SyntheSizing Spiders

It’s been a long year this week!

SyntheSpider

 
I finally got around to revamping the SyntheSpider website. As mentioned in an earlier post, I set up the SyntheSpider Stuff blog to document my progress in the Roland Guitar Synth Challenge. That blog is an offshoot of the SyntheSpider site, and the site was in sore need of a facelift and update. I also took the opportunity to begin moving the gear pages I used to have on the SoaringSpider site over to SyntheSpider. I’ve been a busy little spider bee.

In His Service

 
The Lord was gracious. He allowed me to play at church this morning. With all that’s been going on recently (a lot of which I don’t share with the public) I really needed that this morning. There is something about playing in a worship service that you don’t get playing at an event like last week’s chili festival.

Sally From Syracuse

 
Back in 1998 we sallied forth from Syracuse (and you probably thought I was going to talk about the famous song by Stu Nunnery!) and ended up here in New Bern. As much as I don’t miss dealing with the bitter cold and the snow and especially the slushy mush that’s in the streets and driveways and parking lots so often during the winter, I truly do miss old friends.

So in my copious spare time the last week or so I’ve been tracking some of those folks down on facebook. It’s been a lot of fun. And I see I’m not the only one who’s been through a lot of stuff through the years.

I mentioned earlier that my Share The Stage series may have some of the Syracuse folks in it. I’ve been keeping a list and have several names from Central New York to add in.

And speaking of STS, it’s become obvious to me that I won’t be able to devote a separate post to each artist. I’ll be doing them in batches of from 1 (which I guess ain’t really a batch) to some number larger than that (sorry if I’m not being vague enough).

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

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.

Wetness and Faces

It’s been a wet week here in the east.

Thursday Night Drive

 
My drive home from work Thursday night was a little out of the ordinary. I drove through over a dozen spots with standing water completely covering the road, and a couple where the water looked like it was flowing across. It took me over a half hour to drive some five miles or so along roads with very little traffic. Maybe you have a pickup or an SUV but I have my little pirate car, a Toyota Yaaarrrr – is!

Our street had water across it in a couple of places, one just a couple houses away. Later in the evening when the rain finally tapered off to a misty drizzle, some folks were splashing around in the water up there. Our dog, Susie, who normally won’t even walk on wet grass, decided to wade through the driveway next door. Our little girl is growing up!

By Friday most of the standing water was gone from the parts of New Bern I usually see.

43 and 55

 
So we went for a drive this afternoon, heading west on state 55. Over in Fort Barnwell I took a right, thinking on heading through Vanceboro and taking 43 back to New Bern, but ran into several roads that were still marked as closed. We decided to ride down one and verified for ourselves that the road was totally impassable to wheeled vehicles. We did eventually hit 43 and drove through Vanceboro, but it was just a challenge to get there.

Our prayers go out to those whose lives have been affected by the flooding. A little standing water on your street doesn’t seem like much when you see houses that have been sitting in what amounts to a small lake for a number of days.

On The Band Front . . .

 
I decided after our two weeks of YouTube stardom (our three videos have seen about 140 plays in that time) that it was time to do Facebook. So you can now write on our wall. We have a couple of pix up there from a gig we played at the local Harley-Davidson dealer back in the summer. Hope to get more up there soon.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

YouTube Rock Stars

News Flash! — Cold Biscuit Band Takes YouTube By Storm

 
This last week I got some video files of the Cold Biscuit Band performing at the Hilton deck party in July. After previewing them I thought it was time to put the CBB on YouTube, so I set up an account and did a few uploads.

You can check out our channel at YouTube here.

On The Deck

 
Cold Biscuit Band played the Hilton deck party yesterday. This is one we were originally not scheduled for, but a few weeks back we were asked to play this extra one. And this was New Bern’s 300th Jubilee weekend, so the town was full up with people.

We had a great time on the deck.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.