Happy Birthday to me!

on Saturday, 14 February 2015.

Happy Birthday to me!

No better birthday! Played a show at /one Love Cafe, and my family was there. Outside in the afternoon on a beautiful day! Praise God!

2 kids. 2 years old. 2 puke in my mouth.

on Tuesday, 18 November 2014.

2 kids. 2 years old. 2 puke in my mouth.

I am more than grateful to have two little healthy babies that both decided to take dad down with mommy's milk. Both were 2 months old. Big brother started and baby sister finished it.

Yesterday marked 3 weeks since my surgery and I am really learning appreciation. I had no clue how much I truly loved walking, running, and most of all dancing. You never know what you have until it's gone.

We are always nervous when you don't have control, when you don't know the outcome. And in our moment of total weakness and vulnerability your TRUE friends so up.

Brown Boxer

on Monday, 03 November 2014.

Brown Boxer

This is not good. I didn't know they existed, but we learn something new everyday. This is a Brown Widow spider. Yep. Making babies on my trash can. Make sure you watch what you are doing if you live in Florida and California. -CMc

My logo

on Saturday, 18 October 2014.

My logo

Love walking in a different city and seeing my logo on a car!

My Angel

on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

Valentina Rose McCarty

On September 13, 2014 my daughter, Valentina Rose McCarty was born. Being the old school daddy I am, I felt my baby was too young to join social media before today. wink emoticon

My daughter's name is basically paying homage to her elders, and ancestors. My grandmother's maiden name was "Valentine". My mother's middle name is "Rose". I am also a Valentine baby, so Valentina Rose is here.

Having a son means raising and creating a man. Having a daughter is a whole other game. One of my brothers, Ernest Jackson, who is a father of a 16 month old daughter told me this:

"She will look to you before all others, in a way she will never look at another. You will be a constant reminder of what she is worth. She will feel and be safe under your watch. You are her protector and teacher of "mans" capability. All other men in her life will mirror what you show her or fill what you lack to provide. You are now, in this moment a HERO.... "

Thank you God for my little princess.

CMc

I'm a Daddy again!

on Sunday, 12 October 2014. Posted in Daddy Stuff

On September 13, 2014 my daughter, Valentina Rose McCarty was born. Being the old school daddy I am, I felt my baby was too young to join social media before today. wink emoticon

My daughter's name is basically paying homage to her elders, and ancestors. My grandmother's maiden name was "Valentine". My mother's middle name is "Rose". I am also a Valentine baby, so Valentina Rose is here.

Having a son means raising and creating a man. Having a daughter is a whole other game. One of my brothers, Ernest Jackson, who is a father of a 16 month old daughter told me this:

"She will look to you before all others, in a way she will never look at another. You will be a constant reminder of what she is worth. She will feel and be safe under your watch. You are her protector and teacher of "mans" capability. All other men in her life will mirror what you show her or fill what you lack to provide. You are now, in this moment a HERO.... "

Thank you God for my little princess.

 

Happy October Everyone

Written by Chris McCarty on Thursday, 02 October 2014. Posted in News

Happy October Everyone

Happy October everyone!

In one month I will have my 2 year recovery knee surgery, and because of that I am going to have a few shows this month with a band so I can re-live the glory days when I was dancing for hours!

Oct 21 Skipper's Smokehouse Tampa 7pm!
Oct 24 Tioga Town Center 7pm
EVERY WEDNESDAY Hard Rock Cafe 8pm

I really hope you come and enjoy these last shows, because soon I will be doing my best "Professor X" impersonation in a wheel chair. Sigh

wink emoticon

CMc

Life goes on

on Monday, 03 February 2014. Posted in Life Stuff

Well, football season is over, and life goes on. It always amazes me how in one moment people are experiencing different emotions at once. The people of Seattle are feeling a joy they have never felt, while wives and husbands were crying over seeing the faces of their loved ones during the half time performance. I was helping two different friends with their ended relationships, while bonding with my 12 year old raking our yard. My 1 year old is growing each day, and revealing the truth every step of the way. This life is not about me. This life is about everyone AROUND me. So grateful to be apart of it all, and keep perspective while in the madness. I hope you don't mind me sharing this perspective with you.

