. . . to the Roach Hotel and the Hotel California . . .
Time to put some ketchup on.
OK, I confess. I’m a fan of The Wheel Of Time. I actually got into it when I picked up the prequel New Spring as a bargain book and really enjoyed it. Next I found the first book in the series, The Eye Of The World, in the free Burger King book exchange. After that I read the rest of the series in order, buying most copies second-hand.
I started poking around the web when I was having trouble finding book 12, only to find out about the untimely demise of Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr.). So I have been watching the shelves, waiting for the next book as done by Brandon Sanderson to come out in paperback. When I did find it I was briefly disappointed, because it was published in the (fairly) new, taller, more expensive paperback format, which I had long ago decided I was going to avoid (unless found used).
So I watched the copies slowly disappear from the shelf until I decided I would rather not wait until I could find the book used. This is the first purchase I made in the large paperback format.
And I’m glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
When I mentioned I was a fan I should have also mentioned that I’m not a fanatic. So don’t expect me to do some big thesis on the book and critically analyze how well Mr. Sanderson stayed true to Mr. Jordan’s vision. Suffice it to say that it was a pleasure to see how goes the battle, to join Rand and friends on their continuing journey to the end of all things (at least until the next time).
Looking To The Morning
Tomorrow I get to play my guitar at church again. We had a really good practice Thursday and I’m excited about services tomorrow. Actually, looking at the clock, I guess I should say later today.
I recently purchased the 2010 Crossroads 2-DVD set and watched it a week or so back. Another thoroughly enjoyable experience. And a good opening to sneak in another session of Share The Stage.
There are several artists on this set who I would love to Share The Stage with. I’m not going to say a whole lot about each one, but here’s my list:
- Eric Clapton – ’nuff said
- Sonny Landreth – I’ve heard his name but never heard him play until this – he is currently my favorite slide player
- Robert Randolph – first saw him on TV doing some Hendrix stuff – on pedal steel
- Joe Bonamassa – Joe is from a town a little east of my home town in Central New York, and he was the headliner for the Guitar Center King Of The Blues final in 2009
- Hubert Sumlin – a name I had heard, but had not seen him or heard him play until watching some King Of The Blues contest videos
- Doyle Bramhall II – interesting style
- Derek Trucks – I’ve been enjoying his playing for a few years now – he’s probably my current second favorite slide player, and he was the headliner for the Guitar Center King Of The Blues final in 2010
- Susan Tedeschi – have heard the name, finally heard her play
- James Burton – loved his playing since the Ricky Nelson days – he’s still got the touch
- Albert Lee – classic
- John Mayer – that young lad play some blues
- Warren Haynes – love hearing him play Soulshine
- the Los Lobos boys – always some interesting playing with them
- Jeff Beck – one of the most original players on the planet
- Steve Winwood – excellent keys and guitar
- B.B. King – what more can you say?
Yes, you’re right, I didn’t list everyone in the show. Nothing against the other headliners, but I am drawn in particular to the ones I listed.
All In All
That’s it for now. More later.