Tomorrow is Saturday, November 8, 2014 and it is also the Day of the Dowd at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub. Many of you who read this blog or are friends of mine on Facebook are aware that my son is the creator of THE DOWD. Not Day of the Dowd (that credit goes to his smart and talented wife) which I will be supporting tomorrow. While he is best known as a drummer extraordinaire and in our family the drummer for the Justin Roberts band to which we have attended a few shows. Somewhere along the way of seeing him at shows and festivals we became friends. Our two sons get along thick as thieves being only a year apart and living in the same neighborhood. So a while back I was having a morning jam with my son which we are known to do on more than one occasion. He will gather all of his drums, keyboards,ukes, guitars (some real, some toys) and bring them all out to the front room and say… “Daddy let’s Jam!” He does this on occasion with his mom too but mostly me as I am usually practicing my guitar or attempting to write a new tune. Well on that day my wife was home and since he was jamming on keys and guitar and I had a guitar he asked his mom to play the drums. Only he asked her “you be THE DOWD.” We asked for clarification and he matter of factly explained “you play the drums, you be THE DOWD.” Now I have a great drummer in my band named Frank Izzo and never have we referred to the drummer as “THE IZZO” or as his Pooch jersey says “JOES DAD” (the original drummer was Frank’s son Joe). Not sure if it was Gerald’s son’s influence or the beard or that he plays for Justin Roberts. Whatever the cause all drummers in my house are now referred to as THE DOWD. I’m sure this inspired Gerald to go write an album immediately as 3 year olds have the power to inspire. Or maybe his many years of hard work, gigging, recording, practicing, singing, hanging around great musicians and life may have a small reason to do with him releasing a brand new album. You go ahead and think that. But around here we know the truth. Go forth tomorrow and by a ticket for Day of the Dowd at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub and enjoy some great music. Hope to see you there and be sure to by a copy of the new CD ‘Home Now. I’ve heard a few of the tunes and it sounds good!