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Winter NAMM 2014
The NAMM Show is the largest Music Manufacturers convention in the nation. They have 50 groups perform from Sheila E, Living Color, to Chris McCarty. Sick.
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.
The building is full of technology at it's best. All the major recording appliances, microphones, guitars, Dj equipment, computers, EVERYTHING is here. The creators of all of the major guitars you know ARE HERE, and they love calling you by your first name, like we have been kicking it for years.
I kicked it with Tre Cool(Green Day's drummer), Giovanni Hidalgo(percussionist for Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon), Victor Wooten(Bass player Bela flek, Dave Matthews), Chris Dave(Mint Condition's drummer), and one of my childhood idols, Living Color(Cult of Personality), who I must tell you were the coolest, funniest cats I have met in a long time. Conversation went like this:
Me: "Yo man, you made me dude!"
Vernon(guitarist) "I'm your daddy?!?"
Corey(Lead singer) "Nah man, I'M his daddy, he's good looking, like ME!"
Me: "You ain't my daddy! If you were, where the hell is my 'daddy money?!"
Vernon: "here(pulls out a dollar), that's all I got from your brother's and sister's mothers!"
Me: "Thanks! I'll just use it to download "Cult of Personality" , So I can listen to it and think of all the time we missed playing catch, you miserable bastard!"
This is part when we all started rolling.
Like I said, this place is great, and that was only day 1!
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
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.
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.
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.
I fell asleep around 11pm and woke up at 2 am to make the trip to Omaha, NE. My son was none too happy.
I hope this week has been well for you! Omaha has been VERY kind to me and my family! We surprised my dad with a visit from his Grandson! You see my dad has pulled tricks on EVERYONE in the family, and this was the first time we actually got him! I wish I had a picture of his face when Jah'hani walked into his office.. Priceless.
I will post pics of the show, and hopefully I can show a video as well. The stage is unreal. There have been reports to 7-10,000 people that will be here, and I get to see my dad holding my son while I play. A first. God...you rock!
I hope to see you tomorrow at 7pm(My Omaha Peeps)
Don't forget Saturday in Tampa is a special event.... more on that later!
When I was twenty I used to love to play multiple shows, now I realize..I'm getting old.
Today(Sept. 5th) is my brother's Birthday. Happy Birthday Phil!
Labor day has always meant "4 day weekend", but now it I see it as much more. As most of you know I was in a contest last thursday in Destin, Fl. Aside from the contest, there was a fireworks show for all of the fallen soldiers, and the ones who are still with us. I couldn't imagine what they have seen.
The contest went well. I was the first to participate, which is both cool, yet not so cool. It's cool that you get to get everything over with, and to some degree "Set the bar". I performed "The Next One", by fan vote, and "Butterfly", by my vote ;). After I went, the emcees decided to remind the crowd that we were also being judged by crowd participation... The "not so cool" part. I wondered if that had anything to do with the second guy, Parker Willingham(such a cool guy) winning? Who knows. All I know is I wasn't done for the weekend. My main objective for coming to Destin was to re-establish myself there, and after my performance I was asked by two establishments to perform the next night! "Ask and you shall receive."
The next night I performed at a resort, which was outdoors, asweats as dropping sweat like I was sweating to the oldies! http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Collection-Sweatin-Oldies/dp/B000Z0UEV0 I played for an hour, and had a good time.
The next spot was in the middle of a huge walkway, by "huge", I mean there was a bungee jumping platform 30-40 feet behind me. I was scheduled to play from 9:30-10:30. I played until 11:45. I met some of THE NICEST people that night, and it is EVERY players dream to play in front of people that are truly feeling your music, and listening to every word you have to say, so why end it early? At one point there was a large group standing around, and for a minute I was thinking, "This is great! They are all digging what I'm doing!". No. There was a girl on the bungee jump, who was scared to jump. So, I decided to make the moment more entertaining, and start singing,"Free Falling". She didn't think that too funny.
Eventually she jumped, as I was playing, "Eye of the Tiger". Everyone applauded, and it was then that I got a text from an old friend of mine, Sam, as in "Son of Sam", a very popular DJ in Destin, who happen to be spinning at Coyote Ugly, and San told me he could get me on stage after the band finished, and an extra bonus the owner would be there. So, it was on to my 4th show. Let's roll.
When I got to The Ugly, there were many girls dancing on top of the bar, just like the movie, yet, there was something missing...Oh yeah, that really cute actress from the movie. I felt robbed. Just kidding(for those of you who take things a little too seriously). I did my very best to avoid people on my way in, I knew I had just been playing for hours, and the chances of me smelling "good" were very small. I have noticed that many times a woman, IF she sees me working(playing)she has NO PROBLEM hugging me, sweaty, and stank, "It's work, so it's all good.", but this situation was NOT like that. Yes, I had finished working, but no one there SAW ME WORKING, so I am just that rank, smelly dude up in the club selling roses for $2! I went to the back, where the outside stage was, and waited my turn to play, and play I did.
Its pretty interesting the position that I find myself in. There are some places where people have heard my music before, and there is no "trying" to impress, and the shows are really easy, but tonight I had to(debatable...read "Life stuff" for more on this)do this three different times. You never know what space people are in and what they maybe in the mood to hear, and sadly, people now-a-days will give you 30 seconds, or more if you are lucky, before they decide that you are "good" or not. Crazy. 19 years of playing the guitar come down to 30 seconds. The first song I performed was "blurred Lines". I figured it's a club, best come with SOMETHING they know. They were really digging it. "Thank you God!". At one point people were taking out their camera phones and recording me. It's funny, you just don't know how far down the rabbit hole those videos go. Then I played "The Next One", and lastly "No Diggity" at one moment I saw the owner standing there, bobbing his head, so I think that was a good sign that I will be able to have my own night there in the near future.
The Next day I drove through Alabama, into Georgia to perform in Marietta, and those shows are SPECIAL. Easily, one of my favorite places to play, because I get to see my family, and very close friends, and the staff of The Wing Cafe know every word to every song I have recorded. One day I hope and pray that everywhere I play people know every lyric, and we can sing together. The show ended at 1:30. I finally found my hotel, looked at the clock and it was 3 am. I had to get up at 5 to make it home to be with my family, and thank God I did. I slept for two days.
I can't wait to do it again.
Everything is changing in the world, and I am changing too! New baby, new hair, new shows, and a new website! Have fun looking around, and doing some leisurely reading on what's going on in my little world. THANK YOU for checking out my new site!
Aug 9th in Downtown Gainesville I will be performing a free show at The Bo Diddley Plaza