Archive for the Music Category


Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2018 at 7:09 am

Jill’s birthday was a lot of fun.  Plenty of friends there, and the music was fun.  The gumbo was impressive.  We had a good time.  Erin was the surprise star, a master on the fret board.  But still I had plenty of local exposure, and the Egee was well received.


But I am tired again.  Not a deep tiredness, but tired nonetheless. I will rebound fairly quickly.  I didn’t seriously overdo it on anything.


Solstice on the horizon now.  I expect that will be a hoot.

Turkey fajitas

Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 9:50 pm

The first injection just took place in the thawed bird, and it sits under foil in a roasting pan in the fridge.  Tomorrow, the stuffing and the bacon wrapping and the roasting, followed by disassembly, carving, packaging, and boiling down the carcass to stock.  It will be a fairly full day to prep it for transport.  I have the kitchen ready for the process tomorrow.  The 7 hour cook time should give me ample time to prep and stage for the road.


Departure will be Saturday, as soon as I can get things packed and rolling.  With a single overnight, packing will be minimum.  I figure 30 hours there and an hour transit each way.  Friday night will be too cold to play and sing, so a Saturday arrival before noon should work.  Fajitas and second serving on Saturday, music on Sunday.  Second serving is either tamales or cheesecake.  I’ll figure that out on Saturday morning when I get the guacamole.


The cold snap is easing slowly.  It froze enough to nix the bugs and mosquitos.  So we don’t need any more of that for a while.


I look forward to the party.  I also look forward to emerging from post party recovery. I am ready for a prolonged rested lazy spell.  Nothing quite like sitting around, doing nothing, by choice.  One or two events in December, maybe three.  I’ll just have to see how ambitious I get.

Wrapping up Austin

Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 6:31 pm

Two more days in Austin.  Wrapping things up.  I didn’t unpack much, so packing will be considerably easier than loading the truck.  Kitchen will wind up properly.


24 tunes recorded thus far.  Not sure how any more I’ll do here.  Plenty of editing (equalizing, etc.) to come, so I’m not in a big hurry to add to it.  I’ll be able to record more when I get home.  But it’s a good start.


Still wet.  No flooding, but enough to keep me off the streets.  Lake Travis is 23.25 feet above stage.  I’ve never known the water level to be that high.


Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Ten tracks on the hard drive thus far.  Third day of recording.


Lake Travis is up 17 feet above stage.  It has risen 39 feet in nine days.  It’s pretty wet, though not flooding here.


Myka is doing well at Grandma’s.  The pack here isn’t suffering either.


Eating well.  No real take out yet.  Mostly stuff from the freezer.


Life is good.


The hush

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at 12:45 am

We had a jam session tonight at Cheryl’s.  Was a many talented, many styled group.  There was plenty of chaos between songs, as we didn’t spend a lot of time talking at first.  I started playing If I Could Only Fly, and the chaos was all around through the first verse, until I got into the chorus.  One measure was chaos, the next was nothing but me, it was a deep silence of group recognition, very sudden.  Unusual to be singing through the conversations and then suddenly being the focus of everyone.  Probably the single most impressive moment of the evening for me.  It was a lovely evening.  The music was great.


Laundry tomorrow, as I have the place to myself in the am.  Still a few things to get done, but not many.

Singing with teeth

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 5:07 pm

Went to Music School last night and had my first experience in singing with dentures.  Over all, it was successful, but I did learn a few things.  Adhesive on the lower plate is a must to avoid irritation to the gums.  Breathing will be different.  More power on the bass notes is needed.  And lots of little things that aren’t easy to describe.  But over all, I now know that I will be able to perform in public with them.


Slept 15 hours since I got home.  Whew!  Not just napping, it was lights out.  Sore too, upper legs and back fussing big time.


Ten days until exile.  The countdown begins.  Four chunks of sirloin to be tenderized and marinated, broiled and frozen for the stay.  They’ll join already cooked ribs, pork loin, chicken, etc.


Posted on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at 5:04 am

We’ve been having a string of days with highs at 99°F, with a couple more due this weekend.  Needless to say, I’m not hanging out outside much during the afternoon.  In fact, I’m pulling graveyard shift, sleeping mostly during daylight.


It started Thursday, the day after I went to Music School, debuting Egee and my chompers.  Got back about 2 am, stayed up a while, then sawed logs until late in the afternoon.


Music School was fun.  There were ample leaders, so no one got worn out.  The Egee did well, and I discovered that it has the same body as Doug’s Takamine G Series Bass. (Well, he has the two piece back, Egee is a three piece.)  But from the audience, it’s the same body with a different neck, bridge, and guard.  Both have the same jumbo body in honey burst.


