Getting Used to Playing Live

One fun thing about all the rain we have had?  I have the best rain boots ever!

I love my sugar skull boots! And everyone else seems to as well. Everywhere I went yesterday, people stopped me to comment on my boots. They kept my feet warm and dry.

On the other hand, I am so ready for the sun, and very ready to check on my veggie garden. I can tell the plants are getting taller, but I want to get close and see if there is any fruit forming on the tomatoes!  I just have not gone out there in all the rain we have had.

As far as the music in my life (and the music man), our gig over the weekend went very well. It’s such an honor to be asked by a dear friend to help her raise money for breast cancer research. The money goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation. I know, I know, I’ve heard the good and the bad about Komen, but they have helped our dear friend! She is in her seventh year of living with stage IV breast cancer!

We played several songs: The Road is My Middle Name by Bonnie Raitt; Billy Burnette’s Wrong One Right; an instrumental by Jerry Reed, The Claw; an old song called Dim Lights, Thick Smoke; and more.

Playing live is something I am still getting used to. There is so much involved in performing! I think back to all the times I have seen people play and never once realized the work that went into it all before and after the actual tiny amount of time they were on stage. They had to buy and keep up equipment, learn the songs, rehearse them, book the gig, carry their equipment to the gig and set it up, break everything down afterwards, carry it all home, and then they had to unpack it, clean it up and put it away. And most musicians make very little money. I sure tip musicians better now that I realize all of that!

I am learning how to set up my amp, deal with chords, be quiet when my mic and amp are on but we are not playing yet, and so much more! It is also a challenge to learn to play and sing but also engage the audience. I don’t want to just look at a music stand or the floor the whole time! Wow. There is just a lot to it!  And then there is the whole argument about why a music stand or iPad should be on stage anyway!

Did someone ask about Vlad? Well, if you didn’t, you should have. We found out that while we were busy with the gig, he hitched a ride with some of the Meowfia in the neighborhood and went to the beach. Muppet from next door sent this over to us when we got back.

I hope everyone is having a great week.
Enjoy this day!
Lynn

My Orchid Blooms Again

I have watered it exactly as directed: two little plastic cups full, once a week.  It has been sitting in a conditioned space (my sweet shop) in a bright window all throughout the past year.  And guess what!

The orchid Jason bought for me is blooming again. I have never kept an orchid this long, so I really didn’t even know if it would bloom a second time. How sweet!

In guitar news, we did manage to see that amazing performer I alluded to last week. Tommy Emmanuel. He has done a TED talk that will explain a bit about how he plays guitar and how he thinks of music. It was an amazing show! I just cannot even say in words how inspiring he was.  His opening act, Joe Robinson was great for sure, and the light show during Tommy Emmanuel’s music was phenomenal.

Seeing someone so amazing can inspire you greatly, or it can make you timid about ever picking up your guitar again!  We decided to keep on trying!

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

My Christmas Toy: Page Turner Butterfly Pedal

Hey there, and thanks for stopping in! I guess I am officially into music and guitar mode when all I want for Christmas is something to help me play better.  Actually, this gift was a surprise to me from Jason, but I could not have been more excited. It is the PageFlip Butterfly Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal. (affiliate link)

This pedal will let you scroll to the bottom of a page on your android or iPad or tablet, or whatever you have it paired to.  It will let you flip to the next song.  It is great for hands-free page turning.  Ever try to scroll while singing and thinking and holding your guitar with both hands while making chords and strumming?  Yeah, this pedal is great!

We paired it with my iPad (where my music is) last night and tried it out for the first time. The Butterfly is a brand new model.  We are learning all we can and will share information about it.  Jason has the Cicada version.  Look for more posts here about music, recording, and video technology.  I realize everyone is not interested in it, but some are.

Amelia rests.
A view of sunset from the Breeze 4K drone.

Here we are heading into Friday evening. I look forward to being in my shop tomorrow. It is cold outside here, so it’s all I can do to even think about gardening or getting outside today. But my mind keeps spinning pretty webs around pictures in my mind, wrapping them up to remember what I want to do this spring.  I am so thankful for today!  Each and every day is a gift.

I hope everyone has an awesome Friday and Saturday!

Enjoy this day!

Hoyt’s Nickel Cologne, Estate Sale, and Other Stuff and Nonsense

Ahhh, the wonder of walking into a home where every. single. thing…. is for sale. I went to an estate sale early Saturday morning. I don’t know why the home was being emptied of every personal effect. A death? A moving on?  I just know that the home was being completely cleared out.

If you have never been to an estate sale, you should go to one (if you are so inclined towards those sorts of things). It gives me the most bizarre feeling to know that things are sold from out of dresser drawers and the nooks of closet shelves, and the last person to touch everything was the person who lived there but who has now moved on.

I mean, I have moved four times in the last five years. What work!  But in my own experience, I take my things with me when I move! What makes someone move away from a place and leave everything behind?  Well, like I said:  maybe they died.  Maybe they were moved to a nursing home. Maybe they said, “I don’t want it anymore!” At most estate sales, you may go into the kitchen and open cabinets. You may plunder through the clothes in the bedroom closets. You may rifle through the cosmetics in the bathroom.

I found a few items early Saturday morning. One was a Hoyt’s Nickel Cologne bottle. Probably from around 1900. Here is what an original label looked like.

And here is my bottle, sitting in the shop.

It is a tiny, sweet bottle, but the glass is heavy. I love the raised letters. It has character. It’s old.

In other news, Merry Christmas to me.

I went out by myself Sunday evening. I had every notion that I’d see a black Martin guitar and fall in love. Who knew I’d run headlong into a USA-made Guild, born in January of 2009. I love the inlay on the frets. And boy does she ring when she is strummed! I fell in love. I mean completely in love. I stayed in the store and played her for about an hour before I brought her home. I won’t be splurging like this again for awhile.

Here we are rolling into another Monday, but that’s good. As I left Sam Ash, on Cloud 9, heading toward Starbucks for a peppermint mocha to sip on during the trip home, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

Enjoy this day!

Christmas Tree Party and a Few Guitar Christmas Ornaments

Once Thanksgiving is done, it seems a good time to pull out lights, the tree, and boxes of ornaments.  We decided to cook a big pot of spaghetti and have Jason’s mom come over to his house and help us with the tree.  It was such a treat to look at every carefully wrapped ornament.  Jason has a large collection of ornaments.  I have not so many.  In fact, during the many moves I have been through since my divorce, I lost a precious box of ornaments.

One of the most fun things we would do each Christmas with our homeschool group was an ornament exchange.  Each mom would make a batch of ornaments to represent one of the Five in a Row books we had studied.  With a dozen moms in the group, each mom would come home with a variety of ornaments from the exchange.  They were so beautiful!  Looking at them was a reminder of our books, our outings and fieldtrips, and our friendships.  Alas, my collection is gone forever.

As an aside, I am working on an article about what I have been through because of the divorce.  Stay tuned.  But for now, let’s be present tense and moving forward.

Here, enjoy a few ornaments!  I purchased a few of my own this year to add to our collection together.  Two of the guitar Christmas tree ornaments are newly purchased by me to add to our collection, but Jason had many guitar ornaments of his own already!  I just love them!  (The zebra and guitar are two separate ornaments.)

Enjoy this day!

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