“And then you’ll be blue. Bluer than indigo.”

That’s a line from the Tom Robbins novel “Jitterbug Perfume,” and it alludes to the possibility that the disciple’s knowledge has exceeded the teacher’s. And that’s a way for me to make note of two interesting things that happened today — already, and it’s still mid-morning:

First interesting thing that happened today:

Message on my cellphone from my poet-photographer-artist daughter Emily. Her message: I should read “Jitterbug Perfume” because she thought I might like it. I haven’t spoken to her yet, but I bet Robbins’ style reminds her of my quirky, provocative but funny, accessible and unpublished novel “Gloryville.”

Here’s a photo of Tom Robbins by Michael Romanos.


(If my daughter Emily’s not available to take my author photo when the publishing god descends from the heavens to lift up “Gloryville” to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, then I want Romanos to take the photo. Check out some of his other portraits at michaelromanos.com)

Second interesting thing that happened today:

Faithful readers will recall a short piece I wrote about the great ’60s band The (Young) Rascals. Well, what goes around….et cetera…I just passed an electronic billboard announcing a free concert at Deer Path Park in Hunterdon County, N.J., by a group called “Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals,” which features Felix on keyboards and vocals — and three other guys who were not original Rascals. Anyway, here’s a link to a performance by Felix with his band of ersatz Rascals:


And here’s more information about the free concert:

August 14 – Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals — A legendary artist with several classic smash hits, Cavaliere has rocked millions of fans with his soulful singing and songwriting skills as founder/leader of The Rascals. The talent and drive that catapulted Felix Cavaliere to international fame sounds as fresh and exciting as ever, by an artist whose commitment to his craft has not diminished with the passage of time. Felix was the main creative force behind The Rascals who had four #1 hits, six Top 20 singles like “Good Lovin’,” “Girl Like You,” “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “Groovin’,” “You Better Run,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and the inspiring “People Got To Be Free.” Cavaliere was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Hot dogs, popcorn, chips, candy, ice cream, and drinks will be available. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a flashlight. For more information call 908-782-1158.

Second interesting thing that happened today, part two:

Well, interesting and depressing might be more accurate. Turns out Felix and his cats are touring as part of a summer concert series dubbed Hippiefest presented by Flower Power Concerts, Inc.

I’m not making this up. Here’s the poster:


Far out!? Groovy?! Bring your parents, your grandparents, and bring your kids!!!!

I’ve got one thing to say: Bummer.

I wonder what Tom Robbins (who, by the way, is now past 70 years old!) would say. Maybe this, a quote from Still Life With Woodpecker:” “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”