may 29, 2019

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“Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.” ~ John Ruskin

 

finally, The Mrs.

 

Making my way to the Drum Center who should I run into but BFF John Johnson. It’s always a great day when I get to see his smiling face, and today was a bonus day for yours truly. Finally, I got to meet the love of his life, his wife, Michelle! I loved her immediately, and not because he loves her, but because I could see she that loves him, too. Warmed my heart to the core. When she realized who I was she stuck out her arm to hug me. She is such a sweet soul. Johnny has told me for years how much he adores Michelle, and it’s just a crying shame it has taken this long to meet her. I hope we’re able to meet up again when work isn’t involved so we can all catch up with one another. She’s a keeper, just like him.

april 17, 2019

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“Your diet is not only what you eat. It’s what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, and the people you hang around. Be mindful of the things you put into your body emotionally, spiritually, and physically.” ~ Unknown

 

the dude abides

 

Boy, they’ll just let anybody into the Drum Center! You met John Johnson way back in 2014 when he was teaching at the Drum Center. Since then he’s gone on to get a cosmetology license, buy and sell a barber shop, play in God knows how many bands and on unlimited records, have a brush with death – thank you Mr. Pneumonia – and now he’s helping out the Drum Center owner/friend by running the shop for a few weeks in between his gigs at Rupp Arena and the local nightclubs. That’s the kind of guy Johnny is. He’d do anything in the world to help a friend in need. I didn’t expect to see him today, but I was plum tickled I did. I love him more that words can ever tell. Always have. Always will. Plus I got to hang with Dave Farris again. I should have bought a lottery ticket on the way home I was having such a lucky day!

april 10, 2019

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“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

the boss

 

A few months ago Dave Farris began posting short videos of his playing, his practices really. One day recently he posted an incredible video of some foot work he was doing and I was totally blown away. This was about the same time I hooked up with the second band. Super inspired, I got in touch with Dave to find out if he was teaching. Just so happens he is, and today we had our first get together. As expected, he did not disappoint. In fact, it was awesome. I don’t know how long I’ve known Dave. I can’t tell you the first time we met. Our band paths never crossed much so I really don’t know how we met. We just did. Making that call a few weeks ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, right? I’m a believer and so is Dave. Plus, he gives great hugs.

march 23, 2019

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“You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.” ~ Unknown

 

band #2

 

And this was my office today, taking a seat at the skins with this incredible group of players known as Four Leonards and a Fifth (not pictured is Melissa Snow Groves). I was beyond thrilled that they let me play with them (really, I wore them down), and I was able to finally meet Billy (in green) and wife Becky Rudd. I’d only seen Becky play with Andrew Perkins (guitar), David Hurst (long hair), and Melissa at the first Leonard Cohen Tribute show way back in 2017. I loved Billy and Becky the second they walked in; gifted players both. I can’t tell you how much fun I had today. We played for two hours and actually got through about six songs; from Stevie Wonder’s Superstition to Cheap Trick’s Surrender. Not bad for a first time. This is going to be a super fun band and I’m in love with it already. They’re challenging me in the best way and this Stella is ready to get her groove back. They win Saturday (although I’m the real winner here). 

march 4, 2019

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“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.” ~ Unknown 

 

the dude

 

I love a Fred Sexton so much. He wears Liberty overalls right off the rack, plays a mean guitar, and makes me laugh every time I see him. Plus he’s got the best beard ever. These young wannabe boys with their poorly quaffed beards ought to pay attention to Fred. He’s the real deal with the facial hair. It’s not a trend with him and neither are the overalls. Plus he loves cars and motorcycles. What’s not to love?

march 3, 2019

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“Walk slowly but never walk backward.” ~ Unknown

 

driver’s seat

 

Me and the boys (Neil, Pat, Fred, and Jeff) got together today. We’ve sure had a hard time catching up with one another over the last year, but we finally managed to play a few tunes while the snow poured outside. I was surprised at how much we all remembered after not having played together for the past eight months or longer. It felt good. This is a view to the best office I ever had. I look forward to more days in this office.

february 19, 2019

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“Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

cover

 

Look what showed up in my mailbox today! Tickled me to find it waiting at home. I had so much fun with this bunch of fun-lovin’ hillbillies. I’m really honored they picked me to do their pictures. The photos look really good individually and as a package. And when you open the case and remove the disc? Honey, there’s not a more Debi Horton picture anywhere. It’s all perfect and I’m so happy for Mike. This was an important project for him and I’m glad I could play a small roll.

 

inside

december 10, 2018

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“You’re doing better than you think you are. Keep going. You got this.” ~ TinyBuddha

set list 1964

I’m staying at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC for the conference I’m attending. I had no idea the history of this place until I got here. There’s a large display in the front window of the variety of things that have happened here; everything from Franklin Roosevelt’s inaugural party (a tradition that held for 70 years) to Frank Sinatra performances (among others). My favorite, of course, is that the Beatles stayed here during this first US tour in 1964. There’s a great display in the West portico with this original set list written on Shoreham stationary. The notes in the display (below) will tell all about it. My only disappointment during this trip is that I wasn’t put in the Beatles wing, but hey, my BFF Beverly Howell just got tickets to see Sir Paul next summer in Arlington, Texas checking off #1 on her bucket list, and that makes up for it completely. 

 

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