a gracious man. He was really curious about my project, had lots of questions, and gave me all his attention, as he did with all his admires who vied for an audience with him. He took my card and told me he’d look me up and that he hopes to “see me out there.”
As a man, I’m not ashamed to admit I nearly swooned. But again, because my phone died, I didn’t get a picture. Dammit.
I’m not sure… Really, there’s wonderful things that happen, I meet incredible people, with incredibly unique stories and outlooks all the time, God makes extraordinary wild and unexpected things happen for me all the time, and many are really helpful and generous to me… being on the bike means I don’t have to watch what I eat AT ALL which is terrific… I really love it when people respond well to the Shakespeare… I am quite proud and thankful that I’m actually doing this thing that I said I would do, and it’s empowering to be doing it….
That’s hard to answer… it’s a combination of things. I think the best part is that God shows me He’s real everyday, because I’m really not cut out for this, but somehow, I manage, and so that gives me faith that someone is looking out for me, and it’s an awe-inspiring, comforting feeling.