Where Have All The Spiders Gone?

Here I am.

So Where Have You Been?

 
Busy, I guess.

It’s been just shy of four months since my last post. Not too regular lately, eh, wot? I can, of course, claim the usual excuses. Lots of stuff going on and blah, blah, blah. I suppose between that and CRS (Can’t Remember Stuff) that pretty much covers it.

So what’s been going on these four months? Glad you asked.

Family Affairs

 
Wendie has been diagnosed with, and successfully treated for, cancer, with a very good prognosis. Surgery only was required, no chemo or radiation. That’s a big “Thank You Jesus” for that one. She was actually trying to find the cause of some other issues when this was discovered. Had the other issues not bothered her this might have gone undetected long enough that surgery alone would not be enough. That’s another “Thank You Jesus.”

Our younger son has announced his engagement to be married. Congratulations, Andrew and Jana, and another big “Thank You Jesus.”

And we will be heading north in a few weeks to have a nice visit with Wendie’s family and some of our old friends. Looking forward to that.

Churchy Things

 
Still playing roughly two Sundays a month at New Song Church, and enjoying it more than ever.

The Edge Church has gotten off to a grand start. Their first service was on Easter Sunday. Not long before that they did a promotional event in Surf City called Edge-A-Palooza. Some of us from New Song went down and played a set. It was pretty chilly when we went on, but the day warmed up nicely.

And back to New Song, we had a video in the service this morning of U2 doing “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. ANd when I sat down to do my new entry tonight I noticed the title of my last post was A Bit On (The) Edge. Coincidence? I doubt it.

Other Music-y Stuff

 
Yesterday Cold Biscuit Band played our first real gig this year at the Hilton Deck. It was notable for a few reasons. I think on most of the songs we sounded better than ever. Our new drummer, Laura, joined us on stage for the first time. We also had a guest guitarist, Landy (I hope that’s spelled right). I will fill in last names at a later date (like when I learn what they are). Landy will be filling in on those times (notably Fridays) that I can’t be there.

Landy may have even more opportunity to play with the band since I will be leaving after the first weekend in June. I’ve decided that it’s time to reassess my musical activities.

After our trip up north in mid-June I think I may start organizing a Christian Blues band. I’ll be setting up a page on my website in the near future with more information about this. As always, I reserve the right to back out of this before I get it started. It is, after all, a scary proposition. Pretty much every band I’ve ever played in has been one that has already been in business and I usually replaced someone who was leaving (or had already left).

Anyway, more on this at a later date.

First day of the 2011 Guitar Center King Of The Blues contest is coming up Thursday. I’ll be heading out to Raleigh to try one more time to get past the local store final.

In recent musical history I did a video for the GuitarControl.com contest. You can see that video here. This was a lot of fun to do, even if I wasn’t a finalist.

And not directly a musical thing, but I’ve decided to leave off my Share The Stage posts for now.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

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A Funny Guy

OK. My first Share The Stage nominee (mentioning Esteban in the first post in this series doesn’t count – nor, in fact, does mentioning him in this post) is actor, comedian, musician Hugh Laurie.

Is There A Doctor In The House?

 
I’ve enjoyed watching Mr. Laurie as an actor and occasional musical attraction on the TV show House, where he ably plays the lead role, Dr. Gregory House. I became more intrigued when I did a little online research for a disease that was mentioned several times during a Christmas season marathon, and discovered that Laurie is British. Or as we would say in New Bern, “He’s not from around here, is he?”

Stu’s Dad

 
And it was recently pointed out to me that the man played the father in the Stuart Little movies.

N’awlins Blues

 
But what finally prompted me to consider him as a Share The Stage kind of guy was the blurb I saw recently in Pro Sound News that mentioned he was in the studio working on a CD of New Orleans blues. That is just too cool! I don’t buy new CDs often but this one is going to be on my short list.

New Orleans has popped up on the horizon of my life a few times in the last couple of years, beyond the obvious Katrina reference.

A number of months ago, as I was prepping for my run at the 2009 Guitar Center King Of The Blues title, I got an email from an old friend and co-band member, Paul Sammarco. Paul and I were in a band called Captain Nathan back in the early ’70s, playing a number of gigs in the Syracuse area. Paul now has a record company in Houma, LA called P & J Records. Check out his website and buy some CDs. Mention my name when you do. I’m trying, Paul.

And earlier this year we started attending New Song Church, a church we had been a part of when it first started and then had left for a long season. Coincidentally, the first week we attended was also the first week for the new pastor, Danny Rogers. Danny and his family moved to New Bern a few years ago from the New Orleans area.

But I Digress . . .

 

This Could Be Fun

 

So, Mr. Laurie, you are the official first entrant in the 2010 Share The Stage program.

Mind you, I don’t have all that many gigs, so you’ll need to line one up and then let me Share The Stage with you. One song, a dozen, it’s your choice. You’re in charge. You da man!

I spent some time last night on YouTube searching for musical performances of yours, and found a lot of really funny stuff. I was not aware of your comedic enterprise, not spending much time these days watching late night TV. Too Long Johnny is priceless!

If you’ve found this post you can certainly look around and see a little of what I can do on guitar. I’d enjoy it. How about you?

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.