Happy New Year
Hello my friends! What a year 2008 has been. It started kind of slow, but ended up being my most productive year ever, musically speaking.
I found some new places to play, returned to some old favorite places, and sadly, saw one or two places for the last time.
I got a chance to play with some great musicians, and also saw my solo act expand into new directions as I had an opportunity to play on my own more than ever before. One of the highlights has to be when my friend Deb Herbert came home from Denmark for a visit and we played a gig at The Big Tree Inn in Geneseo. We had hundreds of people partying on Main Street as we turned the front porch into a stage, and jammed with a band of local all stars. What a night. Speaking of bands, W.B. Blues went "on hiatus," which is to say we didn't officially break up. Our lives just got suffiently busy that we decided to put the project on the back burner for a while. We did one last set at the Geneseo Summer Festival in the park, which seemed a fitting place to go out in front of so many familiar faces. I am happy to say that although we aren't performing together as a trio, there isn't any acrimony among the members, and you can still occasionally see any combination of the members sitting in with each other for a song or two at various jams. The week before Christmas even saw an impromtu reunion as the three of us played a set of blues Christmas Carols. at the Beale Street Son House night.
In the area of my personal life, well it has been a tumultuous year. There has been some romance and some.....non-romance (is that a word?) I think I'll just leave it at that.
I made some real progress on getting my barn one step closer to being the music studio I envision, but also had longer periods of inactivity on the property.
2008 is also the year my mother was diagnosed with cancer. If you've been through this, you know that absolutely everything else takes a back seat. Gigs, property, bands, love life all go out the window and you just concentrate on your loved one. You also draw stength from those around you, and I found out just how many wonderful friends I really have. That includes many of you who may be reading this. Your prayers and messages of support during that time helped me, and my mom more than I can ever express. I'm happy to report that her treatment seemed to be successful and while we can't say the cancer is gone, things are headed in the right direction at this time. I can't say Thank You enough times to all of you who expressed your support directly, and to those of you who just quietly remembered my family in your prayers.
Who knows what 2009 will bring? As I write this, I realize that a year never ends the way you think it will based on the beginning. I'm sure it will be full of surprises, both good and bad. Here's hoping that your journey to the end of 2009 is safe, happy, and bountiful.
Posted by westguitar
at 8:34 PM EST