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Personal news . . .

Getting ready for my annual September trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where I will serve as chaplain for the 2012 Fall Training Conference, as well as sing an awful lot, and play guitar even more.

Glad I have adult kids living with us . . . no worries about the house!!

Following a short vacation after Philmont, I will be back to singing locally again, including as much as possible with Hugworks in October and November, besides my regular nursing home TME gigs.  I believe an invite is coming from the New Horizons group in Grapevine to provide a concert one evening this fall, and I'll be leading several community Christmas Carol sing-a-longs in December, including the FUMC-Grapevine "Be Our Guest" neighborhood Christmas dinner.

I've been wondering if the increased number of invites has anything to do with my having lost 52 pounds in the past 8 months.  Maybe . . . I do know I am singing better . . . and seem to have more stamina to do 45-60 minute concerts w…

Noel Paul Stookey . . .

A wonderful YouTube video of Noel Paul Stookey.  It was my wonderful luck to hear him in concert at Poor David's Pub in Dallas last year at a fundraising for Hugworks.org.

Enjoy. He is one of the best.

God's grace and old singer/songwriters still amaze me . . . ><>

Grapevine Guitar Works is expanding their showroom

The GGW showroom is expanding in the coming weeks.  The new additions will house many of the higher end Gibson and Taylor acoustics, along with Eastman and other acoustic brands.

I get to help with the remodel . . . as I do a lot of the display work as part of GGW sponsoring my TME  ministry.  The additional space will give acoustic players a place to play with a wall between them and those shopping for or trying out electric guitar players through amps.

More to come from GGW, including two new lesson rooms in the near future.  As I understand it, GGW is one of the fastest growing independent guitar stores in Texas.  I am glad to be associated with them.  I think there may be a new special announcement from Gibson Guitars as well in the near future!

For more info, check out www.grapevineguitarworks.com or give them a call!

Self Therapy and singing to Seniors . . .

I have a regular Theraputic Music Entertainment gig at several local Healthcare/Rehad centers in the area.   Healthcare/Rehab Centers are what nursing homes around here are called now.

On the 1st Monday of the month I sing at 3:30 PM.  It's usually my largest attended "concert" of the month . . . 20 people yesterday.

I do a mix of songs from the 50's and 60's, along gospel songs and some of the songs from the Hugworks T.M.E. catalog.  It's a fast 45 minutes.

I try to do the best I can . . . talk slowly and loudly enough for all to hear.  I include a lot of humor and old jokes.  I mix things up a lot, singing a slow love song after a fast song, followed by a funny song that is followed then by an Elvis tune.  

They love Elvis.

I finish with a few gospel hymns, and then I shake everyone's hand and off I go.

It feels good, I have to say, when you hear "please come back," from the residents.  It really feels good.

Singing to seniors gives them a c…

Listen to the music . . .

A rare treat this past Tuesday morning . . .

I had a hospital pre-surgery visit with a church member at 5:30 AM.  I made it to my office around 6:45 AM.

I plugged in my Taylor GS Custom and played for a solid 45 minutes, before plugging in the Guild F50R and giving it 30 minutes of its own.

An hour and 15 minutes of solid practice.  Now that's a treat.

Made a difference as well . . . as I worked out a couple of new base line runs into a couple of chords I had been working on.  I also did some practice on some western swing technique that I am trying to learn from Ranger Doug's book.  Anyone familiar with Rider's in the Sky knows who and what I am talking about.

I've got to make time for practice. It's the only way, besides live performance, to get better.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Rats . . . the battery died

Well, the AXL Thin Amp battery is kaput.  Won't take a charge.

Rats, that's the problem with any kind of deep-cycle battery that isn't lithium.  You have to use it or the battery loses power.

Oh well . . . still a great practice and nursing home amp.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>