I just wanted to thank those folks at the Oregon Mensa Society for inviting me back again to entertain for their annual regional gathering. I have a lot of fun every year, and this was no exception! Dinner was great, and I really enjoyed the after dinner speaker this year. I didn’t even know what a “palindrome” was…now I do! For those of you who don’t know, a palindrome is a word, or group of words that is the same spelled backwards and forwards such as “MADAM I’M ADAM” or “Doc Note: I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod”. The speaker had recently won a major palindrome contest, and his talk on the subject was hilarious! And don’t ever let anyone tell you that Mensa people don’t know how to party. I played, and they danced until the wee hours of the morning, as usual!
I just got back from a very fun event at the Mason County Fairgrounds called DragonFest, and I can’t wait to go back for more events! The Mason County Fairgrounds was in danger of being torn down and the property sold, but fortunately a very dedicated group of people have stepped up and are turning the fairgrounds into a resource to be used throughout the year, instead of just for a 3 day fair each Summer. DragonFest was just one of the many events they have planned, and if the rest of the events are going to be anything like DragonFest, then Mason County is in for a real treat!
There was no shortage of things to do and see at DragonFest…..lantern building, live music on two stages, an amazing “fire breathing” show put on by a very enthusiastic group of performers called Dragon Steps (the night time show was very impressive!) They even had a pillow case making marathon to help benefit some charities, not to mention bicycle/whipped cream pie jousting, a petting zoo, great food, a beer garden….I not only got to perform for the Thursday night kickoff dinner, but also on the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you live in the area, keep your eye on this venue. I see some great things happening here!
Now that’s an interesting title! Actually, it’s the name of a podcast that has been playing some of my music this past year. They are having an anniversary show featuring what they feel is the “best of the best” of all of the music they have used during their first year, and I am honored that they have chosen one of my songs, “Son of a Seaman’s Daughter” to be included in that program.
The 2 hour show will be broadcast on Saturday, April 7th at 8:00pm PST at www.musicyoudonthave.com, iTunes, Stitcher, and LearnOutLoud.com. If you want to hear a ton of great music by indie artists, be sure to check out Music You Don’t Have, But Should!
Wow, had a close call in the studio the other day! The old heater finally called it quits, and shorted out. The end result was a severely burned wall outlet and black soot part way up the wall. Needless to say, I ripped out the sheetrock to inspect and repair any damage to the wiring and make sure there was no fire inside the wall. I guess you never get over 15 years as a Volunteer Fire Chief! The good news is no equipment was damaged, so other than needing a new heater, and having to repair a good sized hole in the wall, I can get back to finishing up my new CD. I am soooo thankful that I was in the studio when it happened. I don’t even want to think about what the result might have been if I hadn’t been there!
I’m thinking that when I do the major studio remodel (new control room, vocal booth, live room) I am going to look into a more permanent type of heat source instead of a portable electric heater. A central heat source is usually something you take for granted, but my studio is built in a 1890 era barn, and they usually didn’t install heat back in those days!
You might notice something new on my website (besides the new music!) If you look to the far right side of the page, you will see something that says “Send Voicemail”. Just click on that, follow a few easy steps, and send me a voicemail using your computers built in microphone. Very easy, and I would love to hear from you! Tell me anything! Let me know if you like my new songs, or even if you don’t. If you have a favorite club or festival that you would like me to perform at, let me know. Tell me about your Aunt Matilda’s cat…..I’m all ears!
This new feature is still in the beta-test mode, so I won’t have the ability to answer you back by voice mail for another week or so, but as soon as that feature is up and running, I will definetly send you a voice mail back!
I remember very clearly the first time that Lori and I professed that we really loved each other. No…I don’t remember the exact year, but it was New Years Eve. I am lucky enough that it happened on a particular date that nobody can forget…New Years Eve. BFD.. for all I care , it could have happened on Hallowen, or Valentines Day, or Sadie Halkins Day…I really don’t care. What I do care about is that we did, and still do, love each other.
I also remember the day that my son was born. May 20,….once again, I can’t recall the exact year, but I do remember the day. ( In my defense, I can also tell you my exact birthdate, month, day, and year, but I have long since forgotten how old I am in years, and I really don’t care!) I tend to remember the really important times in my life, and I have come to realize that, at least for me, exactly when something happened doesn’t matter nearly so much as that it actually happened.
