Paul Fishman Maccabee attended Macalester College when I did. He lived down the hall from me on the third floor of Dupre Hall. Paul occasionally worked as a magician at kids’ parties. My memory of him at that time was of a guy wearing a top hat and magician’s cape hurrying down the hall, late to some gig. After college he did some writing for the Twin Cities Reader.
I was not crazy about my first recording for ECM when it came out. Some aspects of the recording hadn’t exactly gone the way I wanted them to. I avoided talking to local media and turned down a few requests for interviews. Paul, however, found me where I worked in 1982, at the Wax Museum record store. Since he’d made the effort to get out and come to the store, I thought I owed him some time. I took a break from the record store, we walked across the street to the New Riverside Cafe, and we talked for about an hour.