I also sacrificed my 20 month old open bottle of Patron Anejo, my getting the first shot.  It was a good way to celebrate being permitted to drink lightly again (hypertension med change).  The bottle didn’t last long.  It was a pretty rowdy night.  But we had fun.  My pipes were in good shape.  It was a good night of music. The ears and spirits were well treated.


But since I’ve been back, it’s been a snail’s pace.  Not in a hurry for anything.  Myka has taken to the air conditioning, and I’m her doorman.  (In and out and in and out…)  6 am store runs.  Avoiding the heat as much as possible.


Thawing out a T-bone.  First steak in almost two months.  Part was dental, but part is the kitchen heat.  More to be thawed in the weeks ahead.  I have a freezer to empty as much as possible by the end of September.

#6 Egee

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018 at 4:51 am

My 6th guitar, hereby dubbed Egee is a Takamine EG523CDX12.  (12 string)  It has just entered my possession.











#1 – Electric solid body, unbranded and unnamed, purchased with S&H Green Stamps in 1966.  I experimented it to death, since I never really learned to play it.  (I still have the amp and it still worked the last time I plugged it in a few years ago, despite a slight tear in the speaker cone.)


#2 – Ny A nylon string guitar that I bought in 1968 for Sharon, who gave it back to me when we broke up.  I don’t remember the brand, it wasn’t expensive.  I took it to college and performed on stage with it, gaining SROs at the Basement.  I gave it to a friend after getting #3.


#3 – Yammer Hammer A Yamaha FG160 dreadnaught acoustic that I bought in 1974 from a co-worker when I was working for Automatic Electric. It turned out to be an exceptional Yamaha.  I wore it out in the 24 years I played it, housed in the denim print carry bag.  Lots of fond memories and stories.  I was offered three different Martins for it, trades which I declined  (Stored in the closet.)


#4 – Meenie A Takamine G335 12 string dreadnaught acoustic that I purchased new in 1997.  18 years of joyful service until the bridge popped.  Plans are to get it fixed.  My favorite guitar thus far, with more than a few good stories. (Stored in the closet.)


#5 – Maha My second Yamaha, a FS720S concert acoustic that Vince Bell sent me when the bridge popped on the Meenie in 2015.  It is also one of the exceptional Yamaha gems, and played much the same way #3 played, so adapting to it was easy.  Most noted is the StarWars b/w hard case.


#6 – Egee The Takamine EG523CDX12 jumbo that I brought home 11 hours ago.  This one was was accepted from a friend, in lieu of money to be repaid.  It plays much like the Meenie, and it has the TK40 electronics/tuner built in.  It’s also the first time in my life that I will have two working guitars together for any length of time (assuming I survive long enough).


(6 hours until dental surgery)


Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 9:03 pm

Spring Fling was last weekend, and my body is still fussing at me.  I’m not in the least bit surprised.  I was there from Friday until Monday, and I left because the 64 pounds of ice I bought on Friday was down to less than 2 pounds.  I needed it to get the leftovers home in good condition.


It was a musical monstrosity, music going non-stop for 12.5 hours on Friday, 17 hours on Saturday, and 17 hours on Sunday.  And I mean non-stop literally.  And the new talent was exceptional.  I came home with sore fingers, though I paced myself and played a little on Monday morning.  I was accused of slacking on Sunday evening, but the manic nature of the music circle told me that I wasn’t needed until everyone folded.  I would sit and lead, and I’d be over-ridden in short order, so I backed off until I was truly needed, finally exonerating myself of the slacking charges.


I wasn’t able to chow down as much I would have liked, as I wasn’t able to do a proper training to empty my digestive tract.  But I did sustain myself well, and what I ate was yummy.  I bbq’ed two pork loins, and they were proper.  They even made it on Monday breakfast as Canadian Bacon.  But I brought over one loin home.  (I gave Julie about four pounds of it when we got back to Brenham.)  There was more than ample food.


So the freezer is jam packed again.  (I got three sirloins on special today, last day of the sale.)  My body is sore and needing regular doses of ibuprofen.  Today was garbage day, and I thought it was Friday because of it.  (Brain is still fuzzy.)  But I got most items unpacked, washed where needed, and I can sit and vegetate now.  Well, maybe a run to Music School tomorrow, though I won’t be playing music all night.  I got a little extra sun, pink but not burnt.  So I will primarily be indoors for the next few days.  The memories will keep me satisfied.  It was a good party.

The slower you get…

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 10:48 pm

The slower you get, the more hugs that you need.


I penned that last Sunday, as I gathered my share of hugs.  It seemed to go over pretty well.


