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Esa-Pekka Salonen's long walk home

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen
LA Philharmonic

Yesterday at 11:08am, Esa-Pekka Salonen, former conductor of the LA Phil, Tweeted:

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Got carried away, ran almost to Malibu, now have to get back to Santa Mo somehow, knee hurting, no wallet. Any tweeters on PCH right now?

First, Esa-Pekka Tweets? Yep. He has about 5,700 followers and seems to Tweet every day or so, in a refreshingly candid style that seem to be really written by him. They're a nice mix of normal, odd, musical, and mundane life stuff:

In my dream last night I announced from RFH stage: next piece is Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand by Lenin-McCarthy. I might really need a day off.

Having coffee in blazing sunshine in Santa Monica. All perfect apart from the fact that one of my Wozzeck singers has throat infection.

Was given resin head of Bruckner after concert in Lübeck. He hasn’t made it to action hero category yet. Wagner has. Got one from Bill Viola

Almost free day in the city of my youth, Milan. Splendid sunshine, the best coffee. In excellent spirits. The usual vortex resumes tomorrow

Surullinen uutinen ja surullisen surkeasti käännetty uutissyöte. Kirjailija Frans(!) Kafka, König Hirch? Nolottaa.

Which might mean, according to Google Translate:

Sad news and sad miserably translated news feed. The author Frans (!) Kafka, König Hirch? Embarrassed.

And, my favorite, a recurring theme:

Picking mushrooms in SE Finland, got lost in woods. iOS6 maps shoved path through forest I had never seen before. Who would have guessed!

So, yes, he's a good Tweeter. But we left him stuck on PCH ...

Four minutes after his call for help, the responses started coming in.

Nice! It seems like he'd have been in good hands. But at 1:03pm, Salonen Tweeted:

Managed to limp back, took a while. Very touched by help offers, concern and ideas from so many people! Made my day, actually.

Nobody seemed to notice this typically Off-Ramp response:

Meantime, this week on Off-Ramp, the Pontiac of news shows, we've got a new interview with an old Lefty, Paul Krassner, telling tales about taking an LSD trip with Groucho Marx; and having John Lennon ask him to tell Charles Manson that McCartney wrote Helter Skelter, not him. Listen here!