It's that time of year again. The hustle and bustle syndrome is about to unload full force in my neck of the woods, so I'm getting an early start. I truly want to avoid getting caught up in traffic on City streets as well as all the virtual traffic right here on this computer keyboard. The song I put together for this season of joy and glee is wishful thinking on my part. In other words it's just my imagination a runnin away with me! Without imagination and the ability to feel just as good behind a thought as I would in material reality I'd more likely than not be a basket case.
Back to optimism and wishful thinking. The song "Christmas Together" resulted after thinking myself into a positive mental attitude as far as relationships may go this holiday season. I'm honestly wishing you all the best so I'm sending out good vibes to each and everyone this Christmas. "Feel good" I demand it! Just kidding, but it is one of those tunes that can bring the happy out in even Mr. Scrooge although it wasn't written with him in mind, but then again he's a person too and he deserves a break from the turmoil associated with everyday routine and rhetoric! I think we all do, and I needed it too! So at the risk of sending out crossed emotional signals appearing to be happy right after a relationship blowout I ignored my emotions and laid fast grip to the thought of being happy then pursued it in diligent vigor! Well as much as I could in a weeks time! I managed to get in a slide type video depicting the song with lyrics and the whole time I honestly had you the listener in mind. While I can still count and visualize my loyal following my loyalty to all listeners is still intact and getting better. I feel pretty good about that and I feel pretty darn good about you too!
This is for you! Christmas Together Merry Christmas, Leo
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We practiced for 6 weeks two times a week. I noticed Bob the drummer was having a hard time getting on count every time we began to work on one of my originals. So we'd get him on track and he'd make it through a song after about 3 passes. Needless to say this is just as hard on the mind as it is on the vocal chords to keep singing over and over again mot to mention the excessive wear and tear on strings and equipment.
We tried various ways to get him to remember his beats on his own and the BPM (beats per minute) for each song we rehearsed. I didn't mind so much at first and I kept going because I felt that sooner or later it would kick in with him. Don't get me wrong when he did get on the groove it was popping and in the pocket it just took so long to get him there and by the next practice we had to do it all over again.
We all like Bob allot, but I did get indication from Ez (Bass) and David (Temp Keyboardist) that Bob may not be able to cut it. The straw that broke the camels back was rehearsal on October 20th where we as a group were going to the Cannibar at 9:00 P.M. the same night to give support to some fellow musicians out on a inner city gig.
It's been my experience that when one of my musician friends or acquaintances ask me specifically to show up at one of their events they most generally ask at some pint over the mic for me to come up and grace the crowd and them by performing something from my music library. Everyone in the band knew this and David was out of town doing some music stuff in South America and wouldn't/won't be back until October 28th.
That means we would've had to 3 piece it (Bass, Drums and me) and that takes a little rearranging and extra effort on the part of all concerned. Well as fate would have it 35 minutes into the practice he had gotten lost and couldn't repeat what he had been doing for an hour earlier on in the day while rehearsing alone with me before Ez got there. I just blew my top and said "you've got to be f'N kidding me"! If he could forget that quickly what the hell was going to happen in front of an audience and our host band that evening?
So he eventually just admitted he couldn't hang and I had to agree because there's no way I would have felt secure enough with his level of recall to perform in front of an audience and Ezra felt the same way. So in essence we didn't make it to the Cannibar and were just frustrated as hell after all the time we put into Bob and seeing it all go down the drain.
It's strange how this worked out with him and I have to say I've never seen anyone try so hard and accomplish so little. We feel bad for Bob and he's still a friend. He can come by to Jam, kick it or whatever, but being considered as the bands drummer is now out of his reach because too much time has been wasted to date and we have to get on with it.
Enter Leonard III, my oldest son who's been drumming since age 5 and plays regularly for Churches around the Columbus area. My concern with him is He's not really played the secular set very often other than being out with me jamming some Hendrix tunes at a few jam sessions now and then. I can't help but feel this may be a little too much for him as well, but he wants to try and miracles do happen!
