Monday, May 30, 2016

Texas Ranch-Style Wedding; best ever

I was a groomsman.  What a blast.  This Valor and Lace experience is really helping me pull out of near hopeless feeling blues.  Depression, I guess.
The Holy man somehow cued Chris to repeat the first bit, but it was Emily's line.  He bagan asking himself to be blablabla

Anyway, when I am around this bunch and included in things like their wedding, it makes me feel like my life is probably worth living, and actually enjoying.  I have trouble with that, I confess.
I am the guy with the white shirt, black hat, and cowboy boots.

This band is like a family in a way that few are.   I cannot explain it.  Clearly, I have a lovely family.  I am not one who thinks I want to substitute or discount blood and all that.  But this is still family. Most people have that sort of thing in some way in their lives.
**The rest of us backed another guy who sang some songs, and people danced like crazy.  Emily is a superb dancer.  It is like a real expression of joy with her.  Country and western people do line dancing and such too.  I think because you don't have to deal with a particular partner if you don't want.  

This is the whole group.  Richard on resonator, JRod on bass, Chris, Emily, and the harmonica player. 
Chris' charisma is really amazing.  Women like him, and even seem like the fact that he is all Emily.  And guys like him.  He was a badass scout sniper in Afghanistan.  And almost got blown up. Like most musicians other than myself, his hearing is a little screwy.  That's why the in-ear monitors he and Emily use made so much different.  When he can hear, he is not pitchy, and it is good.  I have never seen anyone make such progress vocally and instrumentally in such a short time. 

They'll be heading to Texas, north of Austin, Georgetown - Weir vicinity.   Richard resonator too.
If I  can figure a way to slit time, between states, that would be ideal.  That would require some effort and change everything, make more money and find some way to get healthier.

I met a guy who uses cbd oil and has had huge success in combating Mesothelioma.   Upon diagnosis, he was thought to have less than a year to live.  It has been over six and you would never know he had issues.  They don't just ignore the medical world, but his wife took a lot of this into her own hands, so a combination of cannabis oils containing various thc to cbd ratios and such has really made a difference.  Food for thought.

Under certain circumstances, these measures can be a Godsend to a person suffering.  That is not BS as you may have heard.

So I really liked all the Texans there.  Not that many there, but it was great.  I'm glad I have family living there now, both native Texans and transplants.  If only the Seattle nephew wasn't seriously allergic to Austin.  We have yet to pin it down.  It is his excuse to his brother for not moving. Besides they love Seattle.  Another story.  I love Seattle, too.

It is very flattering to have been asked to be in this wedding.  That is a very significant gesture, coming from Emily and Chris.   The type of loyalty involved with this group is not like people who grew up in Miami usually encounter.  Not with my group.  Heartbreaking in a way.

So, this band is getting better, and we made a big splash up the coast on Friday.

So the kid I gave my spare Suzuki Manji to has been listening to all kinds of harmonica and blues stuff, trying to master certain sounds or licks.  I heard he was holding court with it at recess at school, playing whatever he has learned to play and his mom says he was a big hit with the kids.  She implied the lick mastery was more in is head than real.  I get that.

That kid will be a monster by the time he is 12.  I better learn his name.

So, I have been a bit torn.  I have my interest in playing with Enter the Blue Sky as well.  I think they have very different markets. It is just my niche that I work well with both.  I do not see any of the other players of either group playing with the other.

I would love to have the fluidity of movement to work with both bands and particularly figure a good marketing strategy for Sande and ETBS.   Chris and Emily are doing better at moving Valor and Lace along than I ever could.  It is a very different deal.

Also, I don't know that I can stop the subtle self defeating strategy that I feel ETBS(enter the blue sky) sometimes employs.  Right now, I do not have enough energy to figure out how to make her material bring money and implement a plan.  But, I guess I can be a critic.  Sometimes critics are right.

The thing is, I developed somewhat of a different style by playing with Sande, and it is a good thing.  So, I will play.  I enjoy it, just not when we play venues I hate.  For little or absolutely nothing.

Chris and Richard, his wife, Sharon, and Emily all say I am coming to Texas soon enough.  If I can find the right things to keep me going, plus playing with Chris and them, I will do it.  I want to be nearer family, but not when I am isolated, useless, and down on myself.  I have to approve of what I am doing rather than waste away.  If I am near them, I have to be better.  Just how it is, Plus there are little kids there.  Have to always up the game.  The deal of being an example of what not to do is pure bunk and garbage.  Show kids what you want for them and from them, not the opposite.  It is how the mind works.  Although an electric shock when they don't comply is perfectly good practice, if you want results.

So, if you are the one, go ahead and marry me now. Let's just resign ourselves to such fate.  But you must be perfect for me.  Whatever that would be.  Probably pleasant enough and don't find me annoying.

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