Sunday, February 25, 2007

Chelsea Boy

Last night, I got to spend a few hours in the Chelsea Hotel because a friend of a friend was holding a party within its historic walls. Upon walking in, I thought about all the greats who had stayed there: Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Dylan Thomas, Mark Twain, Andy Warhol, Sid Vicious, Leonard Cohen, Arthur Miller, Patti Smith and Stanley Kubrick, to name a few.

The room we stayed in was rather large for a hotel room and outside of one mini-painting on the wall, there was nothing else in terms of decoration. The best thing about it was the balcony overlooking 23rd Street which makes one think about all the lewd things that had happened on it. I also got to go to a room where a Bob Dylan had stayed and another where Janis resided for a period of time.

As for today's list...

Five Best...Songs about the Chelsea Hotel

5. "Chelsea Hotel #2" by Leonard Cohen

4. "We Will Fall" by The Stooges

3. "Hotel Chelsea Nights" by Ryan Adams

2. "Sara" by Bob Dylan

1. "Chelsea Girls" by Nico