I've been used to doing things myself and the 's changing up slowly but surely. The latest addition to the band is Bob Thomas a native of Chillicothe Ohio. One of the very special things about Bob is his willingness to learn my way of doing things. This sets him apart and above other musicians with me because he doesn't require allot of explanation as to why I need things a certain way he basically understood that from the very beginning and unlike others he appreciates that portion of my character.
Ezra my 36 year old son and Bass Player has this same basic knowledge of me, but as with most harbors a mild resentment toward my inflexibility on certain aspects of arrangement and projection of the musical content, but nevertheless complies and is very good at it I might add.
It astounds me how musicians who've been playing for years find matching my material somewhat difficult especially after hearing them say "it sounds easy"! I have a keyboard stand in who I won't name without his permission who reads sheet, plays for numerous churches and is involved in different projects that finds it hard to hit what I call basic chord chops on the piano in syncopated time.
Still looking for that keyboardist or pianist who fits the "Mixed Breed" profile and until then the one we have to work with will be standing in and I'm very grateful to have him.
This is just a little something to keep interested parties up to date with what's going on with me and now the "Mixed Breed Band". Thanks for reading and until next time live smooth!
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Interview with Leo Bowers and the Mixed Breed Band. The video will be available for viewing Sunday September 22nd. It will be conducted by Leo's daughter Eva DA Boss Bowers covering Leo and the 3 members of the band; Ezra Bowers (bass), Bob Thomas (Drums), and David H. Boyd Keyboards).
The whole purpose of the interview is to get the lowdown on what's really going on behind the scenes as the work to put this band on the map is under way. Allot of you know me (Leo) from years of giving ear to my sometimes mediocre releases of days gone by all the way to the present, but now things are starting to get allot more serious both musically and on the business end of things. So rather than write a bunch of text trying to tell you about things you can only visualize in your mind I've decided to let these musicians speak for themselves affording you the opportunity to observe their statements and get a feel for who they are and what they're all about. I believe they can tell you more about themselves than I could possibly do especially when you can hear and see to feel for yourself.
You get to be the judge! Are these cats genuine or phony? Will they live up to the task of performing with conviction and accuracy or just muddle through it going through the motions? Do they even have what it takes to be major contenders in the quest for top dogs of Columbus Ohio's finest, or will they be just another run of the mill weekend noise maker?
What is the fate of Leo Bowers and the Mixed Breed Bands efforts? Could it be they're destined to prevail or flop? Are they convincing only by Leo's Facebook and text with pictures or will they deliver more than you may imagine? Hmmm?
watch for it Sunday 9/18/2013 and get the feel for yourself! You be the judge
LOVE FOR SALE
Different people from various cultures have differing outlooks on life, words, and meaning. Take love for instance; what does it mean to you? If you could answer me your insights on the subject would differ from mine by some degree and so it is the world over. The fact is that love is a thing that requires others to be in the mix to give or receive and this holds true for the whole globe.
When a husband goes to work and comes home to mow the lawn or fix the wife's flat tire why does he do it? Is it love, commitment, duty or desire? The same holds true for a wife; why does she wash clothes for her family, clean house and both try to instill standards and values in their offspring; is it love, commitment, duty or desire?
One thing I know for sure feelings of proverbial love set aside is that it defaults to exchange of services for services rendered at least it has always been that way for me.
If you have a few select friends on the side they too take some of your life's time to interact with which borrows time from the ones closest to you and in your immediate circle, so you see there's only so much time/love to go around. How about your job? Don't you sell your (life's time) to them to make that paycheck to take care of the family that depends on you? So then they that depend on you return favor and respect by keeping things in order on the home-front correct? Are they not selling their (life's time) to you for the provision of security?
The time you spend in your life doing things for others is in fact more love than the word pouring from the mouth or the passion exchanged between partners etc... In fact your time and effort in this life is the product of Love. If you just give it away with no returns you're most likely a vagrant and can't afford a computer to read what I'm writing much less even know how to use it to be able to read in the first place.
