Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sorry, I didn't mean to do that!

Well the hiatus between posts got exponentially longer.  I have to go change a tire on my wife's car, so I figure I'd procrastinate by writing a post instead.

I think I'm going to have go about recounting the last 6 weeks in reverse chronological order, and cover them pretty sparsely.  Otherwise it'll turn into a thesis since we've all been BUSY.

First things first, I'm typing this on a new iMac.  I finally bought into the Apple ecosystem, half out of curiosity and half out of the false hope that my singular purchase would rebound AAPL into the stratosphere.  I'm only down $120 a share.  /sigh  For once I'm glad I'm not really rich and own like 10k shares.  That would be a big pucker factor, although I'd probably be a bit more active in managing my stocks.  Anyway(!), I am enjoying it pretty well, and getting used to the Mac way of life.  It's not terribly different.  Just a different ways of doing things on the keyboard and the same goes for the o/s.  It pays to be a genius.

I'm not sure what happened before that, so I'll just cover all the musical stuff.  I've been to several concerts, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band (my wonderful father's day present), and me and boys are going to see Tab Benoit at the end of July, and then in August, Penny and I are going to the Guitar Circus with BB King, Sonny Landreth, and Peter Frampton.  That should be pretty cool.  I wish I could have seen BB 10 years ago, I hear he doesn't play too much anymore since he's getting up there.  It's great he still tours, but it would have been great to see him closer to his prime.

The opening act for both Gov't Mule and TTB was the Revivialists out of NOLA.  I've really enjoyed discovering their music.  They got a great sound and are a very talented group.  They play a diverse range of music as well.  I'll post up a vid at the end of this post.

Also out of NOLA is Tab Benoit.  I'm learning a couple of his songs right now, and they are really fun to play.  He has a great old blues sound without being too cliche.

Let's see what else...

Ah yes, Father's Day was spent out in the woods at Bear Camp.  I was hesitant about the weather, but it ended up being a great time.  AB had a ton of fun, and I think he's enjoying his summer quite a bit.  He just finished up soccer camp at Rockhurst, where they had Seth Sinovic from SKC up to pep talk the campers (and recruit for his alma mater).  AB is a slab of muscle, and I can scarcely believe it.  We were wrestling yesterday and it's unbelieveable how strong my little 8 year old is.  Time for old dad to start power lifting and juicing otherwise I'll thrown through the wall in the next few years.  Jeesh!

K is wild as always, although he is growing up quick as well.  AB and K play together so well it kind of catches me off guard.  AB can be pretty selective about who he hangs out with, so it's surprising how much he likes his irritating little brother!  K loves to come in first thing in the morning and get some cuddle time in, so that's a nice way to start the day.

I was considering writing a op-ed on the NSA "scandal", but I'll save that for later.  For now, enjoy some tunes!

First up, getcha some Mule!

Next up, the Revivalists...

And the incomparable Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

And last, but certainly not least, Tab Benoit!