So things have been a little down, but then up since the last time that I wrote. First, there was the very sad and untimely death of a good friend, Mr. John Slate. Slate was one of the best saxophonists that I know, and even more so, a first class gentleman and friend. He always greeted me (and almost everyone else that I saw) with a smile, “what’s up”, and then he would launch into a great story about what ever you had going on. We usually found ourselves talking about jazz or comparing notes from Berklee College of Music. It was always great conversation wherever it led to. I, along with many countless amounts of family and friends will miss him terribly.
My parents are the greatest. I honestly don’t think that I go a day without saying or thinking that statement. They are retired (whatever that means if you know them) and they enjoy traveling and other projects. Well, one project (really a gift) is that they offered to paint all of the downstairs of my house. WHAT?????!!!!!!!! We accepted and for two days, my house was turned upsdide down and completely redone. It looks fantastic, to say the least. Of course, after the painting was done, my wife says that we should rearrange the house…room by room! Now we are looking for someone to install some hardwood flooring…at a good price (hint hint…we are looking for estimates).
For the Fourth of July, we really didn’t do a lot. Most of the day was spent watching television, playing wii, or listening to all of the neighbors blow up their fireworks…FROM 1:00PM TO 1:00AM!!!!!!!!!!!! The tiny street that I live on looked like the after affects of one of those Gladiator or Braveheart type movies. Actually, my wife likes those period movies, but I think that she hated the noise all day and night.
July 5th is my sister’s birthday. There was a huge celebration for her at my Number 1’s* house in Mt. Awendaw. I say Mt. Awendaw because she lives right on the line that separates Mt. Pleasant and Awendaw. My sister is also the greatest. She really looks after me in the truest sense of protecting and looking out for her little brother. She is my sister/manager/critic/advisor/ and I love her very much. Great family, friends, music, food, and atmosphere. It was a great day.
As for gigs this week, everything is the same…Charleston Grill on Tuesday and Thursday, High Cotton on Wednesday, Pilot Lounge and Bistro on Thursday…Church on Sunday, although I don’t really call that a gig.
See you next time.