Truck Stop Troubadour Volume 14- Thanksgiving

I realize I began this blog with a promise that I would be consistent and dedicated, but alas! life is so complicated at times.  I noticed it has been two months since I wrote Part Seven of The Origins of Frankenstein Dog and I plan on making a nice dent in Part 8 at some point today, but let's do this one first: I have been working a lot--which is nothing new for me but between that and the gigs I've been playing, a performance on Q92 FM that I rehearsed for weeks, recording an EP and family responsibilities, my plate has been full (to use a lame and over used colloquialism). Now when I am with family and enjoying my turkey-less Thanksgiving, I am going to reflect on all the people and things in my life I am grateful for.  There are people who have helped along the way that I have so much gratitude for: Jamie Saft for his help with my music, the folks at Baldwin Winery who really got the ball rolling for me, Megan Eckert who helped get me so many more gigs out of nothing but the kindness of her very humane and animal loving heart; Tiffy from Robibero Winery who helped me out so much this year, Uncle Mike from WRWD who hooked me up with so many cool things and events, John Burdick for writing that incredible review of my acoustic album, MK for playing my songs on her WDST radio show "Locally Grown"...I mean the list can almost go on indefinitely because there were so many people instrumental in helping me experience my greatest year as a singer-2016 (and, please, I realize this list is woefully incomplete and if I left you out it wasn't on purpose).
When we are young we never imagine that our greatest year will be smooshed in between driving a truck 70 hrs a week, supporting a family and being 46 years old but life is inconvenient like that.  I do remember going to Oscar Montessa, Ludwig;s dad, for a reading when I was in my twenties and he said to me that I would absolutely realize all of my dreams and aspirations but I will need to be patient because "it won't be for some time."  And, of course, cynical bastard that I was, I just assumed that was his way of pacifying my angst.
Even this blog has been magical in its own right.  I wrote one about my childhood friendship with Chris Notaro from the Crumbsuckers and he found it online, got in touch and we talk almost daily once again.  Cat Ballou, a writer who penned my first review in 1995 in The Woodstock Times, found me through this site also.  That review when I was twenty-five was so important to me.  I still use a quote from it on my website.
Cat Ballou is a card actually.  I remember in 2006 I was asked to be the musical director on a Sam Shepherd play that was being directed and produced by Glen Lazslo Weiss and starred so many fine actors--and like many dramatic affairs, there was no shortage of ego on the stage.  Well Cat Ballou showed up unexpectedly and wrote a review in The Kingston Freeman that said--to paraphrase--I came to see this play because I like Sam Shepherd, but mostly because Billy Manas of Frankenstein Dog was in charge of the music.  To use another colorful colloquialism, that went over like a fart in church.  And just like a fart in church, it made me laugh.
Well that gets the rust off the typewriter, as it were.  Winery season draws to a close and I have no plans to hibernate.  I have the finishing touches on the new EP, my blog, goal setting, lots of groceries to deliver, books to read, motivational tapes to listen to, and life to live and before I know it, I'll be setting my PA back up at Baldwin Winery and playing all kinds of new stuff so the employees don't get bored.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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