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Challenges – Stick Shift

Posted by on 04/21/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Challenges – Stick Shift

We all try and have as much patience as we can, it’s human nature for those of us that actually care. It’s something that we try and instill in our children at very early ages, and we hope that they carry that lesson with them their entire lives. Fundamentally, I believe we never truly stop learning, no matter what age we are, we will continue to learn until the day we die. There are two specific instances of using patience on my part, and overcoming challenges as an adult on my wife’s behalf. Both of these stories revolve...

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Simple Man

Posted by on 04/7/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Simple Man

Admittedly, this story has taken me a while to write, but one worth telling. Especially given the recent events in my life. It’s the story of a simple guy, who worked for another, not so simple guy. Now, I don’t want to put down, or belittle the simple man because in fact, he was the most honest guy you might meet. Some would say, “The guy can be an asshole, but I’d trust him with my life.” I guess with good, there’s always a little bad. As a matter of fact, it got him in trouble more times he’d care...

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Disposable Me

Posted by on 03/20/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Disposable Me

I remember sitting in the living room as a child listening to my Parents and Grandparents talking about how “They just don’t make things like they used to.” I’m sure every household in America, over many generations, have had THAT talk amongst themselves. It’s a topic of conversation that seems to grow with every passing year. Everyone wants everything to last forever. Being a consumer, my line of thinking tends to lean in that direction as well. When I buy something, I expect it to last. Now, that being said, it...

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Know It All, Not “Mr. Knowitall”

Posted by on 03/19/14 in Tricks of the Trade | 0 comments

Know It All, Not “Mr. Knowitall”

There are many positions that can, and will, be filled for the traveling musical group or artist. Although it is important that you become “Expert”, or “Known” in at least one particular field (Audio, Video, Back line etc.) it is also of utmost importance that you learn about, or at least have a working knowledge of all the other areas. (Audio, Video, Back Line etc.) Here’s an example: If you are a Backline Tech. (Guitar, Drums, Keyboards etc.) having a working knowledge of audio might give you insight into...

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Sandpaper

Posted by on 03/15/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 1 comment

Sandpaper

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what motivates us all. What makes us say, act, and do as we do each day? It’s not a simple question, and the answers, well the answers are infinite. I talk about my life and my work often in this blog (is there a difference?) Almost everyone does their best to try and separate work from their home life, and in most if not all cases, I believe this to be true. I’ll try and give you an example of exactly what I’m talking about.  When I would go to work and leave on Wednesday, get...

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Change

Posted by on 03/7/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Change

A while back ago, and actually almost every day, I talk to family and work colleagues. Men, women, the young and the old. Just starting out in life and those who are approaching the end of a wonderful career. Don’t ask me how it happened, (I’d only be guessing anyway!) but somehow after thirty-two years in the business the one thing I have in common with them all, I’m their Friend. And after speaking with them, I’ve come to some very real conclusions. First, it seems in my studies that a “riff”, for lack of...

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Harry Connick Jr Talks About Rocky with David Letterman

Posted by on 03/5/14 in A Day in the LIfe, Videos | 2 comments

Harry Connick Jr Talks About Rocky with David Letterman

This cut from the Letterman Show has a little back story I’d like to tell you about. When I was Harry Connick Jr.’s Stage Manager, there was a period of time that he was pursuing movie rolls (Independence Day, Hope Floats and Copycat to name a few.) while playing music only sporadically. While he was filming, he encouraged me to do other projects but be there for him when necessary. He had me on salary the entire time BTW! Well, during this time I had the opportunity  to go out as guitar tech for musician and talk show host John...

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Never Ending Number of Firsts

Posted by on 02/21/14 in A Day in the LIfe | 0 comments

Never Ending Number of Firsts

I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about my “first” blog. And then I began to think about how wonderful this week has been. Rarely in life is a man blessed with so many loving friends and family. Their help, guidance and advice has been invaluable during this week’s  exciting events. Without all of them, my dream of RocktheRoadie would have remained just that…a dream. In future blogs, I plan to talk about everything from gigs of the past week, to the colorful people that are all around me, who never seem to...

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