Re: Florida is at it again
You added a pic... nice, the Silver Tongue Devil surrounded by pretty gals.
Dave, I'm 75, played guitar and sang country songs at a couple blood and guts saloons when I was young, then switched to an arranger keyboard and never looked back. Now I play a Yamaha PSR-S950, I have a couple Bose L1 Compact amps for my PA system, still sing to the ladies 5 to 7 days a week.
You DOG..so cool. Nothing like hearing true applause, such a great feeling. When I bought the boat about 10 months ago, all my time has gone to it. Now if I pick up the guitar, my fingers say"you want me to do WHAT? Big reason I want to get on the water to get them back. I'm taking a mixer to power the acoustic mic, and all the recording software is on the Lenova I'm taking. A bunch of sheet music as well. That Yamaha you have is great. Unlike my DX-7 that requires a computer to access all the potential voices, a PITA, you have all you need at your finger tips. I'm curious, when I played and sang 20 hours a week long ago, Shure Vocal Master..took a truck to move it, I played much better, but to my surprise, my voice has gotten better with the years, especially on those great old country songs. Life experience counts!
The only difference between now and a decade ago is that when October rolls around, I'm putting the sails up and pointing the bow south, and not stopping till my age and the temperature are the same, which should put me back in Marathon Key for the winter months. I played at a few locations there this past winter and the managers didn't want me to leave. I didn't want to either, but had contractual agreements to perform back home from April 1 through October 1, so, reluctantly, I returned to the frozen north of Maryland.
WOW, Gary, you're a pro. I couldn't ever be. When I said I moved from Dallas to Florida to get away from drugs, it's not changed. I can turn down a drink no problem, but if someone throws a bag of dope on the table in front of me, it's a risk. I've stayed clean for 35 years only because I'm careful, very careful, who I let in my life. So it's just recording for me, and I have little to show because of the boat. My brother plays flute well and has the same software and tastes, and is better at handling the drum tracks, strings, I have about mastered, and there is a new gal in the park that plays stand up base with a Blue Grass team, not my thing, but I might check her out. They have invited me, but like you, I prefer to play alone. I tend to do tempo changes and improv. So I don't play well with others, that doesn't make me a bad person...although not all agree.
Unfortunately, I somehow messed up my lower back and may have to have some surgery to correct the problem, which may preclude me taking the boat back to the keys this winter. I hope not, but you never quite know.
I'm sorry to hear that, and hope it isn't as serious as mine. Herniated disc, three years ago kept me in a recliner for 6 months. I can lift carefully but not twist my spine. Work on the boat took several time as long because of it. MANY days, I would get in an hours work in cramped quarters and the rest of the day in bed. The effort set me back about a year on the daily pain level, so until you know for sure what's what back there, take it as easy as you can, and as I'm sure you know, get a trusted second opinion before letting them go in with the tools. My brother is smart and wealthy and after 12 years with his, he has had too many Docs tell him it's a very risky gamble. So he lives with it, as do I. Why I'm afraid of the sails. Maybe after this trip, I'll have more confidence, and put em on to test close to home.
Gettin' old ain't fer wimps and sissies,
I heard Katheryn Hepburn coined that first. What I DO know, is it's for darn sure true.
Take care, and thank you for sharing, you have my utmost respect. I hope you are able to do the winter Keys, If all goes well, I'll be there in your audience.
If the Mod wants to move this conversation, I understand. Thanks for your tolerance.
Last edited by H2O-Dave; 04-22-2015 at 05:53 PM.