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Singin' in the Summer
Sun, May 18, 2014
TTHS Hall of Fame
May 18, 2014
Greetings Everyone , a bit late on the log, as we have been very hectic on the continuous voyage ...
I am hoping you are all seeing a taste of a rather late spring this year, and send out wishes for better conditions in California.
We recently completed a whirlwind tour of Indiana, Illinois, and beautiful Wisconsin.
It was great to be with all 4 of my siblings again as we celebrated my induction into my high school Hall of Fame in Chicago. I had no idea the mezzanine was full of students - they must have had them Google each inductee as they went crazy with cheers when I was introduced. It was equally humbling to see my photo get placed front and center on the Wall of Fame permanently at the school. I was so proud and also very pleased to hear the school principal give his wonderful speech that was very moving.. The area I grew up in is completely different now ethnicly, and it was so wonderful to see a fired up Principle who currently has an 86% of College bound students!
I visited the gymnasium where I had spent a lot of time near the stage at the Friday night dances listening to the"'Thorntoneers" dance band all night long.
My very first recording with the Capitals was when I attended that High School - our parents had to sign permission slips for our participation!
At the dinner reception I was reunited with my grade school music teacher Miss Anderson and we got to talk with her for the rest of the night. She was 21 when she took her first assignment at our grade school which is where I took up French Horn with a private tutor she had suggested. I played it through 4 years of grade school and 3 years of high school. Between grade school and high school I pursued the guitar practicing 2-3 hours a day for a year till I joined the Capitols band replacing Joe Schwantner who was very influential in my life as a friend and guitar teacher. Joe went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in music in 1979 which was the very same year Poco received our first gold LP!
After my Induction, we traveled to Waupun, Wisconsin to play a beautiful historic music hall there with my Midwest Band featuring my old and dear friend Mike Roddy on drums/vocals, Elwood Lee on vocals/lead and rhythm guitar/pedal steel/ and mandolin. JIm Strouf on keyboards/bass. We received 3 standing ovations and the Mayor who introduced us wants us back asap! What a wild a wonderful weekend it was and I'm looking forward to more touring this summer
out West and back to the Midwest late summer/fall.
This week I jump back into the final mastering which is being sent to Scotland! PCB Key West will play Schooner Wharf on the last weekend of May, and we have a project all of June and hit the road in August.
I hope you all have a joyous and love filled summer, we'll work on getting show schedules up and the new items in the Treasure Chest!
Many happy sails and trails to you all.