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    Monday, December 10th, 2018 10:00 AM

    Another Peaceful Monday

    CoolGood morning! 15 degrees out at the moment. My music room, from whence all this verbiage cometh, is the only room in the house without central air. An old rickety window unit helps in the warmer weather, but in Winter it can get chilly in here. I've long since dug out the long underwear- my "thermal dermis"- and the space heater, as well as my
    cold weather garb for those times when I have to leave the house. I loathe Winter, but am more or less ready for it.
       Music news. Two more jobs this month: the 21st(at Robbie's)and the 31st(at the Hoogland). See the gigs page for more information. 
       For now, almost two weeks of free time to wallow in. I was a musician-with-a-dayjob for many years, which means that you keep two schedules. When I first retired, I was afraid of too much free time, and felt like I had to fill it. My calendar was black with activity, 6-10 jobs every month. I know a number of folks(my Dad being one of them)who've  gigged almost compulsively after they retired. Afraid no one will call them, afraid of having too much time.
       At this point, I've embraced the void. Playing music is still a hell of a lot of fun, but I don't have to be out there every minute. I now like having weeks you could shoot a cannon through. And this is one of them. 
      Some recommended listening: Que Allegra by John McLaughlin. It's a trio setting, with an equally monstrous bassist and drummer. McLaughlin I didn't like at first, with his more electrified Mahavishnu Orchestra. His guitar playing sounded frantic and disjointed to me--like the beginners you hear in the music stores on Saturday mornings. Hearing him on acoustic guitar, I then appreciated what a fantastic player he is! The bass player on here is also killer-very Jaco-inspired but still does his own thing. 
      I have some other players to talk about, but this is already getting to be too much to read. Next time I guess. Thanks for reading. Happy Monday to you, if that's not too much of a contradiction in terms. I'm outa here. More later. 
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