Hopefully I will see you this week at The Hard Rock, or The Getaway.

CMc

Special Thanks

on Sunday, 02 February 2014.

Special thanks to these companies at NAMM

I just want to thank these companies and people for helping to make my first NAMM experience amazing!

 

Cole Clark Guitars- Thanks Sean for allowing me to perform with The Fat Lady 2! I fell in love with these guitars the first time I touched one! This was the first place I went to while I was there, and it was the best move I did! Can't wait to play one again!

Aclam Guitars- Victor Partido for allowing me to use their pedal board. What a cool invention they created! A pedal board that illuminates! To Barcelona with love!

Clayton Guitar Picks! Thanks Mrs Sharron for coming to check me out, AND for singing to me! "I like the way you work it!". Hopefully I will have my very own "Chris McCarty" picks!

Boss and Roland-  Paul Yougblood and Aaron Marino for listening to me go 100 mph on how much I love their equipment! In my "royals" video I use BOTH a Boss and Roland's Gr33. Thank you for helping artists like me sound really cool!

Gator Cases- Brian Larsen for your time and information for my new cases. I look forward to hanging with you in Tampa soon homey!

Rock Cellar- Adrian for coming to my show, and for the write up. Look forward to many interviews with you my man.

RAM Mounts- Jason Shipley for your confidence in your product, that made you GIVE me one of your mounts. That sort of confidence is infectious. Can't wait to show you a picture of me using it on stage!

GoPro- David Rodick for the conversation while the madness was happening around us! Can't wait to put together a video using GoPro cameras! That will be VERY cool.

 

I will see you all next year at least, but hopefully soon I will be representing ALL of your equipment and will be able to do my part in helping YOU spread the word about your passion with music. THANK YOU!!!

 

CMc

NAMM Day 2 and 3

Written by Chris McCarty on Sunday, 26 January 2014. Posted in News

NAMM Day 2 and 3

NAMM day 2,

As some of you know day 2 blew day one away when I walked into the conference hall and was told to "avoid the Stevie Wonder line.". No. I will NOt be avoiding Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is absolutely one of my all-time favorites. What is funny is right before I got there I was listening to him!?! I don't know how I do it, but God seems to often let me in places I normally shouldn't be.

For example: When I was in 7th grade MC Hammer came to Gainesville, and my ticket was on the 3rd level of the O'Connell Center, so why was I in the front row of the show? So here is Stevie wonder, playing keyboards, and I stood directly in front, RIGHT IN FRONT of the keyboard he was playing? I took a picture of his fingers, because I don't think I have ever SEEN a picture of his fingers. He started playing "Superstitious". Crazy. When he stood up to leave I told him I love his music, and I was listening to him before I saw him, and he reached out his hand and took mine, and said, "Thank you". I missed MJ, but not him. THANK YOU GOD.

NAMM 2014

Written by Chris McCarty on Saturday, 25 January 2014. Posted in News

NAMM 2014

First day of Namm.

This place is stupid amazing! The security is insane, and that's because
the stars are in the building. As a music nerd I have a healthy respect
for all of my peers, and I have enjoyed meeting, and chatting them up. The
vibe here is really chill, because, as they have told me, "Hell, you're in
here, so you have to be someone special too!". Cool.

Halloween!

on Wednesday, 30 October 2013. Posted in Daddy Stuff

Happy Halloween

Getting ready for tomorrow! Last year Jah'hani was a Banana, and this year Puss N Boots! Every year his sister goes as a "older" girl(grrrrr).

Happy Halloween to you all! Please be safe, scare someone, smile, laugh and take pictures! We don't have the time we think we have...

CMc

Omaha, NE

on Thursday, 26 September 2013. Posted in Life Stuff

I fell asleep at 11pm and woke up at 2 am to drive O, Jah, and myself to Tampa to catch the early flight.

 I have been told by my close friends that I am like the "Energizer Bunny". I think there is a bit of truth to that, because I can work all day, get 3 hours of sleep and get up and drive on the highway for hours. This trip would prove to be a little different though, because little man Jah'hani was traveling, and oh was this kid NOT HAPPY. Jah gets around 10-12 hours of sleep a night, but this day not so much, and man he let EVERYONE in the airport, the Airplane, and especially his parents know never to do this to him again! 

