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    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 9:21 AM


    Cool Good morning! It's just shy of nine o'clock on this Sunday-that-feels-like-a-Monday. Not in the dreaded back-to-work sense, just that it seems a day later. Yesterday felt like a Sunday. Other than that basic disorientation, I'm pretty much back on track. Out from behind the 8-ball..
        Music news. You can tell you're getting old when a "busy patch" consists of 4 gigs over a 3-week period. Yesterday marked the end of this minor flurry, playing at the Art Fair with the Samba Llamas(which, for what it's worth, was pronounced Yamas--which, I guess, is actually correct in Spanish). I was the only chord instrument. which was both stressful and fun.
      One thing about holding down the fort like that: you also determine the harmony. Ah, at last to rule! Sorry, I was channeling General Zod for a second there. But I was able to fix, by virtue of being the sole chord instrument, a change in the tune The Look of Love. I think they could tell that it finally sounded 'right'. Otherwise, I towed the line with what was on the page--which kept blowing all over the place with the afternoon wind. Buddy, the saxophonist, detests playing outside for that very reason. Gotta say, I'm with him on that one. Next one of these outdoor events I do, I'm going to be armed with clothespins..
      It was a little crazy soloing with just me and the percussion. When you're carrying the harmonic ball(jeez, here he goes again!), everything drops out when you go to solo. It was the reason, or a reason, that Freddie Green is known as a 'rhythm' guitarist--reportedly, everything fell apart when he went to solo. But in my case, I finally started to use all that air--embrace the space, as it were. But then the gig was over.
      Like I've said before, I love a slow patch after a busy one. Ahhh...Probably some more YouTube stuff. I'm up to 68 subscribers now, as of today. Yes, I know it ain't much, but it's better than 67..
      Last bit of news. Ordered the new CD by Shawn Purcell on CD Baby. Looking forward to hearing some great guitar playing, and I'm sure it'll deliver. 
      So that's all I've got for this Sunday morning. Thanks as ever for reading. Happy Sunday to you! I'm outa here. More later. 
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