All that planning and work eventually opened up a shared line of communication between the two, one that hardly needs words. During our interview, Lenz excused himself to get some snacks. After Lenz climbed a set of stairs, Swift called out his name. Lenz stopped briefly and gave a chirpy whistle, an answer only Harpo Marx could have delivered to Groucho. Swift then replied, matter-of-factly, "Yeah." The message delivered, Lenz soon returned with a water jug and a bottle of scotch. Swift smiled. It was exactly what he ordered.
Richard Swift and his band perform with Wayne Everett and Rocco DeLuca at the Gypsy Lounge, 23600 Rockfield Blvd., Ste. 3A, Lake Forest, (949) 206-9990. Tues., 10 p.m. $5. 21+.