Added three songs to the book this week.  None are unknown, I’ve played along with them before or know them well enough.  None of them are difficult, but they aren’t classic progressions either.


Still getting my share of sleep.  Body not quite back to snuff.

A Farewell to Richard Dobson

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 2:27 am

On Sunday, friends of the late Richard Dobson gathered privately in Elgin to join his widow Edith in bidding him a musical farewell.  There was a long list of hallowed musicians and songwriters from Texas and Nashville performing two or three songs that Richard wrote.


I was one of the local acts who brought up the rear, sharing the stage with Ellen, Julie, Stephen, and Lynette.  We pretty much brought the crowd activity to a halt, something no other set managed.  Our rehearsals paid off, and we did well.  And the compliments from high were a bit overwhelming.


Following the show was a jam that went from sunset to the wee hours.  I was the last jam leader to fold.  All in all, I feel that Richard would have approved.


It was a good gathering.  Much of the family was there.  Lots of catching up and warm fun.  It was a good time.    Julie got to meet and play with some of the musicians for the first time.  We headed back to Brenham in the wee hours, a nice warm glow.


R&R was intense for a couple of days, and on Wednesday, I got all my business for the week behind me.  Now I have the rest of the week to do my stuff, I hope.


Posted on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at 1:32 am

Truck is registered for another year, insurance for 6 months.  Thursday was an expensive day, but I took Julie out to Chili’s for dinner.  I at least got a little fun out of spending a gob of money that day.  The truck passed inspection without any prep being done to it.  Met the deadline by two and a half hours.  I hate what sinus infections do to one’s schedule.  Big rain storms too.


Rehearsing Hum of the Wheels for Richard’s memorial.


Good Friday was a holiday here, so I just kicked back and holidayed, all my errands done.  Chili cheese spud for dinner.


Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 5:16 am

Well, the upper respiratory infection has lingered on to the two week point today.  Not bad, and I’m once again free from medication.  But I still occasionally blow my nose.  But it is finally coming around.  Finally.  Knock on wood.


Road construction has been going on for two days, and the house has vibrated frequently.  Asphalt Zipper, loaders, grader, vibrating soil compactor, smooth vibrating compactor, water trucks, the list of road paving equipment has been a long one.  It will be nice when they get done, hopefully by the end of the week.


Still looking ahead to dental work.  Hopefully I’ll get started on it next week.  Also truck title, registration, inspection, and insurance.  I’ve got a week to get that done, once the road work allows me to get the truck out for inspection.


Put together a concept image in Photoshop for JW², a potential duet with Julie and me, since JW is both our initials.  My intent is to use the guitars in a photo, her Martin 12 string and my Yamaha, rather than this rough composite.  But it shows how to arrange the instruments for the PR image.


ho ho

Posted on Sunday, December 24th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

It’s Christmas Eve, and my fingers are sore from playing last night at the solstice celebration.  Julie and I went early and worked the afternoon, then partied into the wee hours of the morning.  That makes twice (Music School and Solstice) that I have pressed my fingers to the limit playing music.  But it was a lot of fun to be playing that much.


It has been fun socializing, but it’s time to hunker down and ride out the cool weather that has taken residence in the neighborhood.  I have plenty to do to keep me occupied here at home, not to mention the medical visits and procedures coming up in January.


I have plenty to eat in the fridge, a nice selection of items from the freezer thawed and ready to eat.  And there is plenty of produce to go along with it.  I need to use up the milk too.  Of note, I did get to eat one of the prime ribs this time around, sharing it with Julie.  I’m tempted to go get another pack, as today is the last day they’re on special.

TRD jr

Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 7:41 am

Waiting for the sun to rise to start packing in earnest.  There’s not a lot to pack.  Cooking utensils and cutlery, clothing, bedding, musical, food and ice, meds & first aid, and misc.


Tonight will be my main musical sessions, while it’s still warm.  Looking forward to it.  I’ve been saving my fingers all week, and they have had three good sessions recently to toughen the pads.  So I should be good for several hours.

Final day of rest

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 7:05 am

Today is the final day for gathering steam.  Tomorrow, I head to Webberville to release the serving table for the party from storage.  Then Friday I depart for the party in the afternoon.  Packing and loading will fill the 24 hours between jaunts.


I have pretty much decided on ribs, pork loin, and cheesecake as my contributions.  I don’t think the caramel corn will arrive in time.


Weather looks good for Friday, but the norther will come rolling through on Saturday with some stout winds and dropping lows.  I don’t think I’ll last until Monday, as Sunday night looks to be quite chilly.  At least the chance of rain is minimal.  I will pack warm.  I plan on wearing my fingers down to the bone playing music on Friday night while it’s still warm.


