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Stupidity Knows No Boundaries

Posted by on 04/15/15 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Stupidity Knows No Boundaries

  As I sit here watching the evening news, I’m reminded of a time in my life when I found out first hand that prejudice and “race hating” was not something exclusive to one group of people. I grew up in a very small town in the middle of Indiana, it was 1977 and race relations were, well, a lot different than they are today. In the little town I was from, there was but one African American family. Perhaps I was just young and didn’t understand how the world really worked, but everyone I knew sure seemed to adore the...

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Educated Idiot

Posted by on 11/16/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Educated Idiot

As I’ve gotten older I’ve given a great deal of thought as to how my father was perceived as a “Man”, not as the “Father” as I saw him. Unquestionably, he was and remains the biggest influence on my life. Sure, I’ve gained insight as to the kind of man he was by talking to older family members and some of his friends who survived him. I guess the things that stuck out the most to me was that he was described an engaging, fun loving man who never met a stranger. Oh, and one other thing, no one had ever...

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Lead by Example

Posted by on 09/30/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Lead by Example

I love watching my Grandchildren in their extracurricular activities. Football, Basketball, Softball. And of the many plays and musicals my Grand Daughter is involved with each year. I myself was very involved with sports throughout my school years.  Like Grandpa, my Grandson was starting his organized football career at an early age. A while back ago, I found myself at one of his football games and what I witnessed I felt compelled to write about. I try my best to live in the present. It seems, however, the older I get the easier it is to...

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COMMON GROUND

Posted by on 07/31/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

COMMON GROUND

I live in a bubble. At least that’s what my grown children tell me. “Things come easy for you!” They exclaim. Admittedly, it’s hard to argue with them considering the oceans of shit that I have managed to navigate myself through and still smell surprisingly rosy! Lol. Yet, should I attribute this to luck, hard work, or a combination of them both? I have a wonderful family and many trustworthy friends who would give the shirts off of their backs for me if deemed necessary. My work life has given me many opportunities to...

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The Henry Lee Summer Days: Paybacks are Hell

Posted by on 06/12/14 in Stories of the Road | 0 comments

When I was about 21 years old I guess I’d been working for Henry about two years. Henry was booked to play our old high school in Frankfort, Indiana. I say “our” because Henry’s sound engineer was a buddy of mine, who went to that very school with and was just a year ahead of me.  Well, as you can imagine, having only graduated from there a couple of years before, we were both very well acquainted with many of the students as well as much of the faculty and staff. The Faculty representative that greeted my partner at...

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Stories of the Road: Preface

Posted by on 06/12/14 in Stories of the Road | 0 comments

Stories of the Road: Preface

When I first started thinking about putting “Stories of the Road” together, I began to think about just how incredibly fortunate I’ve been. I have personally suffered through a heart attach and many losses in my life, including my wife. However, as far as my career is concerned, I believe I have been blessed. People are people, however, regardless of their talent or abilities, just because you write or perform a number one hit, does not necessarily mean you are a number one person. It means you have talent and talent, my...

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Wood&Steel Interview

Posted by on 05/22/14 in Interviews | 0 comments

Wood&Steel Interview

***Originally published in the Wood&Steel Magazine. Volume 45, Summer 2005.*** Techs get a bad rap. They’re often presumed to be either frustrated guitarists who grudgingly schlep around axes for those in the spotlight, or obsequious fans, eager to get close to their hero’s (and the attendant groupies). Preconceptions aside, the four techs we spoke to for this piece – Rocky Harrison (with the Alan Jackson Band), Pete Leonardo (America), Kelly Macaulay (Norah Jones and others), and George Webb (Pearl Jam) –...

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Impressions

Posted by on 05/15/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 1 comment

Impressions

We go through life meeting people. Sometimes we only know them for a few moments, yet we feel as if we know exactly what type of person they are, and what they are capable of doing. We all do it. Judge first, ask questions later. No one is immune. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that’s one of the reasons why our judicial system is so bogged down. We do our best to make sure potential jurors don’t have any preconceived notions, or impressions of the defendant. We go through a painstaking process at a great expense to tax...

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Disappointment

Posted by on 05/8/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Disappointment

Activities in my life recently have me reflecting on the earlier days of my youth. You know, it’s funny how so many experiences we have in our lives that not only seem eerily the same, but if we think about them, they are downright Deja Vu’. Yes, the names and dates have been changed to protect the innocent. Sorry Dragnet, Lol. But if we reflect long enough and look deep enough inside ourselves, we might just find that all future events are merely reflections of events from the past. I’m going to tell you a story of my past...

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