I like to joke that there are two lines you'll hear in Texas when talking about something. "You gotta get you one of those" and "Them are good". It's funny because I've had the lowliest worker say that, as well as my double - masters degreed boss when I first arrived. "You gotta get you … Continue reading You gotta get you one..
We have a gnarled mess of a tree in our front yard. It has to be cut down. I'd like to cry. Why? Because it's one of 3-4 huge trees that shade my house lowering my electric bill in the summer like no one's business. But it's rotted. And if it tumbles, it'll smash my … Continue reading Ooh…a project!
I'm listening to iTunes as I update things, drink wine, and relax. It's Friday for Chrissakes. Up pops Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A, first movement. My daughter has a masters in music. Clarinet to be specific. I've heard her play all three movements dozens of times. She's made it her piece. I'm bubbling... It's not … Continue reading Bubbling…
I'll say up front that this is one of the best books I've read in the last year. It's the story of a man coming to redemption and discerning who he is and what God wants him to do with his life. I'm glad I bought the paper version for reasons you'll see below. I first … Continue reading American Pilgrim
https://youtu.be/Fo--H_yx2vg I used to play at the youth mass at our parish for years. This was, by far, one of my favorites to play. I can still hear the rumble of my son playing my Jazz Bass, my guitar - one of my best creations, a Tele with Seymour Duncan Hot Rails and Ghost system, … Continue reading 10,000 Reasons..
Last week or so, my Japanese Maple sprouted. Nice to see that the arctic blast that hit here in February didn't appear to hurt it whatsoever, unlike my Olive trees. Then again, I looked at the Olives and the main trunks don't appear freeze dried. I scratched them and noticed green, so they may recover … Continue reading All is Not Lost
I was bartending at a charity affair the other night which had a decent group from the church play. Mostly they did big band and jazz pieces. Most the guys are old and play well. They even sang some tunes, or tried to, God Bless 'em. At one point they played "Heard it on the … Continue reading Pop Music is Dead
I hit this in iTunes and played it 20-30x like a mental patient. https://youtu.be/Gctiu2M_OdU I can't play piano. Wish I could sometimes. Props to the dude on bass. a 6 string! I played a 5-string jazz bass for awhile. It weighed a few hundred pounds. Worth it for the sound. When I got through with … Continue reading Monday Music
Not the best version of this tune. But it's still good. https://youtu.be/PLk1LYIAea8 Seldom Scene is awesome. Just a group of normal blokes from the area I grew up. They all had day jobs, far as I know. None of them are good looking. Only one or two have really good voices. But they can play. … Continue reading Monday Music
Training animals can be a challenge. For most of my life, we've had cats. And for the most part, they've behaved. It helps to understand how they think, something that comes naturally to me, for whatever reason. If I'm at someone's house and they have a cat, in no time said cat will be ensconced … Continue reading SScat…Dammit!