Sunday, October 30, 2005

Joy in unexpected places.

Isn't it so confusing how life can be so beautiful and so ugly at the same time?


Karaoke is therapeutic for me. This is part of life's joy. Jay and I, doing the George Michael/Elton John duet version of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me."

When a man can belt out his favorite songs, in the company of friends and strangers, something magical happens. This might just be me, but I think more people experience it, and haven't named it yet.

Thank God for karaoke. It makes life worth fighting for.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

New Ride!

Here she be. Beautiful silver. I drove out to Union City and picked it up, in the face of lots of Harley riding big men.


Having a blast.

Looking forward to:
my sister's wedding in the Quad Cities
time with my family
more touring
writing and eventually recording again!

Lots more to say, but not much time to say it. Grace, grace.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Selling the strat

The day has come. I am in the process of selling my '65 strat. It's refinished, which means it's an old guitar that was meant to be played, not hung on a wall. This week I'm off to meet with a guy that can take it all apart and tell me how original the parts are.

These people that buy strats are pretty intense. They want to know every bit. So. We begin the detective work. Hopefully it will provide the means to this.
Example I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Pumpkins, scooters, coldplays, tours.

Evan came home from a school field trip, and talked about the things he saw at a pumpkin farm. There's a lot of animals, a petting zoo type thing, a hay maze, and at the end, they all get to take home a pumpkin.

He was explaining about one of the animals he saw at the farm. Story-telling takes a little while to happen for him. There's all sorts of nerves firing, I can see it in his eyes. He wants to tell me so I'm there with him.

In a moment of recollecting thoughts about what animals he saw, Ella offered a guess.
"A wine-ocer-idge?"

We were in Atlanta for the Coldplay show. I love to see artists succeed that are gracious in reflecting the praise and spirit offered up to them by an audience. I get the sense that they know they are a part of something bigger than themselves. Maybe not, but I hope that for them. I imagine it'd make the ride much more enjoyable. The show was incredible. There were moments where I just reached my hand out, almost to receive what they were bringing.


A great highlight was when Michael Stipe joined Chris Martin on stage to sing "Nightswimming." Whew.

I want to buy a scooter. Not only for tooling around town with Lis, great gas mileage, my small errands and meetings with friends, I got bit by the bug at this retreat we had recently.
2 atv's, a big hill, a shallow creek spring, and I was hooked. A man fully realized.

We're leaving for a tour soon. It's gonna be fun. We've got a great drummer sitting in with us for these dates, and we're getting more creative and risky than any other time I can remember. We'll see how this leads us into the next record. Don Miller is joining us!!