I make no excuses for the life I live. I’ve been a musician the best part of my life, and I mean that in all ways it can be construed. I have traveled all over this great nation, played music from Florida to Massachusetts to California and lots of places in between. The truth is, at 62 years old I still love to throw my guitar in the car and go play. I don’t need a written invitation.
Then Old Mother Nature sticks her nose in my business and rains on my parade. I was supposed to drive from South Florida up to Daytona yesterday and play for a bunch of kids in a park. How cool is that? I would be going to Orlando today to play in a very posh, cushy country club tonight, and how cool is THAT? I am so multifaceted it is difficult to pigeonhole me; award winning published author and poet, storyteller, singer-songwriter, musician, performer, all around nice guy, and the list goes on and on and on. Damn.
So this storm, Andrea, burns me for last night, and I am leaving in a while to go play for the country club set this evening, but then I have to be back early to play in a library tomorrow afternoon and in a bar tomorrow night. It’s ok. I’m tough. I can take it.
It’s the old feast or famine story. When I’m not playing much I whine because I’m not playing much. When I’m playing nine gigs in seven days I whine because I’m not playing much. Just can’t please some people, I guess.
The thing that keeps all this so fresh for me is the variety of material I perform. When I play for kids it is all original music, poetry and stories. Sharing these tidbits that emanate from my mind is an absolute highlight of my life. When I play for adults, I do the 60′s/70′s James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmy Buffet thing with the addition of 30′s/40′s standards, show tunes and novelty songs. God I love my life.
Wednesday night at the club where I played, there was a group of elementary school teachers. We talked. I will visit their school next year. I was just approached by an ecology group that wants to protect and save the Florida Panther. I will go play for them later this year. This job gives me the opportunity to interact with people of varied interests and focus and in turn, it makes my life more interesting.
Got a gig coming up, on Earth, that needs an acoustic guitar player? Call me. I’ll throw my guitar in the car and come play.