When I worked, as a freelancer or go-fer, at Goodby Berlin and Silverstein, 921 Front Street in San Francisco in the late 1980s there was an interesting looking lady there about my age named Maria. I seem to recall that one day she said there was some chalk graffiti in front of the office that said “I love you, Maria”. Something makes me wonder if this is the Maria the muse of several Counting Crows songs. Keep in mind that Adam Duritz is about my age and would have been some kind of starving artist, under-achieving bougie or under-employed malcontent, as I was. Also, another GBS peon of the time, Pammie Laws later got signed to Warner with Seven Day Diary.
(But of course I also thought that Steve Jenkins of Third Eye Blind was J.T. Leroy based on the fact that his best friend in 7th grade at Terman Junior High in Palo Alto in 1976 was John Leroy…on the other hand, according to Kevin Ryan of Green Apple Books in SF, Margaret Cho worked there either simultaneous to me or just before me, in 1989..also, two former girlfriends of mine, A_____ and C_____ both knew Adam, either from UC Berkeley or the Bear’s Lair / Himalayans days. It is said that Steve Jenkins’ brother, George Jenkins, now a collegiate woman’s rowing coach was Adam’s fraternity brother at not Berkeley but UC Davis and he introduced A.D. to Steve, whose band opened for Crows at the Fillmore. And Patty Spiglanin of The Naked Barbie Dolls is often seen backstage at Crows on the strength of the fact that two of her band members left to join Adam’s crew. And my cousin Craig Ruda — Eric Cohen, who took the above pictures last weekend asked me this — was bass player in Joe 90, on Adam’s E Pluribus / Geffen imprint, and sang backing vocals on “Hanging Around”. And my client Stew opened for Counting Crows on 10 dates East Coast sheds, Great Woods, Saratoga, Holmdel, Jones Beach — I t.m.’d those dates. So my guess about Maria is not totally stab in dark. I am the rain king. Yeahhh.)
Counting Crows at Greek Theatre Los Angeles August and everything after 15, 2014 photo and review by Eric Cohen: we met the crows guitarist the night before at a party; going to counting crows concert tonight, what is the name of your cousin who played with joe 90 (Craig Ruda); (will you review the show for plasty?) Possible I’m not qualified a fan; (did they play round here)yes. that’s a good dog. a good song. Hanging around? I don’t think so.but that is also a good one. (he later sent a link to setlist dot com which does not list it — he was correct)