Everyone is selling something from the bum on the corner panhandling to the white house at least in these United States and I imagine other nations have their systems of society as well...dugh! If everybody else is either trying to sell something from talk to get your time to food to feed your face and you're not selling anything then you're either filthy rich or you're just a plain fool in which case I'm wasting my words because you'd not be able to grasp what I consider to be very basic or common. Like "Common courtesy" not so common anymore because we live in a world people who only see themselves and their own needs to the tune of money grabbing to murders, robberies, rapes you name it - they do it! They want something free, and it's not free anywhere even a glass of water from your faucet comes with a price tag. Granted many of us give it without a second thought, but the fact is we have a water bill or living in an apartment the landlord pays it and passes it on to you in the amount of rent you pay , but you do pay!
From a centered viewpoint it's obvious that love has a price tag requiring some form of return and thats a rap!
LOVE FOR SALE
I get it when allot of people think I'm stuck on myself. My question is who the hell am I supposed to be stuck on? I mean I've been stuck on other people before in my life, but they all come and go one way or another. the fact is the only constant I've had in this life is myself so If I'm going to be stuck with anyone it's surely got to be me!
Now then if I'm stuck with me I may as well be stuck on me because I'm the only one in the world capable of giving myself the undivided attention I need in order to make it through this trip in one piece. One slip-up and if the sky is the limit hat's in store for me in the opposite direction!
So there's something that equates to heaven or hell just as much as there is (-10) and (+10). While I'm here on this planet it's good to know that there are witnesses to events of my life other than the negative although the negative may be responsible for allot of the positive movements I prefer to be remembered for the good things I've done - who doesn't?
One thing I think I want remembered more than anything is my name. Leonard W. Bowers Jr. AKA (Leo Bowers) in my own right. I've touched allot of people with my music over the years and need to start compiling list so I can see for myself who they are by the numbers. It seems that many would want to at least acknowledge me, but alas I've been blessed with an understanding of a basic human nature that simply states that for the most part many people resent the thing they love especially when they can't possess it.
Although you can't possess me anymore than I you there's still the question of acknowledgement so when you get a little time and are feeling chartable visit my site and listen for free and yes even download what you want for free, and if the charity kicks in make a donation. If you can't bring yourself to do that then maybe you have something nice to say and that's good too. But the best thing you can do in return for my efforts to give, is just to "Say My Name".
PLEASE COME HOME TODAY
I think I started feeling the need for a female in my life as early as I can remember living and seeing the world around me. It all started with my Mom who was only 18 and freshly married to my father when she brought me into this world. I can remember my own presence back a far as being 3 years of age when she was only 21, youthful and a sight to behold. I still feel the tenderness and caring emanating from times long past to this day. I think my mother's love is the introductory relationship forming the need for a woman in my life. At 15 I was into establishing relationships and prematurely seeking what I've now come to understand as a counter part. I also understand a partner to be that feminine characteristic that is needed in my life to maintain balance. Left totally to myself my ego says I can manage, but my logic tells me that I would become too rigid, firm and intolerant by the standards required in the norm of social interactions. Without the balance of a good feminine aspect of character in my life I would be merely existing and just going through the motions without reason or rhyme because when that closeness of sharing is absent my own caring nurturing aspect begins to fade and I know this because I've had to live and exist under this circumstance on more than one occasion.
Don't get me wrong I'm not advocating co-dependency in any form as a societal life standard, but when you get right down to it there are two sides to everything functional from day and night to the opposite sides of a battery cell. Anything that produces energy and I quote "PRODUCES" has two major elements interacting that are for the most part opposite forms of energy. I didn't see things as clearly when I was a younger man partially because I thought with my emotions and logic out of balance, but then how many young people are there doing exactly the same thing now? How many have to grow much older before this understanding kicks in? Don't answer me answer yourself, how about you? I've had a few loves in my life and I can think about something good in each of them that has helped me to grow even if only slightly it took me to the next step to gaining a better understanding of myself. Everyone has memories good and not so good, but why slow your growth and stunt the love within you by seeing the bad as anything other than growing pains and seeing the good with fondness and appreciation for life shared and cherished. Goodness brings more goodness so let the good in our past experiences pervade our memories making a great day and a brighter future available to everyone we come in contact with on this journey.