Posted on Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Went through Wahine/Sister Jane rehearsals on Thursday night for Saturday night at the Good Luck Grill, which was a joy.  In between on Friday, I discovered a frozen bolt (now a stripped head frozen bolt) on the alternator (model 7744), so it hasn’t been replaced.  Was a Mac security expert today.


I’ll be in Brenham tonight and in Bryan tomorrow morning.  I have been rolling…


Been very warm last couple of days, a tropical bulge ahead of a norther w/ rain.  The front is moving in, not too many miles off.


Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 8:07 am

The party was enjoyable.  Lots of music, plenty of food, all went quite well.  I played until my pads blistered, though my voice persisted.  I got to play and sing with a lot of friends.  Cooked a couple of pork loins (kept half of one), mesquite marinaded, mesquite sauced.


Running an errand for Franci before I head back, as she needs to be in three places at once today.


Rain all over the area, but it looks like it will be clearing out today.


Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 8:04 am

Sitting in Austin, waiting for the party in Elgin this evening.  Marinated pork loins are my contribution.  Not sure if it will rain tomorrow as the forecast predicts.  But I’m ready to play music.


Health issues seems to be the main news in the last week, and none of it particularly good.  Fortunately, I’m doing pretty well, all told.  I lost some weight being in Elgin.  I’m just tired and sore from all the baggage toting.


I look forward to being back home next week.  I need the rest.

T – 3 days

Posted on Monday, December 26th, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Starting to gear up on the logistics of heading back to Brenham, what goes where now, what has to wait for packing, errands to run.  The holidays have slowed things, but there is still ample time to get everything done.


It got up to 84°F today.  Whew!


Tabbed Killing Time in Texas today.  Not that hard to learn from having played it Donnie so many times.  And I can do it in E (capo) as the original or in C as I’m used to doing.


Thawed out one of the packs of pulled pork for Christmas Day.  That stuff is yummy.


Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 8:18 pm

The pulled pork got made today, and it turned out yummy, everyone wanting seconds.  The Bowmans and Donnie Green and Sharon showed up for an afternoon jam session, and we had a very good time celebrating Lyse’s birthday in absentia.


Got yet another batch of homemade cookies for my birthday.


Didn’t get all my chores done today.  I dozed off after getting everything in order.


Posted on Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 8:50 am

It has been several years since I had to recover from a major party.  The party was fun.  Lots of music, plenty of food, lots of fond familiar faces.  Lots of exercise, guitar pad blisters, blown voice, all sorts of aches and pains.  But it was lots of fun.


And recovery is taking about the same schedule as usual.  Slept like a hibernating bear, ached something awful.  But one difference is an elevated blood pressure that just doesn’t want to go away.


Staying indoors today, avoiding Black Friday anything.  Got plenty of food, so there is no need to go anywhere.  I may go to the Apple Store on Monday to check out the details on the MacBook Pro.  No need to do it now.

Off to Bryan

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Heading to Music School today.  My fingers and voice have been sorely neglected the last six weeks.  Tonight will reveal just how badly the neglect has set in.

New toys

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Well, the new toys are here.  525 G placed on the new hard drive so far, a quarter of the way there.  Maybe.  Not in a huge hurry to get those DVD burns copied over, but not poking either.  You don’t get a drive filled by doing nothing.  Lots of box shifting.


Microphone came in, and the amp equalizer, while crude, helps balance the hot high end.  I can get my voice and guitar to co-exist pretty well on the amp.  The set is complete now, except maybe the backup mike and cord.  Not in a hurry for that, as I’m not gigging with it yet.  Amp, mike, cord, guitar and pickup, guitar stand, mike stand, boom, iPad and holder, power strip, extension cord, folding stool.  It’s a two trip set up.


I am back in stride, and tomorrow starts the 65 years old things.  Finally getting a chance to apply, etc.

One week to go

Posted on Sunday, February 21st, 2016 at 12:27 pm

One week left before I head back east.


I performed at Liberty Tree Tavern on Friday night (the former Quoffer’s), a set of five songs.  I was expecting a few more, so my energy curve was too subtle, and I finished with Wagon Wheel.  Got to see old friends and had a good time.


One negative thing about Granny’s is how quickly bread will mold.  I lost 3/4 of a loaf.  Bleeh.


Speedo has really taking a liking to me, wanting pets all the time, anxious to see me, hanging out with me in Granny’s.  She’s just always so happy to see me.


I could stay a few extra days, but I have things to do in Brenham, and some prep needs to be done for the water heater, a good sweeping under the bed, and more.  So best if the place is vacant a few days before Richard and Edith arrive.