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Gone too soon. Thank you Oren

A  couple of years ago a fellow blogger and friend James Zahn (The Rock Father) invited me to join a Dad Blogger group on Facebook.  A man by the name of Oren Miller (A Blogger and a Father) welcomed me to the group he had started as a way for dads who blog to talk about their families, exchange ideas, argue a bit, offer support to fellow fathers and bloggers and most of all recognize the positive force dads are in society.  The only rule in the group is “Don’t be a Dick.”   Well this past week the man who had the brilliant idea to gather dad bloggers of all types died of stage four lung cancer.  He leaves behind a wife and two children .  I can only offer this.  Thank you Oren.  You inspired and touched the lives of so many people and so many that never even had the chance to meet you, myself included. You challenged people to be better by your words and actions.    I leave you all with an Old Irish Blessing.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

You can donate to Oren’s Family by clicking HERE.

Grammy Day!

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Five.  That’s the number of people and bands I know up for a winning a Grammy today. Four of them happen to be in the same category and the fifth I just met the other day and posted about (What are the odds?).  You won’t be seeing them during the prime telecast but the pre-show festivities are available to watch via the Grammy Webcast.   Oh those artists I mentioned. Well around here we’ll be rooting for Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Pop Ups and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Not forgetting my recent adveture with Keb Mo who has a few nominations of his own.  Good luck everyone and you’re all Grammy Worthy, even if you don’t win!

What are the odds?

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What do Keb Mo and I have in common?  We  both think Midwest Buy and Sell is one of the coolest guitar stores in the world.  This postage stamp of a store is filled with guitars, amps and assorted other music equipment. If  your’re driving  by looking for it at 6019 W. Irving. A few doors west of Austin Avenue don’t blink, cause you’ll miss it!  What was once a pawn store is now one of the coolest music places around.  I have bought  guitars, amps, monitors, etc. at great savings thanks to Wayne and his staff.  It’s a no pressure place when purchasing an instrument and they never try to “sell” you.  So you ask how I came by the fact that Keb Mo is a fan of Midwest Buy and Sell.  Last Monday I happened to be in said store (buying guitar strings) when Wayne and a customer were talking about how Keb Mo hadn’t stopped by the store in awhile and how he used to always stop when he was in town.  As I was working the upcoming Keb Mo show I informed them Keb Mo was going to be in town on Saturday.  There was a bit more conversation and I thought nothing of it till I went with Missy (Keb Mo’s tour manager) to pick up Keb Mo at the mall.  Upon picking up Keb I informed him how of the conversation I had earlier in the week. He mentioned he liked the store and asked how far it was. I said “20 minutes”. After a brief discussion with Missy he said “Let’s go!” with a big smile on his face.  Which totally made my week.  How often do you get to drive one of your favorite artists to your favorite guitar store?  First time in my life that 20150131_145726happened.  Do yourself a favor.  Go listen to Keb Mo ‘s new album cause it’s really good and then go buy it! Don’t forget to visit Midwest Buy and Sell either and tell them I sent ya!

Keb Mo and Laurie Berkner?

That is how my weekend is looking.  First Up is Keb Mo and I shall be the show runner which is a fancy word for gofer for the band.  Most importantly this allows me to see the show backstage and if you haven’s seen him perform he’s pretty darn good. His new album is well worth a listen.  A couple tickets are still available  at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts Skokie website.

Then Sunday Morning I shall be headed to see the superstar kindie singer  Laurie Berkner with my son at the Park West.  This will be the first concert I go to with just him. Up to now my daughter has been my partner in crime but it’s time to give the lad his due.  We’re looking to have a lot of fun as Laurie is one of the best for the younger set.

A Year of life, laughter, music and family

What a year 2014 has been. My daughter Just turned ten and all I can think is where does the time go. I swear it was yesterday I had just become a firefighter. Now I got a wife, two kids and my dog just passed away at the ripe old age of 14. He is missed. My son mentioned that very fact just yesterday stating “I miss Henson”(he was an Original Poochamungas). The music took a back seat to work and life this year which made me even more grateful when I had the chance to perform including taking the stage at Lollapalooza. That and the opportunity to bring my daughter along too Lolla was pretty cool (thanks Rymer family!) The older I get the more I appreciate my family and friends and the less I worry about inconsequential crap
The reason I so enjoy playing music is the shared experience of doing something for the joy found in doing it. A paycheck helps make it possible you can do it more often. There are also those I will miss. My Uncle Pete who always had a smile and a laugh. Mike Mann who seemed to have such honest insight on life and music. So glad to have known you both. Go hug your family and friends. Share a beverage on a cold night by a bonfire. Enjoy the moments shared with the ones you love and go find your own music. That which gives you joy. Never let the hate win. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have a great 2015!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May your holiday be filled we health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

Much to be thankful for

This is my favorite holiday of the year. No presents to send or receive. No carols to be sung. While I do enjoy the next holiday I do wish the retail world would stop jamming it down my throat before Halloween has even ended. Today I shall enjoy the company of family and friends while remembering all there is to be grateful for this year. I shall endeavour to teach this to my children as well. If the world had a little more gratitude and kindness it would be a better place. May you all have a great day filled with tasty food and the ones you love. Happy Thanksgiving.