5, 2007 Chicago,
Windy City is calm today. Walking down by Millenium Park and Lake
I see the empty bouys where sailboats would lie tethered in the
summer months. Winter is coming. It'll be a snowy one and a time
for resting, healing and rejuvenation. Come spring, thing's will
look different. The hulking snow piles will yield to gardens of
staying with a friend tonight and enjoying my time on the road.
It's been a crazy Fall with concerts all over the map. Lots of
miles on the van. Another friend in Kenosha invited me to hang
out at his new house, but that'll have to wait for another time.
I'm presenting "Beads on One String" tomorrow at the
Unity in Crystal Lake, IL and I'll head home after that.
21, 2007 Clearwater, MN
Just home from Kansas and points south. A great trip filled with
several unplanned experiences. Lunch with musician friend Richard
Mekdeci in Kansas City was a treat. He's a busy guy who seems
to know everyone.
much has happend since my last entry
in February. TV and Radio shows plus concerts in all types of
venues. The band and I had great fun at the famed Ordway Theater
in St. Paul just a couple of weeks ago. Were you there? They've
already asked us to return for two concerts the first weekend
in June 2008.
the years, I've performed in many churches. In particular, the
UNITY churches have been very open to my music and for that I'm
most appreciative. Unity has a great message of "oneness".
Check them out!
Yesterday I had a good laugh while eating my Raisin Bran breakfast
and reading the local paper. It seems our Unity church in
St. Cloud is dedicating a new flower garden this summer. Though
I'm sure it passed spell check, the newspaper committed a classic
"oopsy" in quoting Lisa Brisse from the church: "Unity
Church believes in quiet medication and peaceful thoughts,"
That's Unity. Instead of communion wafers they give out vallium.
No wonder they're such a happy, yet calm group!
word should have been "meditation".
be interesting to see if more people than usual show up at their
next Sunday service.
23, 2007 Memphis, TN
here for the Folk Alliance convention. 2000 + folkies and folk
music lovers. Where else can you walk into the lobby of a Marriott
Hotel at 2am and find a guy playing a tuba? Later, getting on
the elevator only to find another guy playing an upright bass,
with 6 others gathered around him going from floor to floor? Gives
the term "Elevator Music" a whole new meaning.
conferences are exhauting, but it's fun to catch up with music
buddies like Buddly Mondlock, John Smith, Lisa Aschmann and others. It's
the only time of year I get to see some of these folks.
welcome to Memphis was a little rough. As I pulled into a parking
stall across from the Marriott, a gentleman greeted me to take
my parking money. I gave him the $20 and asked him for a receipt.
He said he'd go get me one, but he didn't go back to the parking
booth. Instead he headed the other way, across the lot. Immediately,
I knew I'd been taken, so I did what any stupid, naive, trusting
person would do, I went after him, talking with him for several
blocks trying to get my money back.
Darlyne Cain, being much more street smart, came running after
me to back me up. She got right behind this guy while I walked
next to him. We eventually steered him back towards the Marriott.
When he decided to run, we yelled for security and they took over
the chase. He got away. The cops showed up a long time later.
I didn't get my money back, but I thank the Marriott for giving
me free valet parking for the rest of the conference.
25, 2007 Albert Lea, MN
you seen "An Inconvienent Truth" yet? The movie about
global warming? It's
everything it's billed to be. Everyone should see it.
I'm staying in a small "mom and pop" motel, which is
something I do a lot of. I love being able to pull up right to
my room door to unload the guitars, etc. Tonight, though, I have
noisy neighbors. Reminds me of my college days with frat parties
going on next door. It's
3am. Should I just go join them?