Well, today another major milestone happened! I found out a few hours ago that Kris, my son, and Marika, a very important addition to my sons life, are about to bring another life into this world! I can’t even to begin to express how I really feel. I do remember when Lori and I first thought that Lori might be “in a family way”. I think I called the doctors office so many times on the day that the test results were due that I broke some records! Those kind of results come back a lot faster these days, but I will never forget how I felt when I got the definite news. I had no idea what my face must have looked like then, but now I think I know. I will never forget this image… My son was slightly behind me, looking at me over my left shoulder, his face somewhat red, but absolutly beaming…..the exact words are somewhat personal, but the message was clear…….
Kris, I love you more than I even begin to know how to express. Marika, when I see you and my son together, and the honest love and affection that you have for each other, I am overwhelmed. And now, the two of you, Kris and Marika, are bringing another life into this world. I will never forget this moment! Kris… as I told you earlier today, and these same thoughts go out to Marika, the best thing that ever happened to me in my life was having a child. And now, to see my son, grown up, and someone that I am so proud of, to be able to be rewarded with this love that you and Marika share, and to have this love be so blessed with the honor of creating another life…..there are no words that can truely capture this feeling.
Kris, when you were about 8 years old, I tried to write a song that expressed how I felt about being a father. No matter how hard I tried, It seemed that I just couldn’t put the words and music together that really captured all the emotions that I felt. I only performed that song once in public, and I was in tears by the time I finished it. Even though I never felt that the song did justice to what I wanted to say, I still got very emotional about the message I was trying to get across. Well, by coincidence, or maybe by fate(?) I came across that song recently when I was going through some old notes in my studio. As I read through the lyrics, I realized that I really had captured the emotions that I was looking for, and I had written them in the very first verse of the song:
“A child is love made visible, and you are here to see”
Wow, what a day! I love you both, and I am so excited about being a grandpa! This is way to cool! This is my website, so I can repeat myself if I want to, right? Yeah? OK then…I love you both….uhh I mean, you three!
This is a song from my new CD that deals with kids as innocent victims of drug abuse and neglect. Yeah, it’s a sad song, but don’t worry. There are happy songs on my new CD too! (I will be posting more songs here soon, so please check back often)
And….as my way of saying thanks, if you share this with your friends on facebook, you can download this song for free! Just click on the “download” button, and you will have my eternal graditude! (And the song too)
Wow, sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while, but I do have a good excuse….really!
I know I have been promising this for quite a while now, but the new CD is so close to being finished, I can almost taste it! I have been in the studio every day for the past few weeks, putting on all the finishing touches. Early next week, I will be putting a brand new song from the CD on this website, using the new music player that I mentioned in the previous post. And for those of you that already downloaded “Faded Old Flag”….Well, there is a new version of that song that will be on the CD. It is still the same song, just a better mix, much better drums, with a little more folk-rock feel.
If things keep going the way they have been, I will have some “pre-release” copies available of the new CD in about two weeks. More on that later, but for now, it’s back to the studio for a few hours before tonights gig!
This was my second year performing at the Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival, and I’m already looking forward to next year! If you get a chance, be sure to check this festival out. It runs every weekend in December, and they really pull out all the stops for Christmas. For those of you that don’t know about Leavenworth, it is a very small town in North Central Washington, and several years ago the whole town got together and re-did the town in a Bavarian Theme. It is surrounded by mountains, and high enough so that they usually have plenty of snow this time of year. To say that they decorate for Christmas is an understatement! If you are anywhere near Seattle, just look to the northeast after the sun sets, and that glow you see in the sky will probably be Leavenworth!
I was there last Saturday and Sunday, and got to do two performances each day. I don’t usually get to perform Christmas music, so this was the perfect opportunity. I especially liked the nightime shows outside in the town square…..and fortunately they had some heaters on stage, because it was cold! No wonder Santa has a red nose and rosey cheeks. He was there, along with Father Christmas, horse drawn carts, Wise Men, and tons of people taking it all in. Unfortunately I didn’t get any video’s due to time and technical difficulties. Maybe next year?