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How to set up a small space for singing . . .

Here is another photo of how the room and space were set up for my recent performance for the Golden Eagles Senior Adult Fellowship.

Thanks to Donna Barton for taking the pictures!

God's grace, and my getting to sing, still amaze me . . . ><>

This is a good crowd . . .

I posted this picture as a way of sharing the size of the "audience" I usually sing to.

I think there were about 12 -15 people in attendance.  Because of bad knees, I try to sing on a stool or raised up chair of some sort.  The smaller the audience, the closer you can get.  The closer you get, the less important it is to use a sound sytem, PA or amp.

The guitar I am playing is my Guild F-512 12-string.  The guitar in the stand is my every faithful Martin J-40.  Both are genuinely loud guitars, which means they can be played softly as well, or really dug into as needed.

This is the audience size I am most comfortable with, although I have sung for several hundred people while standing on a stage with amp and PA.  The therapeutic nature of what I do "works" best with a smaller group.  It's a time of "singing together" rather than a performance.  However, my guitar playing and singing both need to be at a contant performance standard from start to finis…

Thank you Golden Eagles of Crowley FUMC . . ..

I'm not sure what word or sound I was making, or what song I was singing . . . but I had the wonderful privilege to perform for the Golden Eagles Senior Adult Fellowship on Thursday, November 22nd.  Once a year I provide "Pastor Rick's Musical Review!"  I personally had a blast.

I will be performing for the residents at our Crowley Nursing Home on Thursday, November 16th.  On Friday, November 17th, I will be the entertainment for the Annual Thanksgiving Lunch at the Crowley Senior Center.

I will be out-of-pocket the middle of December through March recovering from long-overdo surgery on both knees.  Hope to be back singing regularly by April.  Looking forward to as well to adding a couple of new venues where I hope to be performing once-a-month.  More to come.

God's grace, and funny faces, still amaze me . . . ><>

Goodbye Tom Petty . . ..

It was confirmed last night that Tom Petty died after being found in his home unresponsive and in full cardiac arrest.  Tom and the Heartbreakers has just finished up their 40th anniversary tour.  Tom was planning to spend more time at home with his new grandchild. 

Everyday is precious.  Live each day as if it is your last.

RIP Tom.  Thank you for the music!

God's grace, and cherished memories of people that made great music, still amaze me . . . ><>

The mystique of Martin Guitars

I have two Taylor guitars, both BTO's.  I have two Guild jumbo's (a six and a12 string).  All of these are just the best guitars in all the world.  Outstanding instruments.  Others who are betters players than I have played them, and I sit in awe of the music this instruments produce.

Desite all this . . . I gravitate to my Martin guitars.

Enjoy this video from a few years back.

If you have a favorite guitar, uke, bass, flute, trumpet, violin or any other instrument, and would love to share you story, then please contact me by email at revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace, and a fine guitar, amaze me greatly . . .  ><>

Singer-Songwriter David Wilcox Plays His 1996 Olson SJ

David Wilcox is a master song-writer and storyteller.  Although he mainly tours with his signature Rainsong Jumbo guitar, he has a long-time love and appreciation for guitars made by James Olson.   This is a great story.

David's website is www.davidwilcox.com.

If you have a favorite guitar, uke, bass, flute, trumpet, violin or any other instrument, and would love to share you story, then please contact me by email at revrickmang@gmail.com.

God's grace, and great stories, still amaze me . . . ><>