 I have a confession, before I had a baby and would be on a flight, I used to curse the child that wouldn't shut up! Now..I AM that parent of THAT kid that is just moaning and groaning. I repented all of my former thoughts, and asked for forgiveness by asking for forgivness to ALL of my surrounding passengers. "Sorry everyone, my child is NOt a morning person, as we all see. We are THAT family." which was actually well accepted. I can only hope that it helped ease the minds of all on board. Luckily I have become a master at helping my child fall asleep, and he was out in 20 minutes, but... There was another flight for my son to terrorize, and terrorize he did. This poor old lady was sitting in the isle next to us, and she leaned in toward him, saying, "oh, how cute you are!". Jah'hani looked for a second, and I knew what was coming next. If my son could speak he would have asked the lady, "What did the five fingers say to the face? SLAP!" I was too late, I saw it coming, but being so tired I was a second off, and the slap echoed through the plane, followed by laughter of my child. Poor lady. She took it like a champ though. She gently smiled, and slowly moved back into her "seat-back position" and proceeded to  touch her cheek. SIGH.

 We made it to Omaha, and went to my Father's office to surprise him with his Grandson. Everyone knew, BUT him. Let me say that I never met my Father's dad, he died before I was born, and I think this being his first Grandchild gives my dad a different outlook on being a Grandfather. He was so shocked, and happy! When we left, they were holding hands as we walked out of his office. Really a beautiful site to see. 

 The rest of the few days we spent together went well. I got to see my baby sisters, who are now huge! I actually called them on the stage with me for a quick picture(Ma I need you to send that BTW!), and we met all of my parent's friends. My Ma also introduced me before I played. Special. 

 As I get older I realize that family is all there really is. I just hope to have more days with them before it's time to say goodbye(for now). 

 After t

Katia= The Light

on Wednesday, 25 September 2013.

Katia= The Light

On Saturday we left my family earlier than expected. I was told about an "amazing person" named Katia Sullivan who was battling leukemia, among other illnesses, and The Westchase Foundation was holding a fundraiser for her life. They asked me if I would show up and support, so we did. I believe it is extremely important to sacrifice our own happiness at times for other's happiness. This proved to be one VERY good move. Katia is a walking beam of light, and everyone she touches is changed for the better. Katia is 13 years old, and might be one of the wisest people I have met. If you get a chance to meet her, listen to what she has to say. You will be better for it.

Hard Rock Tampa

on Thursday, 19 September 2013. Posted in News

Thanks to everyone that came to The Hard Rock last night! That was a very cool show. In everything we do there are "high" moments, and "not-so high" moments, but why focus on the latter.

Last week I received a message from a nice mother who informed me that her 15 year old son, Jake, played guitar, AND taught himself how to play my song, "Butterfly". I have never heard anything like this before. This was very humbling news. There are simply no words to describe the feeling I got when I read this message. She then asked me if it would be ok if we could play some together, maybe during a set break, which made me smile, because time is so limited in those situations, but you can understand how much she truly loves her son, and would do anything to make him happy, I feel that way with Jah'hani, and he's not even a year old yet(JUNE 23 IS AROUND THE CORNER!!!). 
I know my life IS NOT MINE, and I love to remind myself when I wake up to start my day that, "It's time to make a difference in someone's life". I feel this life would be a waste if I did not think this way. Besides, I don't care WHO you are, NOTHING in this life will make you feel better/happier than doing something for someone else out of the goodness of your heart. NOTHING. So, with that in mind I decided to bring the kid on stage with us! I could imagine how I would think if I was 15 and got to perform a song at The Hard Rock?!?!? What?!?! So, give that to someone else, and live that experience vicariously through them. Someone might have recorded it, I don't know, and if you did, please, by all means, post it here for all to see. It was just a really special moment, and that's all life really is, a series of moments, and when you realize that, you try to make the best out of all of these moments you have before it's time to check out, and we WILL eventually leave. So, Smile, relax, give, and repeat! Thank you Jake Reed for giving me a special moment I will never forget, hopefully you won't either.