I have never been more privileged to play with another musician than in the Transvestimentals with Paul.
I think the highlight was when I first heard "Filthy Chair". The chord progression blew my mind. I realized that I was seeing something special, a true talent who was unpretentious, humble and totally confident (in heels!)
I feel I never appreciated what we had there, a fantastic band with great personalities. I was by far the least talented and wish I pushed harder to make more of that experience. But, I enjoyed it all, and I still play the songs to my much suffering friends as I recount my brush with glam super stardom. I have Valerias TVM band photos framed on the wall above my drum kit, which I'm trying to learn again.
I still remember the first time I encountered No Fun, on Shaw public access and Paul was standing in the middle of King George highway while proposing it be named the Paul Leahy Parkway... I had NO IDEA I would ever be in a band with Paul at that time.
At our shows at the Railway, Paul always had a little picture of Finn on his amplifier, a little reminder of what matters.
The light that burns twice as bright is supposed to burn half as long, but that's bullshit. The great ones should last longer.
All my best
Don Vito Donatiello